The NHS Sees Broadway Musical
photo by Melinda BakFront row, left to right: Vannesa Bueso, Marlyn Topete, and Emma Avery. Second row, left to right: Madison Aldrich, Madison Mueller, Andrea Curiel, and Kailey Bak. Third row, left to right: Katey Koopmans, Taylor Rodenburgh, Josie McKee, Jake Lynott, and Kooper Walsh. Back row, left to right: Samantha Salker, Abbie Ericson, Michael Trageser, Zach Hulshof, and Logan Veen-Strege.
The National Honor Society students and sponsors attended the Broadway musical Elf at the Sioux City Orpheum Theater on Sunday, November 19th. West Sioux has been taking students to the Orpheum for about ten years. The NHS used to go to USD to watch a play each year. Mr. Jim Hansen had season tickets to the Orpheum, and he decided to start taking NHS students there instead. The students vote each year on which play or musical they want to go see. The best time to go is in between sports seasons. This year, it just happened to work out schedule wise to go between football and basketball. Vannesa Bueso said, “This was a great experience for me because I got to experience the cultural aspect of it and see all the historical architecture. I liked that the Orpheum Theater was really pretty and a great place to see Elf.” Every year, they go to the Orpheum Theater to give the kids a little culture. Most students wouldn’t buy tickets to Broadway shows because they are fairly expensive. The NHS gets discounted tickets because they go as a group. Abbie Ericson said, “I thought it was fun and something different to do.” In order to be in NHS, you have to have a 3.3 grade point average or higher and be in good standing with the school. It looks good on your college application. NHS members tend to be leaders within the school, and they complete community service hours. Guidance Counselor and NHS lead sponsor Duane Sperle, said, “Having a high GPA along with community service on your college application really does help out with scholarships.” The Orpheum Theater was remodeled 15-20 years ago and a lot of money was spent on it. It has huge chandeliers that were sent overseas, and it has a big grand staircase. Many people usually stop there and take pictures. NHS sponsor, Melinda Bak, has been taking the group picture on the staircase for the last several years. The National Honor Society had seats on the main floor, so they were able to look up and see all the chandeliers. They got to walk all around the theater and check it out before the musical started. Kailey Bak said, “I really enjoyed the experience of watching a professional cast perform Elf.” The NHS has five sponsors this year. They are: Josh Martinsen, Melinda Bak, Sarah Jones, Eric Ruppelt, and Duane Sperle. Jones and Ruppelt just became sponsors this year after Jan Thompson and Merriya Pickner stepped down. Mr. Sperle had been a sponsor for 8-10 years and this year he is the main advisor because of Hansen’s retirement. He is thinking of adding another sponsor next year so there will be six sponsors total. Madison Aldrich said, “The whole experience was really cool, and the theater was really nice.” Josh Martinsen said, “As a teacher, it’s good to show kids that you care. For example, paying attention to how good the kids are doing in their classes or how well their grades have gotten and rewarding them by going to this musical.” The tickets for the musical are paid for by working concessions. The seniors work concessions each year and whatever money is left will carry over to next year. Basically, it gets carried over from year to year. Usually, they all go to the Orpheum in the spring, and they do concessions in the winter. They had to use the leftover money from last year to buy the Elf tickets this year since they went so early. Overall, this is a great activity for the students to experience, and it is enjoyed by the students and sponsors alike.