Students forego sleep, ham it up for fundraiser

News Nov 12, 2009 Ancaster News

Ancaster High students danced, sang, laughed and got to know each other, all for a good cause as the school’s first 24-Hour Improv-a-thon took to the stage last Thursday morning.

Drama teacher Venetia Fletcher said the benefits of the unique 24- hour fundraiser are three-fold.

“It encourages more students to get involved in drama, money is raised and the reward to the students is peer mentoring, with the juniors looking up to the seniors,” Fletcher said. “It’s fun, healthy play. It’s such a fabulous event.”

The Improv-a-thon began at 11:05 a. m. on Thursday and continued to 11:05 a. m. Friday. To keep students, parent chaperones and teachers awake and alert, Tim Hortons Ancaster provided 80 cups of coffee while Pizza Pizza provided a discount on food. Student leaders also created an itinerary that included drama games and activities like Guitar Hero and Dance, Dance Revolution, a spontaneous jam session, a massive game of Twister, karaoke and Whose Line Is it Anyway?

Fletcher started the Improv-athon while teaching at Westdale Secondary School. About 250 students at the west Hamilton school took part in the event last year. The fundraiser also takes place at Orchard Park under the guidance of teacher Aaron Cowan.

In its inaugural year at Ancaster High, Fletcher said she was thrilled that 65 students had signed on for the overnight experience.

“It’s really been great,” she said. “Parents have been dropping by with food, and one of the fellows is celebrating his birthday so we have a couple of cakes for later.”

Post-graduate student Josh Clemenger returned to lend his technical expertise to the Improva- thon. He was involved in the drama program during his years at Ancaster High, participated in the Sears Drama Festival and has performed with Theatre Aquarius.

As the Improv-a-thon edged into its fifth hour last Thursday, Josh was acting as emcee, working the lights and helping out with “anything that needs doing.”

He said the Improv-a-thon and drama, in general, act as an icebreaker for students.

“A lot of what I’ve seen is acceptance. Nothing is out of bounds because students are encouraged to do the craziest and whackiest things, and it’s normal,” said Josh.

Grade 11 student Nicki Varkevisser, who helped organize the event, agrees.

“A lot of times in school and in life, people are so judgmental,” she said. “....drama allows you to forget who you are and you’re able to become whoever you want to be.”

Students forego sleep, ham it up for fundraiser

News Nov 12, 2009 Ancaster News

Ancaster High students danced, sang, laughed and got to know each other, all for a good cause as the school’s first 24-Hour Improv-a-thon took to the stage last Thursday morning.

Drama teacher Venetia Fletcher said the benefits of the unique 24- hour fundraiser are three-fold.

“It encourages more students to get involved in drama, money is raised and the reward to the students is peer mentoring, with the juniors looking up to the seniors,” Fletcher said. “It’s fun, healthy play. It’s such a fabulous event.”

The Improv-a-thon began at 11:05 a. m. on Thursday and continued to 11:05 a. m. Friday. To keep students, parent chaperones and teachers awake and alert, Tim Hortons Ancaster provided 80 cups of coffee while Pizza Pizza provided a discount on food. Student leaders also created an itinerary that included drama games and activities like Guitar Hero and Dance, Dance Revolution, a spontaneous jam session, a massive game of Twister, karaoke and Whose Line Is it Anyway?

Fletcher started the Improv-athon while teaching at Westdale Secondary School. About 250 students at the west Hamilton school took part in the event last year. The fundraiser also takes place at Orchard Park under the guidance of teacher Aaron Cowan.

In its inaugural year at Ancaster High, Fletcher said she was thrilled that 65 students had signed on for the overnight experience.

“It’s really been great,” she said. “Parents have been dropping by with food, and one of the fellows is celebrating his birthday so we have a couple of cakes for later.”

Post-graduate student Josh Clemenger returned to lend his technical expertise to the Improva- thon. He was involved in the drama program during his years at Ancaster High, participated in the Sears Drama Festival and has performed with Theatre Aquarius.

As the Improv-a-thon edged into its fifth hour last Thursday, Josh was acting as emcee, working the lights and helping out with “anything that needs doing.”

He said the Improv-a-thon and drama, in general, act as an icebreaker for students.

“A lot of what I’ve seen is acceptance. Nothing is out of bounds because students are encouraged to do the craziest and whackiest things, and it’s normal,” said Josh.

Grade 11 student Nicki Varkevisser, who helped organize the event, agrees.

“A lot of times in school and in life, people are so judgmental,” she said. “....drama allows you to forget who you are and you’re able to become whoever you want to be.”

Students forego sleep, ham it up for fundraiser

News Nov 12, 2009 Ancaster News

Ancaster High students danced, sang, laughed and got to know each other, all for a good cause as the school’s first 24-Hour Improv-a-thon took to the stage last Thursday morning.

Drama teacher Venetia Fletcher said the benefits of the unique 24- hour fundraiser are three-fold.

“It encourages more students to get involved in drama, money is raised and the reward to the students is peer mentoring, with the juniors looking up to the seniors,” Fletcher said. “It’s fun, healthy play. It’s such a fabulous event.”

The Improv-a-thon began at 11:05 a. m. on Thursday and continued to 11:05 a. m. Friday. To keep students, parent chaperones and teachers awake and alert, Tim Hortons Ancaster provided 80 cups of coffee while Pizza Pizza provided a discount on food. Student leaders also created an itinerary that included drama games and activities like Guitar Hero and Dance, Dance Revolution, a spontaneous jam session, a massive game of Twister, karaoke and Whose Line Is it Anyway?

Fletcher started the Improv-athon while teaching at Westdale Secondary School. About 250 students at the west Hamilton school took part in the event last year. The fundraiser also takes place at Orchard Park under the guidance of teacher Aaron Cowan.

In its inaugural year at Ancaster High, Fletcher said she was thrilled that 65 students had signed on for the overnight experience.

“It’s really been great,” she said. “Parents have been dropping by with food, and one of the fellows is celebrating his birthday so we have a couple of cakes for later.”

Post-graduate student Josh Clemenger returned to lend his technical expertise to the Improva- thon. He was involved in the drama program during his years at Ancaster High, participated in the Sears Drama Festival and has performed with Theatre Aquarius.

As the Improv-a-thon edged into its fifth hour last Thursday, Josh was acting as emcee, working the lights and helping out with “anything that needs doing.”

He said the Improv-a-thon and drama, in general, act as an icebreaker for students.

“A lot of what I’ve seen is acceptance. Nothing is out of bounds because students are encouraged to do the craziest and whackiest things, and it’s normal,” said Josh.

Grade 11 student Nicki Varkevisser, who helped organize the event, agrees.

“A lot of times in school and in life, people are so judgmental,” she said. “....drama allows you to forget who you are and you’re able to become whoever you want to be.”