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Despite low attendance, winter-themed dance delights ninth graders

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Grace LaBelle
At the winter-themed dance, ninth graders sway to the music in C116. The event was hosted by the Class of 2027 Student council, and, despite limited attendance, the ninth graders enjoyed spending time with their friends.

With string lights lining the room and sprinkles of artificial snow on the ground, C116 was transformed into a Winter Wonderland for a ninth grade dance hosted by the Class of 2027 Student Council. From 7-9:30 on Jan. 19, the room was decked out with winter-themed decorations and activities such as a photo booth and a massive food table piled high with pizza, candy and drinks. 

According to Nadia Washington, class Cultural Union representative, 64 people, just under half the class, attended the dance. She was pleasantly surprised with the attendance after hearing many people express they didn’t want to. 

“Everyone was like, ‘Heck no, I don’t want to hang out with my fellow freshmen,’” Nadia said, laughing. 

What drew ninth grader Theo Lach to the dance was the opportunity to attend with friends. 

“I thought being with friends is nice and there was a lot of tasty food and candy, which is always a bonus,” Theo said. 

 Although Theo noted the limited attendance, it didn’t affect his enjoyment, he said. 

“There weren’t a ton of people there, but I think if there’s people there that you enjoy being with then that’s OK,” he said. 

Similarly, ninth grader Ledya Wreden didn’t mind the limited attendance, mentioning that it provided “more space to dance.” 

Both Theo and Ledya mentioned that more advertising is an improvement they would suggest for the future, a concern Nadia mentioned when discussing the Student Council’s decision to change the date. 

She said, “Honestly, it was kinda stressful because we weren’t sure if we were gonna be able to re-advertise and still have the best turnout.” 

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Grace LaBelle, Photographer
Grace LaBelle is a beginning photojournalist and a member of the Class of 2026. Her favorite part of photojournalism is taking pictures at school assemblies. Outside of class, Grace enjoys going on bike rides, going on hikes and swimming. 

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