After Hurricane Harvey left Houston in rubble, many clubs organized events to offer aide towards its victims. Student Council created a donation drive in which the student body and other members of the Dripping Springs community could donate money or supplies to Harvey victims (picture by Tracy Staats). Student Council ultimately raised over $12,000 and three full trailers of donated supplies for hurricane relief. Critical Mass held a benefit concert at Hudson’s on Mercer. All the money raised went towards a foundation called Portlight, which aids victims of natural disasters who also have disabilities. The benefit concert featured various performances of students of Dl and ultimately raised over $1,000.
In humans rights issues, Critical Mass paired up with an organization called Dressember that helps put an end to human trafficking and modern day slavery. Students of this club pledged to wear a dress or tie every day of December to raise awareness, as well as fundraise and make donations to this cause. Critical Mass also attended the Austin Pride Parade this year. Students of this club organized a carpool system for students whose parents were not willing to take them to pride and stood aside of the parade and enjoyed it. In previous years, Critical Mass has marched in Pride, but this year decided to take a more observing approach and enjoy the festival.
Thespian club attended a festival in Dallas this semester (picture by Cassie Martin). Students fundraised over the summer by volunteering to work at a local fireworks shop over Fourth of July, as well as selling chocolate bars throughout the semester to individually raise money for this trip. Students who went to the thespian festival attended various workshops on topics such as future theatre careers, tech theatre, acting, stage makeup, and more.
FFA held a canned food drive for Dallas this semester. The FFA Homesite team placed 3rd at the Hill District contest and placed 4th in area, which qualified them for state. Students FFA placed 1st in FFA Leadership Development events.
Youth and Government:
Youth and Government qualified for state this November.
The Robotics team fundraised this October by offering students to a chance to throw a pie at either Mr. Adams or Mr. Jadeja during A or B lunch. For $5, a student could throw a handful of whip cream at the teacher behind a line, and for $10 students could throw a plateful of whip cream at the teacher behind a line. But, for $15 students could throw a plateful of whip cream however close they desired to the teachers. The Robotics team also competed this October at the B.E.S.T. of Texas Robotics contest (picture by Xavier Scarrow).
The Jam continued this semester, offering students the chance to perform to their classmates during A or B lunch period in the courtyard. Many students auditioned and some were chosen to perform during their Friday lunch period. This tradition continued from last school year. Many students left the cafeteria and enjoyed the live music in the courtyard during their lunch period.
Written by Tessa Stigler