Winter Formal Takes Students Out for a Night in New York

Photo by Ms. Saquella

“We’ve worked really hard on this. We meet as members three times a week just to get everything done, but it’s really rewarding when we see it all come together at the dance.”

– Trinity Wolff

Dances are some of the hallmarks of the high school experience. Students remember what they wore, who they danced with and the memories they made. The dance, however, takes on a whole new look when the perspective of the planners is considered. For example, NHS officers and members would say that planning and organizing Winter Formal is a major undertaking that involves a lot of time, elbow grease and dedication. But despite all this, they try to make each year’s Winter Formal bigger and better. This year’s theme, “A Night in New York,” conveyed that.

When someone thinks of New York, they may think of the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Broadway, Central Park, and countless other distinctive features of the Big Apple. They think of glitz and glam, of Wall Street or even street vendors. Whatever the image of New York may be, NHS worked hard to capture it and show it in any way they could.

“We started discussing what we wanted to do for Winter Formal right after [Homecoming] Tailgate,” NHS Junior Officer and junior Lauren Hardy said. “The first major hurdle to get over was deciding a theme.” She, along with the other NHS officers came up with “A Night in New York” and started working on it as soon as they could.

During the workday, senior Lisa Johnson makes posters for the dance that will be hung up around the school. Photo by Ms. Saquella

The dance itself reflected what people know best about New York through the decorations, the pop ups and the photo booth. To get people excited and aware of the dance, the school displayed the theme with spirit days and fun lunch activities. Throughout the week of Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, students dressed up for Mix-it-up Monday, Tourist Tuesday, Wall Street Wednesday, Holiday Sweater Thursday and Famous Friday. As a promotional event, competitions for free Winter Formal tickets were held at the end of every week starting the week tickets went on sale. The competitions themselves ranged from gingerbread house building, to stacking cups into skyscrapers. All of these elements to account for mean that NHS officers are constantly at work.

“Planning a dance as students is hard because we have to go to school and put time in after school on top of everything else,” NHS President and senior Demi Miller said. “It just takes a lot of time and energy.”

NHS has been diligent since second quarter started in making sure everything runs smoothly, the decorations are done in time and the DJ is booked.

“We’ve worked really hard on this. We meet as members three times a week just to get everything done,” NHS Junior Officer and junior Trinity Wolff said. “But it’s really rewarding when we see it all come together at the dance.”

All of these elements came together on the night of Saturday, Dec. 3, from 7-10 p.m. at the Red Mountain Multigenerational Center, located at 7550 E. Adobe Rd. in Mesa. For more information about Winter Formal, visit NHS advisor Ms. Sweet in Advisement or see NHS officers.  

(Featured photo by Ms. Saquella)