Kennett High School Student Receives Leadership Opportunity

Four Diamonds has selected Grace Pruitt

Grace is a senior at Kennett High School, as a member of the 2021-2022 Mini-THON Student Leadership Council. This role is given to students who excel in their local Mini-THON through their leadership, fundraising, and commitment to community service. With the goal of improving the Mini-THON program, the Student Leadership Council provides feedback and shares ideas with the Four Diamonds staff throughout the school year. Grace will serve as an advocate and leader for Four Diamonds, Mini-THON, and the more than 90,000 students nationwide who are on a mission to conquer childhood cancer. During the 2020-2021 school year, Kennett High School was among 161 schools that participated in a Four Diamonds Mini-THON event.

Mini-THONs are modeled after the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, or THON™, the world’s largest student-run philanthropy. Since 1993, Mini-THON has raised more than $49 million. The funds are used to drive the discovery of new and improved treatments for childhood cancer by supporting the work of more than 90 researchers at Penn State Children’s Hospital and Penn State College of Medicine. Four Diamonds also supports families by covering all medical expenses not paid for by insurance for every eligible child.

When Grace joined the KHS Humanitarian Club as a freshman, she knew that she wanted to be involved in Mini-THON, but she had no idea that her journey would take her to where she is today. Not one to be satisfied by simply participating, Grace took on a significant leadership role during her sophomore year as the head of Donor Drive and Registration in which she was in charge of online fundraising and dancer relations. Last year, Grace’s junior year, she was one of three co-chairs of the entire event, the first junior at KHS to earn this position. As one of the overall chairs, she managed all of the Mini-THON operations, and personally organized Donor Drive and Registration for the second year.

Grace explains, “After spending my sophomore and junior years working as a part of KHS Mini-THONs, the opportunity to apply for the Student Leadership Council arose. It was a no-brainer for me because all of a sudden I had the opportunity to make an impact so much larger than the one I was already making and support a cause that I have grown to be extremely passionate about. I’m really honored to be chosen for this position, and I’m so excited for the opportunity and the impact that I will be able to make.”

Grace plans to continue her involvement with Kennett’s Mini-THON into her senior year, serving as co-chair again, alongside rising senior Hayley Magaña.

Kennett High School has been a proud Mini-THON participating school for six years, raising nearly $240,000, including an impressive total of $39,000 from the recent 2021 event.

To make a donation to Kennett High School’s Mini-THON, visit the FOUR DIAMONDS site.