SPARTA, NJ - On Monday, March 9 Sparta High School’s Students Taking Action in the Community, or STAC, club will be hosting the school’s first ever Chili Challenge. In the SHS cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. cooks will face off in a friendly competition to see who can make the best bowl of chili.

The competition is open to both students and teachers, and costs $10 to have your chili entered. Not a chef? Come for $5 to test the chilies and vote for a winner. First, second, and third place winners will be crowned at the end of the event based on votes from taste-testers.

All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Manna House soup kitchen in Newton.

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Danielle Colte, a guidance counselor at the high school as well as STAC’s advisor, says the goal of STAC is to “create fundraising events so that students can donate money to local charities.” She also says that STAC “teaches students the importance of community involvement.”

Two seniors, Tyler Trzcinski and Julia Corrice, are the leaders of STAC this school year and both encourage the public to attend the event.  They said, “It will be a lot of fun, and is supporting an important organization that is local to our area.”