Marcus High School (MHS) hosted the 27th annual Lewisville ISD (LISD) Student Council Friendship Dinner, a social event that brings all LISD Student Council members together for a special night of dinner, games, reflection and team-building. Student Council members from all five LISD high schools – Flower Mound (FMHS), Hebron High School (HHS), Lewisville (LHS), MHS and The Colony (TCHS) – participated in the event.
“It was really fun and cool getting to know everyone and I liked how we were put into different groups to participate in different activities together,” FMHS student Brad Davis said. “Although our schools can be rivals, we live close together in the same community and we can be friends at the end of the day.”
“Tonight has been a great opportunity to make memories, meet new people and possibly take something back to our school to make it better,” MHS Student Body President Amber Acklie said. “I encourage everyone to participate in Student Council. StuCo has taught me how to work well with others – especially during difficult situations – and it is nice to have a group to call family at the end of the day.”
This year’s theme was “Nothing Basic About It,” and students and staff dressed in camo ready to attend boot camp. The boot camp dinner benefitted Operation Gratitude – an organization that annually sends 150,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation, to new recruits, veterans, first responders, wounded warriors, care givers and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas. Its mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the nation’s active duty and veteran communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation to members of the U.S. military.
“MHS was honored to host the 27th Annual Friendship Dinner,” MHS Student Council Advisor Gina Karbs said. “This is a great way for all LISD high schools to come together for an evening of food, fun and friendship. We are excited to carry on the Friendship Dinner tradition this year.”
Approximately 100 people attended the camo-themed dinner catered by The Village Grill, including 15 students from each school’s Student Council. Other special guests in attendance included LISD Superintendent Dr. Stephen F. Waddell, LISD Chief Operating Officer Dr. Kevin Rogers, LISD Central Zone Leader Buddy Bonner, LISD West Zone Leader Rhonda Godbey, FMHS Assistant Principal Estella Rupard, Flower Mound 9th Grade Principal Will Skelton, MHS Principal Gary Shafferman, Marcus 9th Grade Principal Chantell Upshaw, HHS Principal Scot Finch, LHS Principal Jeff Kajs and LHS-Harmon Principal Andy Plunkett.
Following the dinner, students and special guests alike participated in an obstacle course, team-building games and wrote letters to the troops for the group’s community service project.
Elizabeth Haas works in the media relations division of the Lewisville Independent School District.