The Biggest Loser at Horizon Elementary


Teachers and staff at Horizon who are participating in the program: front row from left to right Principal Rodney Richardson, Tameka Love, Annette Driggers, Susie Stepko, Rhonda Gierow, Nancy Hicks, Carla Hinger, Linda Lay, Robin Stutts, Amy Williams, Margaret Maynard. Back row Consuela Datcher, Jennifer Jones, Lucy Pavao, Hannah Alderson, Britt Lovelace, Beth Bero. Not pictured: Gay Barnes, Chassity Smith, Lynn Ray, Tenika Johnson, Dana Creech, Kim Stewart and Emily Vandagriff.

Horizon Elementary educators begin their own version of the weight loss challenge

Teachers and staff at Horizon are hoping their version of the popular weight loss contest with help shed some extra pounds in a fun way.

Amy Williams, , has participated in similar contests in the past and thought The Biggest Loser would be a great way to kick off the New Year.

“It has always helped me to stay motivated and on track to lose the additional pounds I had gained over the holidays.  I threw the idea out to the entire staff of Horizon and the next day had 24 paid participants who had their first ‘weigh in’.”

Each person contributed $20 to the pot. The Grand Prize winner will receive $400 while the remaining $80 will be used throughout the challenge for weekly incentives (in $20 increments).

The challenge is lasting a total of 12 weeks ending March 22. The person with the highest percentage of weight loss (not the number on the scale or pounds lost) will be The Biggest Loser.

Weekly prizes have been donated from some local business such as Pure Barre, and Goga Studios.  Other weekly prizes include year long magazine subscriptions as well as $20 in cash.

Kindergarten teacher, Susie Stepko joined the challenge because, “it’s something I know I need to do but it’s hard by yourself.  Trying to lose weight with friends will help keep me motivated.”

Even the school’s principal, Rodney Rischardson has joined the challenge. “I think it is a great idea,” he said. “I am taking part to support the staff.”

“Hopefully it will be a huge success and you will have an amazing “after” story on March 22 when the contest is over, added Williams.