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Ticonderoga seniors assist children's charity

TICONDEROGA - Kaitlyn Johnson and Taylor Denno wanted to make a difference when they started thinking about a senior project at Ticonderoga High School.

The Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne seemed like the perfect choice to these two Ticonderoga seniors.

For their research papers, Johnson studied how families can cope with the illnesses of children and Denno researched childhood leukemia.

For their project, they teamed up to raise more than $870 for the ranch through three fundraisers - a bottle drive in February, a bake sale in March, and a Quiz Bowl tournament in April.

They delivered the check personally in May and spent the day visiting the ranch.

Double H Ranch was founded by actor Paul Newman and businessman Charles Wood with the mission to provide specialized programs for children and their families who were facing life threatening diseases.

The purpose of the camp experience, now both summer and winter, is to enrich the children's lives and give them a memorable, exciting and fun camp experience that is safe and medically supportive. Each session provides 125 children with activities like swimming, fishing, softball, horseback riding, photography and music are offered daily.

Ti High senior projects are multi-disciplinary projects that have been required of all of Ticonderoga's seniors since 1990. Kim Powers and Britney McCarthy run the program for THS.

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