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By Bev Odom
The Red River Sun
WELLINGTON — A fiction yet fact-based story of American women training to be WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) in World War II, “Decision Height” came to life as Wellington High School’s one-act cast and crew performed for the 2021 district competition. Under the direction of Lana Tillman, the students traveled to Panhandle for the March 2 afternoon contest where they placed as alternate advancing play.
The technical crew of Marcus Lopez, Trey Lopez, Addy Mock, Jacey Clark, Isabella Rodriguez and Dylan Skelton won best technical crew.
Hadlee Gomez and Summer Neufeld earned all-star cast honors.
Named to the honorable mention all-star cast were Madilyn Armstrong and Dani Ponder.
The cast and crew will perform “Decision Height” for the community at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at the WHS auditorium. A silent auction fundraiser for the theatre arts department will precede the show beginning at 6:30 p.m.
In “Decision Height,” the women train to fly military airplanes for the government. The phrase “Decision Height” is an aviation term that marks the moment a pilot must decide whether it’s safe to descend for a landing, or he or she must go around and try again.
In the play, it’s a metaphor for the personal decisions these patriotic young women must face after choosing to help win the war, which forced them to leave family, friends and fiancés at home.