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KEE 100 rocks RH

 Students dance during a celebratory party sponsored by WKEE 100 FM Thursday at Rock Hill High School.

Students dance during a celebratory party sponsored by WKEE 100 FM Thursday at Rock Hill High School.

PEDRO — It could have been called Rockin’ Hill High School on Thursday when KEE 100 FM morning show co-hosts Dave Roberts and Jenn Seay had a party for students in the school’s gymnasium.

Popular dance hits blared from booming speakers and flashing lights gave glimpses of 450 dancing students who were collectively treated to the event as a prize for winning the WKEE High School Peanut Butter Challenge spearheaded by the Rock Hill National Honor Society this past November. By collecting 655 jars of the spread for the Facing Hunger Foodbank in Huntington, W.Va., the Redmen bested the efforts of Fairland, River Valley, Spring Valley and Cabell-Midland high schools by more than 100 jars.

“I’m so proud of all the students of my alma mater for collecting the most peanut butter in our high school contest during our drive for the Facing Hunger Foodbank and making a difference in the lives of local families in need,” Roberts said. “We absolutely had a blast dancing and shaking what our momma’s gave us all afternoon.”

Roberts and Seay planned to host the party earlier in the year but were forced to reschedule after winter weather repeatedly canceled school. Seay said the dance was worth the wait.

“We could not have had a better group of students to hang with,” Seay said. “Everyone was so excited and really got into the dance. We had an absolute blast. I hope every year is this much fun.”

After reading about the students’ achievement in The Tribune, English teacher and national honor society adviser Kim Zornes was contacted by Giovanni’s CEO Tom Lemaster and was told that Coal Grove Giovanni’s would donate pizza for the dance.

“I can’t think Tom (Lemaster) enough,” Zornes said. “He is always willing to help and reward people for doing something worthwhile. What a great thing for him to do. Giovanni’s is such a wonderful partner to have in the community.”

Honor society member and senior class president Sabrina Henderson was glad to see her school finally receive its prize.

“We’ve been fighting the weather to finally get this,” she said. “It should be a good time.”

Chesapeake Middle School and Huntington St. Joe also donated peanut butter, along with several Tri-State businesses. Students from Collins Career Center also attended the dance.