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ELKO – Elko High School received a new sound system, thanks to alumni and community.

Cody Krenka, vice principal of finance and athletics, said donations from attorneys Kidwell & Gallagher and Kinross Bald Mountain made the purchase possible, with the remainder of the cost funded by the EHS Booster Club.

Kidwell & Gallagher, John Sherwood and Kinross each donated $5,000 toward the new sound system, each expressing their support for the school.

The control panel and speakers were recently installed at Centennial Gymnasium, replacing the 15-year-old system that had seen better days.

Elko High School graduates Craig Kidwell and Barbara Gallagher said they wanted to contribute something to their alma mater, as well as support the community in other ways.

“We’re both alumni and we sponsor the sports teams as much as we can in both Elko and Spring Creek,” Kidwell said. “We try to pick one project each year.”

John Sherwood, owner of Relax in Style, whose store also offers custom home theater and security systems, said the speaker layout was custom-designed by sound engineers at JBL to the dimensions of the gym and they recommended the equipment for the installation.

“There’s eight speakers used for small concert halls and stadiums,” Sherwood said. “We saw an opportunity to help out here.”

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“It was so needed,” Kidwell said, explaining that the old PA system made it difficult to hear speakers during basketball games.

“When we saw this need we approached Cody,” Kidwell added.

Alissa Wood, Kinross corporate social responsibility specialist, said the donation was in recognition of the company’s employees who have children attending EHS.

“It’s an investment not only in the facility here, but also in our employees and their families,” Wood said, adding that Kinross employee Bruce Wilson turned in a request for the donation on behalf of the school.

Krenka said that since the new system was updated the use of the gym was increasing. Four assemblies — including two speaking presentations — have been held in the gym, compared with one in the last 10 years.

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