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Polar Plunge competitors jump into freezing water
March 7, 2019
Video by Laney Kyle.
On a cold and muddy beach, several students prepare to jump into a freezing lake. This was the first annual high school polar plunge, although a similar event has been going on for over 20 years. This event raises money for the Indiana special olympics.
“This is the 11th year that the freezing Fishers Tigers have done this,” Dean Patrick Schooley said.
The polar plunge took place from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m, on March 1, at Eagle Creek Beach. It was 9:30 a.m. when the plunge itself happened.
“I’m feeling good, a little nervous, but I’m really excited,” freshman Eddy Nicholas said.
Participants only entered the water, which was around freezing, for a brief moment.
Events such as a cheering contest, bad hair contest and eating contest also took place during this event, though the usual costume contest was excluded. Donuts, hot chocolate and coffee were also offered for the polar plunge attendees.
According to the Polar Plunge’s FirstGiving page the event managed to raise a total $41,321, around $8500 of which was raised by Fishers high school students.
“I think [the polar plunge] is tremendous for our school culture, it’s part of the tradition that we do at Fishers. Every year the numbers get bigger and we raise more money for special olympics in Indiana,” Schooley said.