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During that time, Mu- noz received 23 monetary contributions of varying amounts, with the largest being a $250 from tax collection law firm Line- barger, Goggan, Blair and Sampson, LLR Seventy percent of Munoz' expenses went to yard signs, while she also spent $100 as a donation to the Hays Rebel 5K run. Petrea, who is running in her first political cam- paign, equally shelled out the dollars betweenValen- fine's Day and April 6. Petrea, a former PTA president, spent $1,460 dollars on her campaign. According to the report, the amount was reim- bursements to herself for campaign signs and advertising that had been purchased. Three current city council members and one Hays CISD board trustee made monetary contribu- tions to Petrea during the period as well. Kyle Mayor Todd Webster contributed $100, while Travis Mitchell, Kyle District 1 City Council Member, contributed $200. Lee Urbanovsky, Buda City Council place 1 member, along with his wife, Amy Urbanovsky, contributed $150. Hays CISD District 4 trustee Esperanza Orosco and her husband, David Orosco, contributed $50. Petrea has $137 left in her political war chest. Burrell, a military veteran who is a political newcomer, spent just over $680 on political signs on her campaign between Feb. 15 and March 31. According to her report, BurreU received a $300 contribution from Buda attorney Lucinda Doyle, while also listing a $500 donation to herself. FINANCES, 4B Hays CISD nonprofit helps students gear up for prom BY SAMANTHA SMITH A~os Hays High tudents gear up r prom May 6, students and parents may be taken aback at the costs associated with the event. In some cases, the bill for a dress, shoes and beauty expenses can equal up to $1,000. With the help of "Cinderella's Closet," a non-profit organiza- tion run within Lehman High, Hays CISD stu- dents have the chance to check out gently used donated formal wear for free for events. Lourdes Queen, a Spanish teacher at Leh-man High and Cinderella's Closet faculty sponsor, said the nonprofit began several years ago as the brain child of Rosa Munoz, who wanted a way for all students to go to prom without having to stress over the price tag. Queen said the Span- ish Honor Society ac- quired the organization four years ago and has served many Hays and Lehman High students. They help the students, boys and girls, and obtain formal wear for events such as home- coming dances, military balls and prom. Queen said interested students visit Cinder- ella's Closet and fill out a short application in order to check out a PHOTO BY SAMANTHA SMITH Standing at the entryway of Cinderella's Closet at Lehman High are (L-R) sophomores Berenice Udave, Kami Hernandez and Gaby Arvizu. All three are member of the Spanish Honors Society, which is the group that operates the nonprofit that helps Hays CISD students find formal wear for a variety of school functions. Inset are some of the dresses students can pick from at Cinder- "We're always accepting donations ... People can donate nice formal wear to the Lehman High School Office and they will get it to me." - Lourdes Queen, Spanish teacher and Cinderella's Closet faculty sponsor dress, or tuxedo, or suit. On average, 30 girls "It's a very small space Students can also check will go to Cinderella's right now," Queen said. out shoes or jewelry they Closet before prom, "But we would like to want to wear. Queen said. expand someday." Berenice Udave, Kami Hernandez and Gaby Arvizu, Lehman High sophomores and members of the Spanish Honor Society, said they understood the need for Cinderella's Closet. Part of that was based on the experiences of their siblings who have spent large amounts of money for prom. "My sister just went to our (Lehman High) prom and she spent a lot more on everything than she expected," Arvizu said. But for the three, the need for the organiza- tion goes beyond just offering formal wear. All three agreed that every student should be able to participate in events such as prom without worrying about how much it could cost them or their families. Queen said the orga- nization was still in the process of recovering as dresses and accessories were damaged due to flooding two years ago. "We're always accept- ing donations," Queen said, "People can donate nice formal wear to the Lehman High School Office and they will get it to me." Queen said the Closet is free of charge to any student wishing to use it. The organization covers the cost of clean- ing the attire after each rental as well as the cost of repairs if they are not too big. "If a dress or suit is unable to be checked out and worn we will do- nate them to the Salva- tion Army," Queen said. i PHOTOBYJIMCuLLEN Lehman High School's Health Occupations Student Associa- tion (HOSA) has once again qualified members to advance to the organization's Nationals! Lobo HOSA senior members Ma- rissa Paz ad Dara Vasquez will represent Lehman at Orlando this summer. Marissa earned HOSA's Barbara James Nomina- tion to advance to Nationals, competing in the Home Health Aide category, and Dara will compete in the HOSA Chapters Reflections category. PHOTO BY OWENTAYLOR Hays High School's Legacy Players sparkled at the lofty Regional level of competition this week, their One Act Play, "Si- lent Sky," again impressive at San Antonio Southside High School. By virtue of that Regional berth, these theatre stand- outs celebrated their production being one of the state's top 24 One Act plays in 2017! Individual honors went to David Bluestein (Best Tech), Sydney Harrold and Erin Swearingen (All-Star Cast), and Clayt Aziz (Honorable Mention All-Star Cast). The group is directed by Catherine Crafton. +