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EHS Athletics receives $70,000 booster donation

Simone Vaillancourt, print editor-in-chief

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The Edina Athletic Booster Club (EABC) donated $70,000 to Edina High School’s athletics department for basic equipment and other team needs. The donation, which will serve as a supplement to the 2018-2019 school year athletics budget, was approved and finalized in early September by Activities Director Troy Stein in collaboration with the Student Activities Advisory Council (SAAC).

Such a large donation was brought about by a decrease in athletics funding for the 2018-2019 school year. After last year’s district-wide budget reduction process, the EHS athletics department was asked to cap spending at a target $117,000– meaning they would have to cut $87,911 according to the 2018-2019 Reductions and Revenue Plan.

We used the Student Activities Advisory Council to help guide us with where to make those cuts and/or increase revenue. A part of those cuts were $71,000 from basic athletic supply needs,” Stein said. “At that time, I requested from the Edina Athletic Booster Club if they could support EHS athletics by supplementing those funds for this school year.”

The Boosters agreed to donate $70,000 towards the athletics department, which means the program will be able to extend its spending to about $187,000. Stein confirmed that the donation will be put to use “right away,” adding that “without these funds, the basic needs [of each sport] would be passed along to sport-specific boosters to fund each program. With the support of the EABC we do not have to push that fundraising onto our students and families.”

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Simone Vaillancourt, print editor-in-chief

Simone (Salmon) Vaillancourt is a junior at EHS, and is excited to be on Zephyrus. A vegetarian enthusiast who dislikes vegans (apparently it’s a thing), Simone likes to eat disappointment sandwiches on the daily. Even so, you can find her flyfishing mostly every weekend (ironic we know). Proud of the Canadian blood running through her veins, she keeps a mini fridge full of maple syrup in the corner of her room and doesn’t let anyone touch it. However, despite having maple-syrup thickened blood, she was born in Texas, causing her to feel a sense of patriotism for America nonetheless. Not only that, but she religiously drinks Tim Hortons coffee and has a secret obsession with lumberjacks. Being the queen of cheese, nothing can stop this girl from making a mean grilled cheese sandwich and classic mac (except for that one time when she accidently set a kitchen towel on fire, but we don’t talk about that). Ladies and gentlemen, she might look fit and fabulous but that’s not due to getting swole at the gym but her constantly running away from her phobia of spiders, centipedes, and Bee Jerry Seinfelds. In the words of the legend herself, “I hate running. Actually I hate all forms of exercise really.” You may not find her on the treadmill anytime soon, but there’s a great probability that you will see her paintings, reading, or hanging out in her #mock. After high school, Simone plans to pursue journalism, with the hope of eventually working for National Geographic magazine.

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EHS Athletics receives $70,000 booster donation