Batter Up!


[Left to right] Marshall DeBenedictus (12), Derin Seebord (11), and Sophia Manalo (11) as they run the concession stand.

On Saturday, February 19, students from the National Honor Society (NHS) volunteered in an annual baseball tournament hosted by an organization called Joseph’s Warriors. The charity corporation is a non-profit dedicated to promoting childhood cancer awareness and research as well as raising funds for families of children undergoing cancer treatment in the Gulf Coast area. 


“The service I did was important because it allows Joseph’s warriors to support a family in need,” said Marshall DeBenedictis, the president of The Village Chapter of the National Honor Society. “The money raised could be the difference that makes a family able to afford treatment, and allow a child to beat cancer.” 


During the event, students helped run a concession stand as well as sell raffle tickets in order to raise money. While the experience was stressful, it allowed them to learn a lot when it came to interacting with people, especially little children. The event itself tested their ability to work under pressure and behave professionally in an environment that most of them were not used to. Students were asked to work in many different situations and this event really tested their adaptability. The event was a great experience for them, not only did they work for a good cause but they gained some meaningful skills along the way.