2018-02-08 / News

DHS DECA organizes Polar Plunge for DHS students


Students from Davison High School’s DECA program supporting Special Olympics during the Polar Plunge on Lake Fenton, Feb. 3. 
Photos courtesy of Davison Community Schools Students from Davison High School’s DECA program supporting Special Olympics during the Polar Plunge on Lake Fenton, Feb. 3. Photos courtesy of Davison Community Schools DAVISON — Davison High School DECA chapter members Grace Olson, Libby Olson and Mitchell Malenich organized Davison High School students and staff to jump in the Feb. 3 Polar Plunge.

A Polar Plunge is held in the middle of winter on frozen Lake Fenton.

The snow and the cold couldn’t stop Davison High School students and staff from taking a dive for a great cause.

More than 50 family members, school staff and Davison students came to cheer on the Davison Cardinals as they took the plunge into frigid water in support of Special Olympics.

Davison High School Principal Sue Kenkel and Assistant Principal Julie Malenich were also there to show support.

The 10th annual Fenton Polar Plunge raises money for the Special Olympics.


Emergency personnel standing by at Lake Fenton help pull Polar Plungers from Davison High School out of freezing Lake Fenton. Emergency personnel standing by at Lake Fenton help pull Polar Plungers from Davison High School out of freezing Lake Fenton. “This was Davison’s first time participating in this event but it will definitely not be the last!” said event coordinator Grace Olson.

Thirteen Davison high school students and two staff members took the PLUNGE to support the Unified Champions, a new club at Davison High school that brings together students with and without intellectual disabilities to play united sports, participate in school leadership and bring awareness of respect and acceptance for all students.

Student jumpers included: Grace Olson-senior, Mitchell Malenich-senior, Carter Holmes-senior, Drew Fleming-senior, Ellie Crandall-senior, Ellie Timmons-junior, Elijah Collins-junior, Brendan Biazza-sophomore, Lauren Torok- sophomore,

Spencer Toroksophomore, Ella

Isham-sophomore, Cassie Allardsophomore, and Joe Fry-freshman. Michael McCollum, STEM Teacher and Doug Wilson, Special Education Teacher also both gave up their time to support this effort.

“I was overwhelmed by the support we received from Davison students, staff and the community as a whole,” said Grace Olson, a senior at DHS. “Everyone I talked to was quick to help in any way possible. It really helped raise awareness for students with disabilities and brought us together as a community. I feel proud of what we accomplished.

The Davison High School Unified Champion School Club raised more than $2,300! The group set a goal of raising $1,000 but more than doubled their expectations. Top fundraisers were Brendan Biazza, who raised more than $800, and Grace Olson, who raised $600. Every student reported they would definitely return for this event next year.

In total, this year’s area Polar Plunge raised more than $81,000 for Special Olympic athletes.

“This group of students from DHS really took charge of this campaign to help a great cause and further the identity of the Unified Champions program started last year by some of these same student leaders,” said Kenkel. “They quickly realized the impact of their positive leadership when 15 students and staff agreed to take the plunge and they more than doubled the goal they had set for themselves. I am extremely proud of their leadership and passion to help bring respect and acceptance for everyone at Davison High School.”

The DHS Unified Champions group meets on Wednesday mornings for group games, activities and projects, they have gone bowling together and plan to participate in the Special Olympics Bowling Challenge. The group decorates lockers with positive messages and randomly hands out business-card size kindness messages. — G.G.

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