Over two hundred members of the Mount Carmel community started a new fashion trend this semester. Have you noticed Cubs proudly wearing either the brown/white bracelets or Mardi Gras-colored bracelets? If so, it's due to a wonderful and effective fundraiser that the Drama club led. A dozen students led the charge in selling these bracelets to friends and family members, raising over $1200 toward costs associated with participating in the Louisiana Thespian competition in January. Mount Carmel's troupe #2075 performed quite well at the festival earning many accolades including a perfect score in Lighting Design for Maggie Jaunet, Claire Bourgeois received a performance scholarship, and was the top score in Solo Musical Theater, Ava Buras, Sarah Dean, and Jessie Duplantis were the top score in Group Acting. Megan Loup and Hanna Miller earned a superior in Duet Acting, Daniela Vazquez earned a superior in Solo Musical Theater and the one-act Admissions, performed by Ele Heno, Katie Kitchen, and Jessie Duplantis received a superior rating.
What makes this fundraiser particularly meaningful is that it touched upon two topics that are important to Mount Carmel -- sustainability and global awareness. You see, these aren't just any ol' bracelets. The individual beads on the bracelets are made from recycled magazine paper, and they are crafted by women in Uganda whose livelihood is improved tremendously through the sale of the bracelets. The money the women earn allows them to pay for their children's education, improve their housing, and purchase medication.
Drama club director Kristi Jacobs-Stanley conceived of the idea for the fundraiser. When she approached her students about the idea, she received a very positive response. "They loved the eco-friendly aspect to the bracelets, and they especially loved the chance to make an impact by supporting women on the other side of globe. It was a win-win." Jacobs-Stanley partnered with New Orleans-based company Atlas Handmade Beads to make the fundraiser a reality. Atlas provides eco-friendly alternatives to plastic beads and bracelets.
This summer, Mount Carmel Academy's Drama Club STK will perform on the main stage at the International Thespian Festival at University of Nebraska in Lincoln. The highly coveted invitation signals achievement of superior work in theater and was offered to only 11 schools across the United States and Canada. Mount Carmel will perform "Silent Sky," the story of Henrietta Leavitt, a female astronomer who transcended her job as a Harvard "computer" (data entry clerk) to make significant, groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of space.