With winter sports right around the corner, fans and students of Southeastern got a sneak peak of the students-athletes who will wear the blue and white for wrestling and boys and girls basketball this season on Thursday, raising money at the same time.
Coined 'Panther Madness' by the National Honor Society students, the night was put together in an effort to raise money for the Cindy Climer and Susan Weisenberger Memorial Scholarship Funds.
"My students wanted to do something fun to raise money," said Hettie Pugh, a Spanish and National Honor Society teacher at Southeastern Hgh School. "(Climer and Weisenberger) came to every activity. They loved the games, they loved the plays, they just loved everything. They loved to watch people have fun, so we just wanted to do something for people to have fun."
Fans were asked for a $2 donation at the door, but Pugh said no one was turned away and people could donate as little or as much as they wanted. The night included a silent auction, scavenger hunts, races with the Panthers mascot, and a 3-point shooting contest. The main event of the evening, however, was the sneak peak of the girls and boys basketball teams, who each took part in a timed intrasquad matchup.
The Cindy Climer and Susan Weisenberger Memorial Scholarships funds are designated for Southeastern students to help pay college costs. Each fund, which students apply for with an essay expressing why they are deserving and what they want to do with a college education, has a separate committee of former students that chooses a recipient.
"This is the first time we've done done anything like this," Pugh said. "Last year, we did something called Midnight Madness, but it was like a recess for kids who stayed after a game and it was crazy.
"Everything was volunteer tonight. We didn't buy anything, so everything gets to back to the students. Every bit of this tonight is going to scholarships."