NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – New Providence High School students and faculty worked in conjunction to hold the second annual school-wide volleyball tournament in the high school gymnasium on Thursday evening.

The event’s coordinator and current New Providence High School physical education teacher, Melissa Halpern, was able to bring 20 teams in to raise funds and play some competitive volleyball matches for the sophomore Class of 2017.

Overall, Halpern thought the tournament succeeded.

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“It’s a 2017 class fundraiser, it’s the second year that we’ve done it, and it’s been successful both years,” Halpern said. “We have three more teams than we had last year and I think overall that the students are having a great time and that’s really all that matters.”

Slightly more than $800 was raised from the tournament. According to Ms. Halpern, the money will go towards the Class of 2017’s events in two years when they are seniors.

“This money and along with all of the other fundraisers that we do throughout the year are put towards senior activities such as the prom, the barbecue, and things like that for when [the class of 2017] are seniors,” Halpern said.

A group of seniors consisting of Sam McDonald, Tyler Curto, George Daniel, Kevin Haggerty, Dylan Thomas, Tyler Moragas, Zak Kosiecki, Bryan Joyce, and Davis Barry took home trophies as well as a gift certificate for pizza & drinks at Coppola’s Ristorante at the conclusion of the tournament.

McDonald thought his team was “amazing” on Thursday. He thought their lack of communication hurt them, but his team stuck it out and acquired the victories necessary to succeed in the tournament.

“They played amazing, to be honest,” McDonald said, “The lack of communication really hurt us but in the end, we stuck it out and got the victories.”

For the final two matches of the night, McDonald’s Class of 2015 team competed against a group of New Providence High School teachers.

“It was going to be easy,” McDonald said on playing the teachers, “We thought it was not going to be much of a challenge but I think we just got caught up in the hype and sort of lost it. But, we did win tonight.”