Fishers catch a big reward
BY IAN VOOS ON MAY 16, 2014
From grill-offs to scuba diving to frisbee tournaments, the senior projects or Project Connects this year have taken originality to the next level. Among these projects is a fishing tournament that seniors Cameron Rees, Jordan Bryant, Frankie Williamson and Mason Keen have organized.
“Me, Jordan, Frankie and Mason all like to fish in our free time so we thought it would be a fun thing to do for our project,” Rees said.
Many students around Rose spend time fishing whenever they get the chance. This group of seniors was hoping these students that enjoy fishing would be the ones that participate in and support the tournament and make their project a success. Everyone was encouraged to participate in the tournament not only Rose students.
“The entry fee was ten dollars for the tournament,” Rees said. “First place winner gets $30, second place winner receives $20 and the third place winner gets $10,” Rees said. “The rest of the money we get will be donated to the Friends of the Greenville Greenway.”
The money raised by the tournament will be donated to help the Friends of the Greenville Greenway promote construction and awareness of the greenway along the South Tar River. Some of the projects the organization does include installing picnic tables, benches and trash cans.
“The winners are selected based on the largest catch of the day based on weight and the participants are only allowed to catch fish with rod and reel,” Rees said.
The tournament was held at a pond on the outside of Farmville. The pond contains a variety of fish including bass, sunfish and blue gill.
“We had a total of 12 people total come out and support us on Saturday, and in total we raised about a hundred and twenty dollars for the Friends of the Greenville Greenway,” Rees said. “Frankie Williamson’s dad was the winner of the tournament with his five pound bass.”
The group of seniors was expecting a larger turnout for the tournament but many students were preoccupied with their AP exams along with sports playoffs that were going on. Despite this setback, they are still satisfied with the outcome and were happy that they were able to help out the Friends of the Greenville Greenway charity while doing something they enjoy.