April 2023 News

Academy Gameathon Raises Over $900 for Charity

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

On Saturday, April 1, the Indiana Academy partnered with Extra Life in the 24-hour Gameathon, where Academy students earned community service hours and raised money while playing various video games. 62 Academy students participated in the event, as both gamers and volunteers, and raised a total of $936.24 for the Riley Hospital for Children.

Student Life Counselor Vincent Rivera says, “I wanted to use this opportunity to thank all who participated, as well as those who volunteered to help run the event and make having it at all possible in the first place. Among those students who participated, I wanted to recognize Addy Stefancik, Aaron Ruark, D. Martin, and Mahlon Ilyas, as each of them raised at least $100 for the Riley Hospital for Children during Gameathon. Addy raised the most, having brought in a whopping $200 for charity. Thanks to them, but also thanks to all who participated and helped raise money for a worthy cause.”

Thanks go also to Leiton Haack, Bridgett Nesbit, Chayleigh Swartz, Sydney Craig, Elijah Buck, and Mahlon Ilyas for volunteering to help run Gameathon. All of them made rounds throughout the day in order to monitor and record student participation. Special thanks to Mahlon Ilyas, who contributed his own games, consoles, and equipment toward the running of activities in the downstairs lounges throughout the day. According to Mr. Rivera, “Gameathon this year wouldn’t have been possible without him.”