The Iola-Scandinavia Student Council challenged Rochester Junior/Senior High, from Rochester, Penn., to a Super Bowl wager and penny war challenge in honor of the Packers and the Steelers facing off in the Super Bowl.
During the week of Jan. 31 through Feb. 4, each school’s student councils will collect pennies. The school with the greatest ending total by 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, Feb. 4, will win.
All collected money will be jointly donated to a charity chosen by the winning team.
Along with the collected money, the losing student council will send some genuine state product to the other student council to enjoy.
Depending up on the winner of the big game, the following will also occur. If the Packers win, the Rochester Student Councils will dress in Packers clothes/colors and pose for a picture, which will be sent to be displayed for all at Iola-Scandinavia High School.
If the Steelers win, the I-S High School Student Councils will dress in Steelers clothes/colors and pose for a picture, which will be sent to be displayed for all at Rochester Junior/Senior High School.
The Iola-Scandinavia area hosts one of the largest annual car shows in the United States every July. The town’s economy is also fueled by three publishing companies, a large foundry in Waupaca and other manufacturing companies. The community also boasts a winter sports complex that offers cross country skiing and ski jumping among other activities. Iola’s annual Winter Carnival is a spectacular event with a parade, ice sculptures, ice fishing contests, ski jumping, and a lutefisk dinner. Students enjoy a variety of activities in their free time. Some participate in school sports, others are active in the swim team and ski jump team. Many students are involved in the school’s music program.
The I-S High School Middle school has 350 students grade 7 through 12. The district encompasses two communities (Iola and Scandinavia) and their surrounding areas.
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie defensive end Austen Lane is an ISHS graduate.
The Rochester Area School District is located in Beaver County, Penn., along the Ohio River, northwest of Pittsburgh. While located within the township of Rochester, the school district serves the borough of Rochester, East Rochester, and Rochester Township.
The school has a unique design because all grades K through 12 are housed in one building. The Junior /Senior High School is comprised of 454 students. The students can participate in various sports. The football program has been the district champion nine times and state champion three times. Students can also be involved in several clubs, the most popular being the Cultural Diversity Club, which puts on a yearly cultural diversity community fair with foods from over six countries.
Rochester has been the home to several notable natives and residents such as: Lauryn Williams, Olympic silver medalist; Vito “Babe” Parilli, all star quarterback of the Boston Patriots “Team of the 1960s”; Kris Griffin, former Cleveland Browns linebacker; Mark Vlasic, American football quarterback; and Christina Aguilera, singer of the National Anthem for the 2011 Super Bowl.