Fort Mill High School and Cabarrus Early College high school won top awards in this year’s Carolinas Student Hunger Drive, according to sponsors of the annual event.
In all, students from nearly 20 participating schools collected 112,902 pounds of non-perishable food items, worth more than $225,000. That is a 28.7 percent increase over last year, organizers of the effort say.
The food is given to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, for its network of emergency pantries.
Fort Mill High collected an average of 13.94 pounds per student, winning the Large School Division. Cabarrus Early College collected an average of 32.1 pounds per student.
Winners in various divisions:
Large School Division: Fort Mill High
Small School Division: Cabarrus Early College
Large School Runner-Up: Nation Ford High
Small School Runner-Up: Hickory Ridge High
Most Innovative Idea: (tie) South Mecklenburg High (“Vote for Your CANdidate”) and Providence High (“Cans A Make Her Dance” video)
Biggest Increase: Nations Ford High (113 percent increase over 2011)
Food Lion Student MVP Award: Bryanna Norwood, East Mecklenburg High