JUNCTION CITY (KSNT) – St. Xavier high school is at risk of potentially taking a major financial hit. But the Junction City school’s alumni aren’t going to let that happen without a fight.
St. Xavier high school has been around for more than 120 years, but now the small private K-12 high school is facing a budget crisis so great it may be forced to cut its student body in half or even close entirely. But the school and many in the community don’t want that happen.
“When your walking through those halls and see all those kids that are here, here to learn, they want the best and they want to be here at this school and we want to give that opportunity to them,” says Russell Swisher, principal of St. Xavier.
But to do that the school has to raise money, a lot of it.
So in order to help the school raise that 50-thousand dollars, their hosting a alumni basketball game.
A game that will bring some familiar faces back to St. Xavier’s hardwood. 6 time state 4A basketball champ Ben Meseke (mess-ski), “Jayhawkers” film director Kevin Willmott and KMAJ Radio’s Mike Manns.
Daniel Zoeller, St. Xavier alumni and organizer of the game says, “Hopefully keep the school up and running, it means a lot to the city, and the town, it means a lot to the alumni.”
In addition to a hopefully exciting basketball game, there are other ways the school will raise money, like selling old jerseys and football helmets.
The chili feed will start at St. Xavier high school at 6pm with the alumni games starting at 7pm this Saturday December 20, 2014.