By Rebecca Herman
On Friday, November 7, the Johnson County High School Student Council held their third annual auction in the Johnson County High School commons area. This group of 20 students, five from each grade, is led by Priscilla Davis, Johnson County High School counselor, and co-sponsored by Karen Blevins, Aleta Gentry, and Brittany Pleasant.
Student Council members began seeking donations in August. This feat took many hours of visiting local businesses, emailing companies and celebrities, and making many phone calls. Davis leaves no stone unturned when searching for donations. Some of the impressive donations she has received have come from The Dr. Phil Show, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, and The Peyton Manning Foundation, just to name a few.
Not all donations came from far away though. Most of the donations were from generous local businesses, school system employees, and student council members. Each department at the high school, CTE, Central Office, Roan Creek Elementary, Doe, and Laurel created themed variety arrangements to sell at the auction. The most popular arrangement was a coffee themed basket that was assembled by the JCHS Special Education department. This basket was valued at over $100 and sold for $45. The highest selling item in the auction was a certificate for Petes Custom Detailing, valued at $125, which sold for $80.
Tickets were also auctioned off for area attractions, such as Tweetsie Railroad, Ripleys Aquarium, WonderWorks, Dollywood, and Brights Zoo.
There were several items at the auction that caused quite a bidding war. One of the most humorous bidding wars centered around a set of Egyptian cotton bed sheets. Two bidders were battling, when at the last minute a third bidder jumped in and won the final bid.
The crowd had many great laughs due to the excellent auctioneering done by Chris Mullins. He encouraged bidders to keep going up because its just one more dollar. Mullins also reminded people that Christmas is coming up. All in attendance seemed to have a great time.
We appreciate the administrators and the entire community for their support in all our endeavors, said Davis. There was a great turnout from central office and United Way board members. For the past three years the auction has been held on the first Friday night in November. Normally football is completed by that point, however for the past two years the Longhorns have had the opportunity to go to the playoffs. This, along with other community events, has lowered the number of people who would normally attend the auction. This years auction had around 45 bidders. We may have to revamp our schedule next year. We may plan the auction on a Saturday afternoon, said Davis.
The auction, including concessions, brought in $2,554. Student Council has also been selling boxes of candy bars during the school year.
So, what will Student Council do with the money earned from their fundraisers?
Davis and the Student Council will be traveling to Nashville in December to attend the Gaylord Opryland County Christmas. The money from the auction will be used to help pay for the trip, which costs $3,800. Any additional proceeds will be saved for a larger trip next year. Davis said she is looking into either traveling to New York City with Educate America or to Disney World in Orlando, Florida for a Disney Careers conference.
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By Rebecca Herman