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YSI students make domino chain of donations
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Young Scholars Institute completed its two-week program Friday. That morning’s festivities included cereal box dominos. This year’s YSI service project was collecting boxes of cereal for donation to local organizations. Pictured in the middle of the cereal boxes is Carol Neal.

It was a cereal box dominos challenge Friday morning to kick off the final day of 2021 Young Scholars Institute.

YSI toppled 200 boxes of Apple Jacks, Cap’n Crunch, Multigrain Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cookie Crisp, Crispix, Corn Flakes, Fruity Pebbles, and more.

“I think it’ll make it to the end,” said YSI director Carol Neal, who crossed her fingers as a sign of good luck or maybe a casting of Lucky Charms over the event. “We set them up with a few safeguards in place to make sure they didn’t accidently start falling too soon. Now, it’s time.”

A hush fell over the crowd as a box of Rice Krispies started the chain reaction. As the boxes systematically fell, quiet was replaced with cheers and applause when the final box of cereal hit the floor. The process took approximately 30 seconds. A video has been placed on the Southern Standard website. 

“This year’s YSI service project was collecting boxes of cereal,” said Neal. “It’s our YSI tradition to do something for someone else. Those who could were asked to bring in a box with them in the morning and donate it. We collected those over the last two weeks.”

After the excitement of the cereal dominos, the boxes were donated to local organizations to help senior citizens and families. Representatives from Hamilton Street Activity Center, Kids of the Community, Warren County Senior Center and Warren County School’s Family Resource Center shared in the bounty. 

Harper Patrick attended both weeks of YSI and says the trip to Gilley Pool was her favorite part. 

“I love the pool,” said Harper. “When we went swimming was definitely my favorite.” 

Lyla Collier says the Energy Exploration emphasis was very educational.

“We learned about mining, coal and energy,” said Lyla of a visit to Dunlap Coke Ovens. “It was interesting. There was a disease that miners got from being in the mines.”

Along with Dunlap Coke Ovens and Gilly Pool, YSI participants also visited Hot Wheels Skate Center, Three Star Cinema, Homeland Community Bank, and Tullahoma Hands-On Science Center.