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Faculty, staff to perform at variety show

April 21, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A cast of about 70 faculty and staff members will trod the boards of the Chambersburg Area Senior High School auditorium tonight for the third annual variety show to benefit the Tim and Susan Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund.

"CASD at the Movies" will feature eight skits spoofing such films as "Wedding Crashers," "Sister Act" and "Lean on Me," said teacher John Ambrosio, an adviser to the high school's Varsity Club and longtime friend of Tim Cook. The show starts at 5 p.m. and tickets cost $5, he said.

In the past two years, the variety show and other events have raised more than $7,000 for the scholarship fund honoring Tim and Susan Cook, who were killed by a drunken driver on Interstate 81 on the night of Dec. 13, 2002.

Tim Cook was a cross country and track coach and math teacher with the district for more than 25 years. Susan Cook was an administrative assistant at Shippensburg (Pa.) University. The fund provides two $500 scholarships each year to students going to college to major in math and business, Ambrosio said.

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"Tim and I were best friends," he said. "We coached cross country together for 16 years and track for 18. He was actually my distance coach in high school."

The event also will raise money for the Marcia Brown Trojan Spirit Scholarship, named for the late physical education teacher.

"She started a lot of our girls programs here. She was Title IX before there was Title IX," Ambrosio said of Brown, who died in 2004. Concession sales will benefit her scholarship fund, he said.

The previous two variety shows were put on by high school faculty and staff, but this year, the show been opened to all employees of the Chambersburg Area School District, Ambrosio said.

High School Principal Barry Purvis and incoming superintendent Joseph Padasak are among those expected to take the stage tonight, according to a press release from Marcie Taylor, a teacher and adviser to the Varsity Club.

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