As one of the high school groups receiving the most votes in the nation in SUBWAY’s High School Heroes II Competition, Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s Habitat for Humanity Charter is now a finalist, competing to win up to $20,000. The Ladue Schools Habitat for Humanity Charter is the only such charter held by a school in Missouri, and one of only a few in the nation. The finalist positions went to the four organizations in various school population categories receiving the most votes for their work as “heroes” during a national online public voting period.
Finalists were announced on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011.
“We’re just thrilled to be in the finals,” states Debra Carson, a math teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School and sponsor of the Habitat for Humanity Charter. “There were so many high school teams and clubs competing and all of them had such great success stories to tell. It was inspiring for our students just to be a part of it. To have been chosen as a finalist is just incredible and says so much about the great work being done by Ladue Schools students.”
The ultimate winner will be decided by Dec. 16, 2011, after the judging of one-minute videos created by each organization. Videos will be judged for persuasiveness, originality, expression of school spirit and appropriateness to the sponsor (SUBWAY.) With no “build” on the immediate schedule, Ladue Schools Habitat for Humanity students will feature themselves working at ReStore, Habitat for Humanity’s low-cost alternative to traditional hardware stores, which provides additional financial support for the St. Louis affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.
The Ladue Schools high school charter began four years ago when two students, Kim Eiger and Mary Kennedy, came to Carson asking if it was possible to have their own charter. Today, the charter has over 65 active members who participate on 10-12 build sites each year. “It’s a bit different for younger adults because they are not allowed to do the climbing, nailing and heavy work,” explains Carson. “Many times their tasks are much less glamorous, like shoveling mud and removing waste from the site. However, it doesn’t seem to dampen their enthusiasm one bit.”
Runners-up receive $10,000 each, so Carson already considers her students winners. The money will be used to elevate the chapter’s level of sponsorship of Habitat for Humanity.