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HCPA Hosts Second Annual Cancer Shootout - Event Raises $1,500 For Cancer Research

By Dave Bonko

Fans packed the gym as a part of Hmong College Prep Academy's 2017 Cancer Shootout, a fundraiser on behalf of the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund.
The Hmong College Prep Academy Boys' Basketball Team celebrates their victory over North Lakes Academy.
The Hmong College Prep Academy Girls' and Boys' Basketball Teams and Mr. Brent Ness' Service Learning class recently hosted the second annual Cancer Shootout on behalf of the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund.

The evening featured a girls' and boys' basketball doubleheader against North Lakes Academy. The Lady Warriors were defeated in the opener, 43-25. "Though it was our biggest crowd so far this year, our team was really focused," stated senior center/guard Koussy Yang. "It was an exciting night, that's for sure."

In the nightcap, the Warriors had to come from behind to win 46-41. Though down with three minutes left in the second half, the Warriors converted on key transitions to take a six-point lead with one-minute remaining. Junior Alex Yang's clutch three-pointer, followed by senior Chinou Vang's two-pointer off of a steal by the stingy Warrior defense helped seal the victory.

Cancer Shootout activities included a silent auction and raffles for Minnesota Timberwolves and Bruno Mars concert tickets. The evening also featured concessions and a half-time shoot out where participants contributed one dollar for the chance to win ten dollars if they hit a half-court shot.

The event was planned and implemented as a part of Mr. Brent Ness' Service Learning class, a teaching and learning strategy where students identify then resolve issues facing the community. Service learning also develops and nurtures students' communication, problem solving and project management skills.

"I'd deem the 2017 Cancer Shootout a success," stated Mr. Ness. "Our goal was to raise $1,500 and all indications show we reached that amount. In addition, it was great for our students to build off the success of last year's inaugural event."

"What a wonderful evening," stated HCPA Superintendent Dr. Christianna Hang. "It was great to see the gym packed for both games. Our fans had a lot of fun and we ended up raising a lot of money for a great charity."

Hmong College Prep Academy is located at 1515 Brewster Street in St. Paul, southeast of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. For more information about other HCPA programs or directions to the school interested parents and students can contact us at 651-209-8002 or online at www.hcpak12.org.

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