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MHS First High School To Host ‘HeartChase’

Manchester High School is used to being a trendsetter. From Chromebooks to Power Hour. From Swipe Stations to the Maker Space. From creating academies to hosting a Google Summit.

On Friday, MHS became the first high school in the country to host a HeartChase -- a sort of more aerobic, competitive version of the Heart Walk -- which are held at more than 200 sites nationally raising money for the American Heart Association.

“It  is an honor to be first and we hope to hold this event every year,” Mark Ruede, director of the Medical Careers Academy at MHS, said as he stood in the sports practice field during Power Hour Friday and watched as about 80 staff and students raced from station to station trying to accumulate points.

Ruede said that MCA students were responsible for much of the planning for Friday’s event, although they were supported by representatives of the Heart Association.

Teams of four had to do various tasks and challenges -- bouncing and  dribbling balls through courses, and so forth, to earn points. Many were connected to heart/health/healthy living themes. There was a 'baseball' game where participants answered questions for 'singles,' 'doubles' etc. In another activity, people wore an eye patch, then had to spin around to simuate what it was like to have had a stroke,. Many of the participants wore costumes and it was clear that people had fun competing. 

Here are the winners of various categories:

Best Costumes: The Care Bears (student team)

Best Team Name: The Vaso-constrictors (Combo teacher/student team)




Highest Team Fundraiser: We Will Rock You (teacher math dept. team)

Highest Individual Fundrasier: Ms. Austermann

HeartChase Winner: The Challengers (teacher PE dept. team)

You can read a Hartford Courant story about the event by clicking here.

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