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Making A Difference: Spike Away Hunger raised $2,200 for Colonial Neighborhood Council

Making A Difference: Spike Away Hunger raised $2,200 for Colonial Neighborhood Council

After the success of last year’s inaugural Spike Away Hunger volleyball tournament, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Club was back at it this spring, building a tradition that helps families who are food insecure in the Colonial community.

This year’s Spike Away Hunger tournament saw 25 teams vie for the title and brought in $2,200 for the Colonial Neighborhood Council, a local food bank in Conshohocken.

"All of IB worked really hard to make sure the event ran smoothly and exceeded everyone’s expectations," said Brennan Coyle, PWHS senior who helped chair the event. "Spike Away Hunger has meant everything to us over the past two years and being able to give back to the community has been incredibly rewarding."

The winning team of Cole Rodenbaugh, Kaden Mcnew, Jeff Schneider, and Luke Daddona and took home $100 in gift cards as well as bragging rights. 

Four boys with trophy belt and volleyball

Cole Rodenbaugh, Kaden Mcnew, Jeff Schneider, and Luke Daddona

Service learning is a large part of the International Baccalaureate experience, and the students were in charge of all aspects of the volleyball tournament, from working with school administrators to find a date and promoting the event to securing sponsors and creating the competition bracket. 

“The IB Club is like a family, and, for big projects like this, everyone pitches in to help,” said Maya Hockfield, PWHS senior and president of the club, who worked with Brennan to chair the event. 

four boys with volleyballs and trophy belt

Brennan Coyle and Maya Hockfield

The IB Club is made up of juniors and seniors taking part in the IB Career-related Programme, which is a unique opportunity for Plymouth Whitemarsh High School students interested in Business, Design Technology,  Art and Design, or Photography. The IB Career-related Programme encourages students to develop a larger world view through independent and reflective study, developing personal and professional skills, and language study, in addition to service learning. 

“IB has been a lot of work, but it’s also been worth it,” said Maya, who’ll be studying business at college in the fall. “I was accepted into the Honors Program at The Ohio State University, and the deciding factor was IB.” 

To learn more about the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, click here.