King of Hearts exceeds goal

The King of Hearts court surpassed their fundraising goal and raised $30,900.25 for the American Heart Association.

“Last year was an anomaly, but I think the guys were pretty on par with the last several years,” said student council adviser Jane Hepler. “They did better than I thought they would.”

At the dance last Friday, Carter Bucks was crowned king, raising $7,300.

Adam Brightbill was crowned Prince of Hearts, raising $100 less than Bucks, while Viraj Govani was crowned Duke of Hearts for his third place finish.

The top three students were responsible for raising over half of the court’s total with over $18,000 between them.

“[Winning King of Hearts] felt awesome because I knew I raised a lot of money for a great cause,” said Bucks.

Like many others on the court, Bucks fundraised mainly through canning and business donations.

“I enjoyed canning with the other guys on the court and meeting people when going door to door,” Bucks said. “It wasn’t much fun getting rejected though.”

Brightbill earned prince of hearts for his second place finish.

“I was really happy when I found out I won prince,” said Brightbill. “My favorite part about being on the court was knowing that I was raising money for a great cause with a lot of other people who had the same goal.”

Govani raised $3,900.

“I think the biggest feeling I had was of excitement,” said Govani. “Because my dream career goal has always been to be a cardiac surgeon and being acknowledged for helping people within my line of interest particularly made me happy.”

Govani chose a different method to fundraise by canning at sporting events and selling candy bars to students at school.

“I think [this method of canning] was a great way to reach out to people who previously knew nothing about what the whole fundraiser was about,” said Govani.

The dance itself showed a larger turnout than in past years.

“The dance was a huge success,” said Hepler. “There were a lot more people than normal, so that was good. The guys were a lot lower-key this year. They weren’t as outwardly competitive or vocal about it, but people showed up. I think [King of Hearts] is just so a part of Cedar Crest now.”

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