Ping-Pong Success Brings in Over $600 to the Student Council


Senior Cara Chaippinelli works hard to dominate a practice game against junior Griffin Coppola.

Elle Cavanaugh, Contributing Writer

For the past couple of years, the Student Council has hosted annual Ping-Pong Nights to bring in money for their group. With hybrid-learning last year, however, this classic was unfortunately canceled. This Thursday marked the continuation of the fan-favorite event. This year, seniors Jack Price and Kyle Swett won the tournament. 

Senior Willa Davis had never tried the event before but ended up having a great time. Davis commented, “I think it was an excellent display of school spirit, and it was fun even if you’re really bad at ping-pong! I loved everyone’s costumes and competition too.” Along with senior Lexi Nolan, Davis won “best dressed” for her Hamlet-themed costume.

The fundraiser cost $5 per player/$10 per team, and tickets were sold all last week. Student Council advertised the event heavily and announced early on that they would be giving out four $25 Chipotle gift cards–a card for each of the two Ping-Pong winners and two for each of the two costume winners–at the fundraiser. 126 students ended up participating, bringing in a whopping $640. The Student Council has been working hard this year to raise money since all funds will be donated to the Anna Gabrielle Quinlivan Scholarship (through the Hingham Civic Music Theatre). This foundation means a lot to the senior class as they lost their classmate, Anna, just last year. So far, the Student Council is on track to reach its donation goal of $5,000 by the end of the school year.

StuCo treasurer Alexa Varholak spearheaded the fundraiser and shared, “I was beyond happy with the turnout of the Ping-Pong fundraiser! After missing out on so much last year, it was great to bring back the tournament and bring students together for a great cause. For me and the executive board, raising a lot of money this year has been super important…Anna was one of our classmates, and we are really thankful to have the opportunity to contribute to the scholarship in her honor.”

Considering the success, the Student Council executive board has been chatting about hosting a similar tournament soon. Varholak explained, “I would like to thank everyone who attended the fundraiser and contributed to a great night. After lots of positive feedback, we may even host another later in the year!”