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Chaos of the concession stand

Each hot dog and Coke pays dividends for the class of 2012

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Photos and story by Mark Mulligan
The Herald

During the chaos of halftime at Everett Memorial Stadium, concession stand volunteer Jodi Madison (center) reaches for a soda during a game between Jackson High School and Snohomish High School. Madison's daughter Kendra is part of Jackson High School's class of 2012.
"I want a cokanola," says the voice on the other side of the concession stand counter. Sometimes the requests get a little lost in translation during the chaos of halftime, but this one Laura Gray understands. "Coke, please," Gray calls back to her fellow volunteers, setting off a chain reaction of cooperation inside the cramped concession stand at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Twelve feet away, Linda Pazevic, who, like the other five volunteers working Friday evening, has a student in the class of 2012 at Jackson High School, grabs a drink from the fridge and passes it to Jason Gray, who turns away from the bags of popcorn he is filling to hand the drink to Jodi Madison, who is working the front counter. Another $1.50 is added to the coffers for the class of 2012's senior party.
Gray is already back to stuffing hot dogs into buns. Every Friday evening at Everett Memorial Stadium, a different set of parent volunteers run the two concession stands with proceeds benefiting the high school class the parents represent. Only a handful of fans realize where the $2 spent on their hot dog ends up.
Diane Klebold, who spent most of the evening pouring cheese over nachos, was surprised at the tips they received, especially from children. One girl gave her a five and told her to "keep the change." The change became a donation to the class of 2012.

Jason Gray lifts a bag of trash past the leftover concessions parked outside of the northern concession stand at Everett Memorial Stadium.
The series: Herald photographers Jennifer Buchanan, Annie Mulligan and Mark Mulligan take a look at Friday night life outside the chalk lines of the gridiron. Join them each week for a look at the people who make the Friday football experience possible without ever catching a pass or running the ball in for a touchdown. Have a good idea for Sidelines? Email Jennifer Buchanan at

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