LOWELL | "Eat pasta, beat the Bulldogs" is the plan Friday night at The Inferno, where the Lowell High School varsity football team hosts Crown Point in the season opener.
Prior to the 7 p.m. kick-off, the RDP (Red Devil Pride) Scholarship Committee is hosting a spaghetti supper to fund scholarships for graduating seniors.
The spaghetti dinner will be prepared by caterer and retired teacher Thomas Sufana and served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Lowell High School cafeteria, 2051 E. Commercial Ave. Spaghetti, salad, five-cheese bread from Market Day, dessert, and drinks are on the menu.
Tickets available at the door are $8 for adults (dine-in or carry-out) and $5 for senior citizens (65 and older) and elementary (grade 5 and younger), while a donation is asked for diners 5 and younger.
The RDP Scholarship Committee was formed in 2010, when a small group of LHS teachers and students met to raise money for academic scholarships. Fundraisers have included a car wash, Halloween Haunted Trail, and Market Day grocery, computer bag and Fannie May candy sales.
Students organizers include recent graduates Mitch Roadruck and Cambria Wynsma; seniors Kenny Hughes, Kaitlyn McClintic, Jake Gross, Whitney Cross and Jenny Reed; juniors Julie Rickaby, Megan Robinson and Jordan Szorc;, and sophomores Paige Dougherty, Paige Roadruck, Chris Stanton and Matt Wilson.
In establishing the scholarship criteria, "Students on the committee were purposely left out of this decision-making process so as not to give them any advantage should they apply," said Kathy Nelson, LHS Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education coordinator and committee member.
With the cost of post-secondary expenses rising, teachers Randy Bays, Terry Brandush, Chris Werling and Nelson decided to offer four scholarships worth $1,000 each. To give a variety of students an opportunity, the scholarships are based on student GPA’s (3.5 and above, 3.0 to below 3.5, 2.5 to below 3.0 and a vocational scholarship to students with a 2.0 or better) along with attendance, community service and extracurricular activities. With the help of the Tri-Creek Education Foundation, an application and interview process was established.
"All of the hard work and fundraising came to fruition this past spring as the first RDP Academic Scholarships were awarded," Nelson said.
Donate by contacting Nelson at Lowell High School, (219) 696-7733, ext. 1782 or the Tri-Creek Education Foundation at (219) 750-1262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.