The 2012 Carolinas Student Hunger Drive concluded earlier this month with a total collection of 112,902 pounds of nonperishable food items worth more than $225,000.
That represented a 28.7 percent increase over last years drive and increased the three-year total to more than 250,000 pounds for distribution by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina network of emergency pantries. Nineteen area high schools participated in the six-week program.
Top-performing schools received cash awards: Large School Division ($2,000 award), Fort Mill High, 13.94 lbs. per student; Small School Division ($2,000), Cabarrus Kannapolis Early College High, 32.1 lbs.; Large School Runner-Up ($1,000), Nation Ford High, 7.62 lbs.; Small School Runner-Up ($1,000), Hickory Ridge High, 9.82 lbs.; Most Innovative Idea Winner ($250 each), tie between South Mecklenburg High for its Vote for your CANdidate event and Providence High for its promotional Canz A Make Her Dance video; Biggest Increase ($500), Nations Ford High, 113 percent increase over its 2011 total. Bryanna Norwood of East Mecklenburg High won the Food Lion Student MVP Award and a $250 scholarship.