Annual Silent Auction brings in almost $1,400


Curtis Brashaw

Students bid on items in the Silent Auction.

Curtis Brashaw, Staff Writer

Every year, St. Louis High School’s National Honor Society hosts a silent auction to raise money for a charity organization. The National Honors Society votes on which charity to donate to every year. Last year St. Louis voted to donate to Relay for Life; Relay for Life is an organization that works with the American Cancer Society. With everything being uncertain this year, school administrators decided to keep the auction as scheduled. The auction concluded Thursday, Mar. 4, at 3:00 p.m. There were bids on everything from lockers to extra credit on tests. In total, the auction brought in $1,373.25, which will be donated to a charity that is to be voted on in two weeks.

The auction attracted plenty of attention this year considering many events have been canceled, including prom. One of the highest bidders, Alison Onstott, bought a senior locker for $56.00. After being asked why she felt the locker was worth so much, she said, “The locker is on the corner so you wouldn’t have to deal with anyone except one person. Plus, it is near two of the best teachers, Mrs. Dubridge and Mrs. Beery.” There were multiple senior lockers for sale, but most of them sold for about $40. The benefit of having a senior locker is that it is larger. 

The auction certainly came down to the last minute. There were people running to their spots and trying not to be shoved. Onstott described it as “chaotic” and, “exciting but very stressful.” She also said, “It was very stressful at the end of the day Thursday. I was getting pushed around and trapped by everyone around me. I wasn’t expecting to be able to get to the thing I wanted.”

Another bidder, Zach Smith, paid the most for five extra credit points on a world history test for Mr. Burleson. He paid $100, which he justified by saying, “It wasn’t really for the extra credit or because I wanted the extra credit. It was because I wanted to give money to a good cause. I chose this class because it was my lowest grade.” That was the least obvious motive for bidding on things. Likewise, According to Onstott, “I wasn’t mad about spending a lot of money because it was for a good cause.”