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MHS Donates to Sandy Hook Victim Scholarship

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MORGANTOWN -

Morgantown High School hosted a fashion show to benefit a scholarship fund set up for Caroline Previdi, one of the students killed in the Sandy Hook shooting.

"The real beneficiary is going to be the Caroline Previdi Scholarship fund through the showcasing of so may talented kids that we have here at MHS," said John Bowers, the head football coach at MHS. "The last two Miss Teen West Virginia and a ton of kids with a ton of personality."

Coach Bowers went to Bethany College. His friend and Beta Theta Pi fraternity brother is Jeff Previdi, Caroline's father.

When MHS teacher Andrea Cathell heard about that connection, she approached Bowers about donating the proceeds from the fashion show to Caroline's scholarship.

"We thought that this would be such a great way to support him and also to support something that happened, such a tragedy," said Cathell. "We just want to help just like anyone does. This was such a great way, easy way."

"I got ahold of Jeff and he was very, very humbled and flattered by the love being showered upon them from hundreds of miles away," said Bowers. "From an old friend from college."

The event was more than just students strutting their stuff. They participated in musical numbers, volunteered their time, and helped out every step of the way.

Kaitlyn Durbin did her part by helping spread the word about the event. She hung up signs all over the Morgantown area.

"I think we need to give a big thanks Coach Bowers, Miss Cathell, Angela Patsy, and Daniel's, and Morgantown Printing for being so gracious in helping us with everything and giving us all the tools to make this happen," said Durbin. "I think it will be a great event. People are already here sitting in the audience, so I think with out them this couldn't have happened."

Morgantown High School raised more than $3,500 before the event was even over.

The scholarship will be awarded to a brother of Beta Theta Pi who is going to school for elementary education. The fraternity is trying to raise $100,000 nationally for the Caroline Previdi Memorial Scholarship Fund.

It is asking anyone who is able and willing to donate to send the money to the Beta Theta Pi Foundation in Oxford, Ohio.