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Dumas High School (DHS) student Lexi Mahaffey received a $500 scholarship from the DHS Art Club in May 2019 during the art festival the club puts on every year at The Art Center in Dumas.  The club raises the money for scholarships, prizes, and other benefits for Dumas art students through an annual Nitro Ball Tournament.  This year's tournament takes place October 12.  

Every year in May the Dumas High School (DHS) Art Club holds an art festival in conjunction with The Art Center in Dumas.  Children of all ages participate and show their work.  The club awards cash prizes to the best works in several categories.  In addition, the club awards scholarships totaling $2,000 to junior and senior members of the Art Club for their winning portfolios of work.  The money for this and other art club activities is raised annually  through a nitro ball tournament.  

This year, the tournament takes place Saturday, October 12, at the Dumas Junior High School Tennis Courts, according to Nancy Angeles, DHS art teacher.  "We have five teams signed up so far.  A couple of the teams are made up of students here -- football players and members of the Art Club and the band.  We are inviting community members to play as well,"  she said.  Angeles promises participants a fun experience for a worthy cause.  

For those unfamiliar with nitro ball, it is a game played on a tennis court with a volleyball.  Instead of hitting the ball with a racket, the players hit it back and forth with their hands.  they must wait for the ball to bounce once before hitting it.  Angeles likes the game.  "It is fun," she said. "They get pretty competitive. It is a good time."

Angeles says It costs $50 per team to register.  Each team has five players, four of whom are on the court at any one time.  Interested persons can obtain a registration form from her, Selenda Hightower, the other DHS art teacher, or any Art Club member.  The completed registration form along with the fee should be returned to Angeles, Hightower, any Art Club member, or DHS office manager Linda Godfrey by Friday, October 11.

Angeles says warm up on October 12 will begin at 5 p.m., and the first game starts at 6 p.m.

There are 69 members of the Art Club at DHS.  In addition to putting on the annual art festival, the club promotes art education and gives students a broader experience of the art world.  "We meet once a month and try projects we wouldn't ordinarily do in the classroom," said Angeles.  "This year, we are going to try to take a trip to Santa Fe."  In addition, club members participate in art events at Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma 

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