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Ravenscroft's Crucial Catch Team Honored as Top Fundraiser
Ravenscroft's Crucial Catch Team Honored as Top Fundraiser

Ravenscroft's A Crucial Catch team was recognized at the May 19 Spring Varsity Sports Awards as the top fundraising high school team in the nation.

Riley Fields of the Carolina Panthers and Jon Charest of the American Cancer Society were on hand to present the Pink Cleat Award to Claire Ziperski '20 and Brynley Jonson '20, who led the efforts of Ravens Fighting Against Cancer. The team had given the American Cancer Society a check for $19,000 at halftime of the home football game on Oct. 19, during the school's annual "Pink Out" game to raise awareness of breast cancer.

As Ravens Fighting Against Cancer, team members — Delaney Washington '22, Bea Holdstock '22, Georgia Winston '22, Cole Stefiel '20, Andrew Gould '20, Gavin Mathan '20, Zoë Glasgow '20, Preston Bishop '19, Val Edwards '19, Charlie Winston '19 and team leaders Claire Ziperski '20 and Brynley Jonson '20 — organized multiple fundraisers on campus and with local businesses to raise money for A Crucial Catch, a partnership between the National Football League and the American Cancer Society that funds cancer screenings, treatment and research. They ultimately raised over $30,000 — the year's highest total for a high school team.

"We wanted to thank you all for making 2018 a great year for Crucial Catch," Claire and Brynley wrote in an email to teammates and their families announcing the award. "We know that a lot of work and effort went into the team's achievement, and we appreciate everything that the team and parents did to support the cause."

Congratulations to the team!

Top right, Ravens Fighting Against Cancer and advisor Phil Higginson (at right) present a check for $19K at the Pink Out football game; bottom right, Riley Fields of the Carolina Panthers presents team leaders Brynley Jonson '20 and Claire Ziperski '20 with the Pink Cleat Award