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Catholic schools surpass fundraising goal for annual event

Faculty and students at SEAS participated in the annual SEAS School Marathon walk Oct. 13. Some parents and family members also came out to join in on the walk. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 5
Sullivan cheered on his students during the marathon walk with high fives. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 5
Teachers Kathy Gleich and Stephanie Hagan act as crossing guards during the walk. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 5
SEAS Principal Tim Sullivan dressed as Captain Underpants during the event. Students voted on which superhero he should dress as after Sullivan challenged them to reach a certain fundraising goal. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 5
St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Vermillion and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Hastings participated in the annual marathon for nonpublic education event. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 5

St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Vermillion and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Hastings participated in the annual marathon for nonpublic education event. Each principal challenged the students to raise a certain amount of money for their school and both schools surpassed their goal.

Mike Strommen, principal of St. John's, challenged his students to raise $24,000. If they reached that goal, he was going to run about 28 miles through the surrounding communities where many of the students live. The students and teachers raised $27,011 and Strommen ran a route through Vermillion, Miesville, New Trier and Hampton.

Tim Sullivan, principal of SEAS, challenged his students to raise $44,000. If they succeeded, he agreed to dress as the superhero of their choice during the annual marathon walk around the neighborhood that the school participates in. The students raised $49,490 and Sullivan dressed up in a custom made Captain Underpants costume.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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