BATTLE RISING: Battle High School's first fan bus travels to sectionals

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | 10:34 p.m. CDT; updated 6:26 a.m. CDT, Thursday, March 13, 2014
Battle High teachers and parents pitched in Wednesday to pay the remaining costs for the school's first fan bus. The bus traveled to Hillsboro for the Spartans' girls basketball game against Festus High School. Battle won 54-45.

COLUMBIA — It was a team effort transporting Battle High School fans to Hillsboro for Wednesday's game.

Twenty-seven students waited anxiously Wednesday afternoon to board a bus traveling to Battle High School's sectional girls basketball game against Festus.

Freshman Emma Turner said she was excited to be on the bus and to attend the game.

"There's a lot more people than I thought there would be, and I'm excited to experience it," she said. "I haven't been to any of the girls games yet, but they must be pretty good if they got first in districts, so I'm excited to see them play."

In order to attend, students were asked to pay $10 and meet certain criteria, such as passing all their classes, Principal Kim Presko said. But when too few students were signing up, others stepped up to fund the trip.

During a staff meeting early Wednesday morning, some staff members donated money to help pay the remainder of the cost for the school bus. After a parent from the girls basketball team also volunteered to donate money, plans for the trip were finalized.

Presko hopes sending the bus to the game will promote positive school spirit and create a new tradition for future tournament games.

"I hope to see that they provide the encouragement that helps our students, one, feel pride in the school that they attend but also to cheer on the girls to victory," she said. "I mean that's why fans are in the stands. The kids might play a little harder or step it up when they have a group of people cheering for them."

Supervising editor is Elise Schmelzer.

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