NEWARK, Ohio, March 3, 2016 – The student team from The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College won the 24th Supermarket Sweep at Indian Mound Mall this past weekend. Beth Beattey and Hunter Spittler took home the first place shopping cart trophy in support of Operation Feed for the Food Pantry Network of Licking County.
"We got there on Saturday, saw everyone and we were pumped," said Beattey. "It was so much fun."
Ohio State Newark and COTC had two teams participate, a student team and a staff team from the Office of Student Life. Teams had to find 10 items on a grocery list in 60 seconds. There were 27 teams that participated in the event, and about $7,000 was raised.
"There were two rounds," said Spittler. "In the first round, we didn't do really well."
"When we were preparing for the second round, we really studied the aisles and had a strategy before the timer started," said Beattey. "We were able to find eight of the 10 items in the second round. That made our total for both rounds 11. We were tied with another group for first place, so we had to participate in a tie-breaker."
The tie-breaker was called a stack-off. The teams had to stack grocery items, and the team with the highest stack after the allotted time would be declared the winner. Beattey and Spittler won the contest with a stack that was 39.5 inches tall.
"We now have bragging rights," said Beattey. "We really wanted to beat the staff team."
"There was a healthy competition between the students and Student Life's team, but ultimately the staff finished in the middle of the pack with the student team 'sweeping' the competition," said Student Life Director Holly Mason, who was on the staff team.
Now Beattey and Spittler hope their winning ways inspires faculty, staff and students to give to Operation Feed on campus. Donation bins are set up around campus to collect non-perishable food items for the Food Pantry Network of Licking County. You can donate items through the month of March. The campus goal is to collect 1,000 food items.
Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers the best of the Big Ten educational experience, access to Ohio State's 200 major programs, a rich research heritage and academic excellence.