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One day last week, the education reporter at a sister publication asked me if I knew how much the Mr. and Miss PHS Pageant had raised. I told him it had actually been renamed Ultimate Warriors Challenge and the event had been canceled.

Still, I knew that some fundraising had occurred and so I tried to run down how much and where the money will go. David Dunham, a teacher at the high school who serves as the Associated Student Body adviser, said that was true — a number of fundraisers had been done, mostly during basketball games.

An example of a major effort could be seen with seniors Hannah Williams and Michael Slater. They paired up to host a parent-child dance at Clemens Primary School.

In total, PHS students raised a little more than $2,000. Dunham said the funds will be donated to Camp Millennium and the Jackson Street Youth Shelter.

Although the pageant was canceled this year — Dunham said "due to a number of unfortunate circumstances" — Williams and Slater by far brought in the most money through fundraising.

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