North Platte Community College’s Student Senate raised more than $700 for the American Red Cross during their annual “Souper Bowl” cook-off held March 20 at the Quality Inn and Suites in North Platte.
According to Josh York, Assistant Housing Director/Student Activities, nine teams participated in the event this year.
“We had a nice mix of student athletic organizations as well as community organizations,” he said. “The soups varied and the competition was fierce. There was plenty of light-hearted banter between the different organizations to see who would win the best soups and table décor.”
York said the North Platte Jaycee’s earned prizes and bragging rights for winning the Best Soup award and the NPCC Knights softball team outfield won for best table décor. Other awards included those for the best smelling soup and best name.
“All the soups were tremendous and most of the competitors ran out of soup,” he said.
One-of-a-kind soup bowls, hand-crafted by students in NPCC Art Instructor Dik Haneline’s bowl making class, were available to bid on in a silent auction.
“It was heartwarming to see all the bowls being bought and the competition between who was going to win them,” he said. “There was definitely a statement to be made when trying to outbid each other on the bowls.”
York said he was pleased that so many college faculty, staff, and administrators attended the event.
“This was my first time being in charge of Student Senate Souper Bowl, but it was really the Student Senate members who were vital to its success. They were the ones who did the biggest share of the work,” he said. “This event really showed how much the community and the college work together, and without the support of each, the Souper Bowl would not have been a success.”