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Susquehannock High School will soon host Southern York County School District's eighth annual Battle of the Buildings which will serve as a fundraiser for its scholarship program.

The event is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m.— with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.— Feb. 25 in the high school's gym, and the proceeds will go toward the SYCSD Foundation Dollars for Scholars Program, which distributes more than 100 scholarships to district seniors every year.

A highlight from last year's program was the human hungry hippos game with rules similar to the classic childhood game Hungry Hungry Hippos. The event — which is one of many activities, such as relay races, obstacle courses and games, that are a part of Battle of the Buildings — called for teachers on competing teams to collect as many balloons as possible with a laundry basket while laying on their stomachs on gym scooters.

The games are usually kept a secret up until the day of the event, said district spokeswoman Terri Reuter, noting that they will utilize balloons, the basketball nets and scooters.

This year's games will again feature teams of teachers from each of the Southern York County school buildings, as well as a student team, competing in the quirky games.

Last year's Battle of Buildings raised more than $5,000 for the district's scholarship program and has raised more than $31,000 since its inaugural year.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at any of the schools or at the administration office for $5 each. Tickets bought at the door will cost $6.

Scholarships: Last year the Dollars for Scholars program distributed 172 awards worth approximately $118,000 to 115 students residing in the Southern York County School District, according to a press release.

The foundation this year expects to give away just as many scholarships to this year's graduating class, with awards ranging from $100 to $8,000.

Each scholarship has a different set of requirements, some which include the student participating in sports, their guardian having an account with a certain electric company or that they be involved in certain community projects. Each scholarship is unique, and the list covers a wide array of students in the district.

Those interested in applying for any of the 100-plus scholarships can do so through the end of the week at the Southern York County School District Foundation's website.

— Reach Jessica Schladebeck at jschladebeck@yorkdispatch.com.

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