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What to do with Certificates?

  • 1.  What to do with Certificates?

    Posted 11 days ago
    Hi everyone! I'm curious as to what troupe directors do with the certificates for their inductees? Do you give them to the student during the ceremony and they take it home? Do they stay in the theatre so you can keep up with stars, bars, and other honors?

    The walls of our lobby are a little barren and I'd love to just display all of our Thespian stuff, like our roster and certificates, but was curious if others have done the same.

    Thanks!

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    Rachel Roper
    Teacher of the Year 2019
    Howard High School
    Bibb County Public Schools
    Macon GA
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  • 2.  RE: What to do with Certificates?

    Posted 11 days ago
    We display them in the lobby of our auditorium. One of our secretary's jobs is to keep a running tally of points, and updating the certificates with stars and the like. When students graduate we have a bit of a senior goodbye ceremony where we give them their certificates and list all of their achievements.

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    Christopher Hamilton
    Drama Teacher
    Kennewick WA
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  • 3.  RE: What to do with Certificates?

    Posted 8 days ago
    That's a terrific idea!! I love that thought of giving the seniors their hard-earned certificates. Thank you!

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    Rachel Roper
    Teacher
    Bibb County Public Schools
    Macon GA
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  • 4.  RE: What to do with Certificates?

    Posted 11 days ago
    We give them to the students when they are inducted after they sign the membership roll. Of course, we don't have anywhere to display them in our facility. We do have a forever plaque for students who reach National or International Thespian status when they graduate but that is in the front office with the other forever plaques for the various organizations on campus.

    Have you considered framing your show posters and cast pictures to decorate your walls?

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    Shira Schwartz
    Chandler Unified School District
    Chandler AZ
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  • 5.  RE: What to do with Certificates?

    Posted 8 days ago
    Considered yes, gotten around to it, not yet. I'm making it my summer project, though!

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    Rachel Roper
    Teacher
    Bibb County Public Schools
    Macon GA
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  • 6.  RE: What to do with Certificates?

    Posted 8 days ago
    I don't have any place to display them, so I keep them in a filing cabinet.  Their senior year, I add the honor stickers and stars to it and then they receive it at banquet that year.  One of the funny things that has happened - they love getting it, especially those inducted their freshman year, because it has the signature of whomever was Thespian president the year they were inducted.

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    Laura Steenson
    Theatre Director
    Reynolds High School
    Troutdale OR
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  • 7.  RE: What to do with Certificates?

    Posted 8 days ago
    I like the idea to hold their certificates until graduation- makes sense as far as putting on the correct stickers.  On a related note, how do you handle star pins for members as they advance through the ranks?  (We re-chartered after a lengthy absence about 2 years ago.)  My initial plan was to have students return star pins they earned in exchange for Honor ranking, but I've already had one student tell me she "doesn't know" where her pins are at.  Is there a better way of doing this?

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    Derek Friederich
    Thespian Troupe 417/Speech Coach/Jr. High Drama/Fine Arts Center Technical Director
    Postville IA
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  • 8.  RE: What to do with Certificates?

    Posted 7 days ago
    Derek, I'd say just have the student reimburse you for the missing stars in order to get the Honor Rank pin.

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    Susan Nieten
    Theatre Teacher & Thespian Troupe Director
    Noblesville High School
    Noblesville, IN
    @NHSTheatre @mrsnieten
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  • 9.  RE: What to do with Certificates?

    Posted 7 days ago
    We don't do pins other than the initial induction pins.  It's too much money, and there's not really a place they'd wear them or anything.  If it's important to the kids, then I think you have to either expect to not get them back, expect them to pay for it, or not give them the next pin up until they've returned the original.

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    Laura Steenson
    Theatre Director
    Reynolds High School
    Troutdale OR
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