On Saturday, January 20th, 2018, the Warwick chapter of National Honor Society participated in the Capitol Area Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics. Throughout the month of December students, faculty, and administration contributed money to determine who the participants would be. NHS members in the "Penny War for the Polar Bear Plunge" were Billy Quinn, Kendall Rothfus, Reilly Meyer, and Eric Matt, and the faculty participants were Mrs. Bohan, Mr. Mount, Mr. Neuman, and Mrs. Szobocsan. After totaling all the donations, Billy, Eric, and Mrs. Bohan won the challenge to wade into freezing cold water, all for a great cause.
On the day of the event, these three were joined by Mrs. Lefever, NHS advisor; Mr. Nathan Wertsch, Chief Financial Officer for Warwick School District, and Lynn Lopez, Special Olympics of Lancaster County. Over 300 people took the plunge into 33 degree water. It took them 2 1/2 hours just to remove the ice for the event, held at Gifford Pinchot State Park. Over $100,000 was raised for local Special Olympians.
The Warwick chapter of NHS has worked with Special Olympics of Lancaster County for several years by helping with their annual bowling tournament, sponsoring a dance and activity night, and assisting with their spring picnic. They are proud and lucky to work with this amazing group that provides opportunities for Special Olympians to participate and compete in sports ranging from bocce ball, to soccer, to basketball, to alpine skiing.