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Morris Drama Club fundraiser surveys student compatibility

Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 9:23 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, April 6, 2014 7:54 a.m. CDT
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(Heidi Litchfield – hlitchfield@shawmedia.com)
Sam Obrochta sorts through questionnaires before sending them to Computer Fun as part of the Morris Community High School fundraiser.

MORRIS – Compatibility is important in any relationship, whether it be a friendship or significant other.

Students at Morris Community High School had the opportunity this week to fill out an optional questionnaire to see who is their most compatible fellow student, while benefiting the drama club.

The students were asked 33 questions ranging from “Does it bother you to waste time?” to “Which animal best describes your personality?” as part of the Computer Fun compatibility survey.

“I remember doing it in high school,” said Andrea Gustafson, drama club sponsor and an alumna of MCHS. “I remember vividly a boy I didn’t know was my No. 1 match, and my boyfriend at the time was my No. 3 match.”

Kirsten Bridgemen, president of drama club, said she thought it was a smart idea to bring funds in for their club.

“Fundraising is fun to do, and everyone likes a little gossip,” she said.

Sam Obrochta, treasurer of drama club, has a unique concern for her survey results.

She said she hopes she isn’t matched with her brother, as growing up in the same house they may have several of the same values that will come through via the survey.

“I’ve been single for a very long time, I might find out who I’m meant to be with before I head to college,” she said jokingly.

Sophie Gaska, vice president of the drama club, wonders how she and her two sisters will fair with their three boyfriends since they all have similar interests.

“It would be a little awkward if my sister’s boyfriend came up as my No. 1,” she said. “I’d be like, ‘You’re a good guy, but . . .’ ”

The three girls joked as they sorted out the questionnaires by gender and grade to be sent off to the company Computer Fun to go through the process of matching.

In addition to showing them their three most compatible mates, it also will tell students their three least compatible matches.

“I’ve been dating my boyfriend for one year and 11 months. It will be interesting, if he comes up on the least compatible list,” Gaska said. “I think it would be funny, but it wouldn’t change us.”

The results also will include the three most compatible friends, perhaps identifying someone the students have never met.

Gustafson said the students will be able to purchase the results the week of April 21 before or after school or at lunch.

The results will be sold for $2, with all but about 50 cents going to the drama club to fund the fall play and club outings.

For the past six years, the club has offered drama camp during the summer to raise funds, but with renovations planned in the auditorium this summer, club members are not sure if they will be able to host it.

Gustafson said the survey fundraiser was chosen because it has no risk involved and requires no up-front money.

Any results not purchased can be mailed back to the company and the club is not charged for them.

Gustafson has held this fundraiser in the past before drama camp started and said she is always amused at the students who tell her they aren’t going to pay for the results, but after a week goes by their curiosity gets the better of them and they end up purchasing.

In the past, this fundraiser has raised between $800 and $1,200, and she hopes this year’s is equally successful.

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