MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township High School’s Key Club held its 38th annual volleyball marathon on Feb. 22 at the school. It was open to all students and teachers, and the theme was “sports.” More than 40 teams competed, according to Key Club President Cynthia Zhu, a senior at the school.

The winning team was the Phoenix Suns, composed of seniors Joshua Carus, Kurt Heim, Gregory Nieskens, Jared Rogers and Aaron Warsaw.

“We raised almost $4,500 for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, the Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma Crusade Until a Resolution Exists organization (ACC C.U.R.E.), and the Living Lessons event at Lazar,” Zhu told TAPinto Montville. Living Lessons is a one-day character education event at Lazar at which 50 speakers share their stories of overcoming adversity. (Read about Living Lessons here.)

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Planning began in December, and Key Club members solicited food donations and sponsors, made decorations, brought in food, and volunteered at the event, Zhu said.  Dinner and snacks were provided for the players. Key Club parents, Kiwanis members, and MTHS teachers volunteered at the event.

Although national and international team names and countries were used as monikers for the teams, the high school’s team name “Montville Mustangs” was scored by one of the two science teacher teams.

In other years, players dressed in crazy costumes, while this year, most of the players simply came dressed in sports team professional baseball, basketball, football and hockey jerseys, although “one of the players from the Pittsburgh Penguins team was wearing a penguin costume,” Zhu said.

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