There are times when Alice High School just gets a bad rap. You know what I’m talking about.

This is a big campus with a student body of some 1,300 teen-agers ranging in age from 14 to 18. Like anywhere else in the state and even the country, if you get enough students in a building, you’re going to have occasional run-ins, errors in judgment and bad decisions. It happens. It happens at even the best of schools and in the most affluent of communities.

However this is Alice, and like I said, sometimes it gets a bad rap. Sometimes, something happens and social media erupts with posts like, “Only in Alice…” Or something like, “That’s why I moved my family from Alice years ago.” Ironically, those family moves are often to places where whatever may happen here every once in a while happens there daily.

Unfortunately, it’s not only in Alice. More importantly, the behavior and actions of a few should not represent that of the entire school.

In fact, when it comes to Alice High School, it isn’t hard to find way more good than anything else.

If I overlooked someone or a group, I apologize, but this is a short list of some remarkable students and organizations who I think of when I think of when someone says, “Only in Alice.”

– The school’s Junior Police Academy, which routinely volunteers its students to provide security at some school events, community gatherings like local 5K runs and Coyote football games, recently came through in a big way during the holiday season. The club collected food in November and provided Thanksgiving meals for some 15 local families. The group then collected more than 400 toys which made Christmas a little brighter for younger Alice students, some of whom may have gone without. The group, made up of students interested in law and law enforcement, is currently planning is third annual Easter egg hunt.

— Alice High School has 87 students who are concurrently enrolled at the high school and Coastal Bend College. Through the Alice Early College High School program, students graduate from Alice High School with their high school diploma and 60 college hours or an Associate’s Degree from CBC.

— Alice High School is known statewide from its Academic Decathlon program, and this year’s team seems to be living up to its reputation. The AHS Decathlon team began its season by winning the Sinton tournament. They then placed second at the San Antonio Holmes Round I meet. The team placed second at regionals and is preparing for the state championship.

— Students in the school’s theatre arts program recently finished producing Lion King Jr., but that’s really the least of what they’ve been up to. In August, the group volunteered to do a performance for Alice ISD’s anti-bullying camp. In September, the theatre arts students lent a hand in cleaning The Rainbow Room, which furnishes toys, clothes and diapers for children which are removed from their homes. The students also collected some 7,000 pounds of food for the food bank, gathered food for victims of Hurricane Harvey and they gave gifts to senior citizens around Thanksgiving. The students also performed for the senior citizens. The students are currently working on their competition play for UIL’s One Act Play, which they’ll perform in front of judges on Feb. 9.

— Alice High School’s DECA students are headed to state to compete in International Business Plan Event. They advanced by submitting a research paper and presenting a proposal on PowerPoint. The proposal asked a potential investor to help finance a start up company internationally.

— A group of 12 Alice High School students who are in the Texas Association of Future Educators recently competed in the TAFE Region 2 Conference and earned a trip to the organization’s Teach Tomorrow Summit in Houston. The students advanced in Teacher Created Materials, Project Visualized, Bulletin Board and Educational Leadership Fundamentals Test.

— In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in late August, there were plenty of groups who did their part to help the storm-ravaged areas. The Alice High School athletic department was one of them. The program’s cheerleaders, cross country runners, volleyball team and football team collected everything from water and can foods to pampers and toiletries. They then loaded an Alice school bus on a Saturday and delivered the supplies around the Rockport area and helped however they could.

— During the holiday season, some of the Alice High School band and band directors helped spread holiday cheer by playing Christmas music at area businesses and even H-E-B.

Come to think of it, they’re right… only in Alice.