Malcolm, NEB. High school students in Malcolm are celebrating. On Thursday, they won the State One Act Play competition.
When the cast of Blues first got their scripts, they didn't realize how close to home it would hit for one of their own.
"She just kept saying to us. Make this real for me, make this real for them," said cast member Emma Beal.
"That was my life that they were talking about. Not just some random people doing a speech in a play- a role. That was me talking through them," said LeAundria Martinez.
Martinez has called many different places home.
"Before here, I lived in Texas, and before that I lived in Las Cruces, New Mexico, just a lot of places," said Martinez.
Including at the People's City Mission.
Lili, as she's known to those close to her, kept that to herself at first. But when the drama team decided to use their play about homelessness to collect food for the People's City Mission as admission to their show, she couldn't hide the connection.
"The first time we showed the People's City Mission promo video before our first public performance, we weren't sure Lili was going to be able to collect herself to go on back stage because she took it so personally," said Drama Coach Tami Maytum.
The play features stories from different types of people experiencing homelessness.
"Meth Beth, the character. That was my mom. She worked the streets. She walked them," said Martinez.
For Martinez, the play has a purpose well beyond a state win.
"This play. It brought hope to me," she said.
Now that they know how important it is and the message of homelessness, the students say they're planning to volunteer.
The students collected about 300 pounds of food to donate to the People's City Mission.