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Students dance the night away at Winter Formal

On Saturday, student council threw MCHS’s first Winter Formal in many years at the Freshman Campus
Aika Villa
MCHS’s Winter Formal took place on Jan. 20, where there was a glam-bot to capture the memories, along with many other activities within the event.

Freshmen walk into their familiar campus, and the upperclassmen are given a nostalgic blast from the past as they walk into this year’s Winter Formal. The music is blaring, the lasers are on, and there is a wave of excitement in the air.

On Saturday, Jan. 20, MCHS’s winter formal took place at the Freshman Campus.

There were mocktails for everyone from 6:30-7 p.m. The dance lasted until 10 and featured a hired DJ and other amenities. Student council devoted lots of their time into planning the dance.

“Student Council and participating volunteers from NHS and KeyClub helped pull the event together and decorate the space perfectly,” said Grace Hunt, student council secretary. “Our advisors worked hard to make the mocktail hour a successful time with awesome drinks and food, plus were great bartenders.”

However, some issues were not accounted for. The Lights in the freshman campus gym are motion sensored, so many felt this made it awkward. Because of this, the staff worked hard to turn them off per request of the students.

“Obviously the lights situation was a little iffy,” said John Aubert, student council advisor. “But that was kind of out of our control, so we eventually fixed that…I think the aesthetic was great. I know a lot of kids had a lot of fun with that.”

The decorations for the dance were themed around winter wonderland. There was also a stand located towards the back of the gym called a “glam-bot” where students could get fun videos together.

“I think the music was good, the people who went liked it,” said Kyra Hannamen, a sophomore who attended winter formal. “Food and drinks were good, and overall it was a good time. However, the turn out was not too many people.”

The dance was held at Freshman Campus in an effort to include freshmen. All of the other school dances have taken place at the Upper Campus. 

Winter formal was meant to include all students and provide an outlet for fun and connection. 

“We were initially a little scared of how it was going to look like and be at the Freshman Campus,” said Jia Shah, student council board member. “Despite the issue with the lighting I would say it was a success. Everything we had planned worked out exactly the way we wanted it to work. The things that we were in control of, executed the way we did, and I am happy with that.”

The Winter Formal, while there was not many students that attended, the dance was executed according to plan and went over well with the students that came.

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