At Tuesday night’s regular meeting of the Monroe City Council, student representative Karen Vasatka announced that the school’s final Free the Children fundraising event will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 30 in the Monroe High School gym. The Flintstones-themed event, which is called Mr. Monroe, features an all-male “pageant” in which all the proceeds generated will go towards the Free the Children campaign.
Vasatka explained that there will be a total of 16 male students competing in the event, four from each grade. Admission is $3.
“They’re all going to be competing in a male beauty pageant kind of thing,” said Vasatka. “It’s going to be really entertaining and I’m excited for it.”
The school’s total fundraising goal for the Free the Children charity initiative is $10,000 and they are currently about $2,200 shy of hitting their goal. Vasatka is hopeful that the Mr. Monroe competition will bring in the money that they need.
The competition will include several categories including talent, costume and sportswear.
The money will be allocated to Free the Children’s Brick by Brick program. The funds will then be put towards the construction of a new school facility in one of Free the Children’s developing communities around the world. Through their contributions, Monroe students hope to help build a school in Kenya. The ASB has participated in numerous fundraising efforts throughout the school year to meet their goal.
Vasatka is hopeful that they will be successful.
“We only have $2200 left to raise,” said Vasatka. “We’re super close.”
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE HONORED
Monroe City Council honored student representative Karen Vasatka, thanking her for her service to the council and awarding her with a certificate of appreciation. Vasatka, who was appointed last November by ex-Mayor Robert Zimmerman, thanked Monroe city councilmembers for the opportunity to serve.
“I wanted to thank you guys for the opportunity to be a student representative,” said Vasatka.
Vasatka confessed that when she was recruited by her ASB advisor, she was hesitant about committing to the student council representative position because she had never really held a strong interest in politics. But she actually really began to enjoy coming to the council meetings.
“They’re really interesting,” said Vasatka. “I actually had a really good time and I wish I could have done more.”
A senior at Monroe High School, Vasatka is looking forward to graduation, only a couple weeks away. She is planning on attending Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky., and will study emergency medical care and fire service administration. Vasatka’s career aspirations include being either an emergency room physician or a professional firefighter.
And thanks to her positive experience on the council, she announced that she could even see herself entering into the political arena someday.
“It’s been a pleasure having you on council,” said Mayor Geoffrey Thomas. “I want to thank you very much for your service.”
Vasatka, a lifelong resident of Monroe, has been extremely active as a Monroe High School student. She has participated in school clubs, several different sports, and serves as the ASB Diversity Director and Volunteer Coordinator. Throughout her service to the council, Vasatka was able to provide comprehensive reports and updates regarding different fundraising efforts and events at the high school.
Council took a few moments to thank her.
“I’ve really appreciated your dedication with attending council and really keeping us informed on what was going on at the school,” said Councilmember Patsy Cudaback. “That was very helpful so thank you. And good luck in the future.”
This sentiment was echoed by all councilmembers.
“I like that connection with what’s going on over at the high school and I think you did a great job keeping us informed,” said Councilmember Ed Davis.