Though the experience was a memorable one, the ability for Chazy Central to continue to participate in such conferences comes down to finances, said Cross. The program is funded through events hosted by the club such as T-shirt sales and dinners.
"It's very cost-prohibitive to go, and without fundraising, it'd be impossible," said Cross. "We even rode to the conference with Elizabethtown Central to reduce costs." As a means to raise the necessary funding for next year's Harvard University trip, the club will host a spaghetti dinner Friday, Jan. 2, in the cafeteria of the school on Miner Farm Road. The event, which will be held from 4-7:30 p.m., consists of the dinner, presentations by the students and a slideshow of the recent trip to Boston.
The cost of the meal will be $5 per person. That small amount can mean the difference between attending future competitions and not, Cross said.
"It would enable a North Country student to experience a trip that's they'll remember for a lifetime and one that will give them an edge on future college applications," he said. "The benefits of this program are endless."