Randall High School has a new honor to celebrate. For the first time in its history, its One Act team are state champions. Last week, those students went to Austin to compete in state with their One Act Play, "Dark Side". They came in first out of more than 200 schools there were there. Pronews 7 is featuring that accomplishment in this week's Region 16 Spotlight on Education.
Their play was about six months in the making. Its subject matter was the dark side of a space mission.
"The play is about three astronauts and they're on the moon and this is back in 1970's during the Apollo missions and stuff," said Randall High School Senior, Tucker Carver.
But that's that drama, that the students and theatre teacher Sy Scroggins feel won them the championship.
"I read a lot of plays and I started reading them last summer and just read a lot of plays. I narrowed it down to a couple that I really liked and I had some kids get together and read through them and this is the one we all kind of decided yeah, this is the one," said Scroggins.
"Being one out of 243 schools feels pretty good and especially since we are at the first ones in Randall history to ever make that accomplishment is something to definitely be proud of," said Carver.
"It's definitely a humbling experience because of you work so hard and you know that other schools worked just as hard. It ended on a sweet note, we'll put it that way. It was great, it just fulfilled all my high school dreams all at once and it was wonderful," said Randall High School Senior, Jancee Bennett.
For the theatre teacher, and for the seniors, whose last day is Friday, it's a bitter sweet success.
"It's bittersweet. This is my first year but, I've know the kids for awhile because of camps and it's going to be really hard to say goodbye to them," said Scroggins.
Carver said they rehearsed somewhere around 60 to 70 times to get the play just right for competition.