9 Traditions You Know From Being A Member Of Oak Hills Drama Club

9 Traditions You Know From Being A Member Of Oak Hills Drama Club

What do the Oak Hills Drama Club members do outside of rehearsal?

The Oak Hills Drama Club has played a major role in the lives of many individuals that have attended good ole’ Oakie High. While teaching life lessons and fun skills, the club also allows it’s members the opportunity to participate in many important traditions each year.

1. Gypsy Coat

At Oak Hills, this tradition inspires the seniors to work hard and continue to put effort into Drama Club. It consists of a graduation robe decorated with pictures from the most recent production and is passed on to the most hard-working senior. It is truly an honor to receive the coat and many seniors work for the coat starting their freshman year. This also gives an opportunity for one of the seniors to come back and visit the following year to pass on the coat.

2. Senior Toast

Many of the seniors start thinking about senior toast their freshmen year. After watching the grades above you participate in this tradition, it is a weird feeling to be standing in front of the cast with your group of seniors. This is typically a tear-filled event as you work towards leaving your fellow cast mates and directors to go on to bigger things.

3. Pre-show/Intermission “Opa!”

Right before a show, the energy level in the dressing rooms can be at an all-time high. In order to bring this down, we form an energy circle. This is a time to think about what you’re supposed to be doing onstage, as well as hear some important notes from the directors. At the end, we count down to the signature “Opa!” then it’s time to start the show. At intermission, this circle is repeated and after the second “Opa!” the second half of the show is on its way.

4. Cast Pictures

The cast is often rather reluctant when it comes to taking cast pictures. However, a few years down the road they'll be able to look back on the wonderful memories thanks to said pictures.

5. After show activities

While the show is exciting, the dinners with the cast after the show is even better. On Thursday night you can probably find the cast at Skyline Chili and Friday night, T.G.I. Friday’s (RIP). Bonding can be a tough process when different people are onstage at different times. These dinners give the cast the opportunity to sit down and bond without distractions.

6. Cast Dinner

Speaking of dinners, the cast dinner is an event put on by the parents during show week. These are often themed for the show and the parents go all out when decorating. After a stressful night of dress rehearsal, what could be better than sitting with your cast and eating free food?

7. Awards

These fun superlative-like “awards” are often handed out by the seniors at the cast party on Saturday night. These are meant to be silly and fun and a majority of the cast looks forward to seeing what they have been categorized as this show.

8. Five-minute show

This tradition is typically not something you’ll want to bring your parents to. After months of rehearsals, what better way to end a production than making fun of it? The five-minute show is a shortened, funnier version of the show, written by the seniors, meant to make everyone share one last laugh as a cast.

9. Drama Banquet

While this tradition is not directly affiliated with a specific production, this is probably the most fun of them all! This banquet allows the members of Drama Club to dress up according to a silly theme and spend time with everyone. It's a terrific way to end each school year.

These few traditions are near and dear to the hearts of many past and present Oak Hills students. They have allowed the alumni to take away many memories of their time as a part of the Oak Hills Drama Club and will continue to do so for the present and future students.

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Who cares about the environment with profits this high?


With the AP exams in May approaching quickly, my AP Environmental Science class has wasted no time in jumping right into labs. To demonstrate the damage to the environment done by strip mining, we were instructed to remove the chocolate chips from cookies.

The experiment in itself was rather simple. We profited from fully or partially extracted chips ($8 for a full piece and $4 for a partial) and lost from buying tools, using time and area and incurring fines.

This might seem simplistic, but it showcased the nature of disastrous fossil fuel companies.

We were fined a $1 per minute we spent mining. It cost $4 per tool we bought (either tweezers or paper clips) and 50 cents for every square centimeter of cookie we mined.

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If we found even a partial chocolate chip per minute, that's $3 profit or utilization elsewhere. Tools were an investment that could be made up each with a partial chip, and clearly we were able to find much, much more than just one partial chip per tool.

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We managed to avoid higher fines by deceiving our teacher by pushing together the broken cookie landscapes and swiping away the majority of our mess before being examined for fining purposes. This was amidst all of our cookies being broken into at least three portions.

After finding many, many chips, despite the costs of mining, we profited over $100. We earned a Franklin for destroying our sugary environment.

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They incurred the maximum fine of $45. They didn't profit $100, however.

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In the context of our environmental science class, these situations were anywhere from funny to satisfying. In the context of the real world, however, the consequences are devastating our environment.

Without even mentioning the current trajectory we're on approaching a near irreversible global temperature increase even if we took drastic measures this moment, mining and fracking is literally destroying ecosystems.

We think of earthquakes as creating mass amounts of sudden movement and unholy deep trenches as they fracture our crust. With dangerous mining habits, we do this ourselves.

Bigger companies not even related to mining end up destroying the planet and even hundreds of thousands of lives. ExxonMobil, BP? Still thriving in business after serial oil spills over the course of their operation. Purdue Pharma, the company who has misled the medical community for decades about the effects of OxyContin and its potential for abuse, is still running and ruining multitudes more lives every single day.

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