Holiday spirit fills halls

Greetings from Santa–Senior Maria Wilkins gives Santa Claus, aka Principal Robert Chappell, a hug as he was out patrolling the halls on Dec. 1.

As the holiday break approached, the halls filled with students manipulating butcher paper, lights and holiday scenes.

The student council awarded the top prize, a breakfast party, to the FACES class which turned tennis Coach Kendra Duncan’s door into a winter playground of penguins and tennis balls.

The award for best lighting went to Jody Steele’s second period business information management class. The most creative award went to Lacy Molina’s second period English III class.

Baylee Lopez’s second period senior review class and Danielle Sims second period honors biology class were honorable mention.

Clubs were also bringing holiday cheer as the band marched in not only the local Christmas parade on Dec. 9, but also joined thousands of musicians in the Andrews Christmas Parade on Dec. 3 after the Andrews band buses were involved in an accident on the interstate on Nov. 26, which took the lives of a band director and bus driver.

The SkillsUSA chapter combined efforts during the local Christmas parade with a float depicting Candy Land.

The Auto Tech SkillsUSA group once again refurbished used bicycles and raised money for new bicycles as gifts for local children in need. The chapter produced 35 bicycles to hand out on Dec. 17.

SkillsUSA Cosmetology members shopped for and wrapped presents for clients at the West Texas Center for Mental Health and Mental Retardation in their annual service project.

Holiday music also rang from both the bands’ and choirs’ holiday concerts in December.