by Courtney Han
This year, the WHS Student Government created a new event to celebrate the holiday season: the Winter Formal.
The dance will be held at L’Affaire Catering Hall in Mountainside on Jan. 11. Today is the last day to buy tickets during all lunch periods and after school. Tickets are $25 each and cover each person’s dinner. Students are required to wear semi-formal attire, and dinner will be served.
According to SGA Adviser Ms. Michelle Spreitzer, profits for the event will go to Hugs for Brady, which is a state-wide charity that raises money for children with cancer.
Said senior Veronica Murphy, “Finally, we have a school dance—something we can all get dressed up for and be excited about together as a school.”
WHS has not had a winter formal dance in many years. Said SGA President Alex Jeffery, “[SGA] saw a need in the school community, and saw something that we could do to help people to enjoy their school experience that much more, and we decided to do it.”
SGA Adviser Ms. Elizabeth Schultz said: “It is a lot of work to organize the dance. [SGA] has been working on it all year, and really the planning began at the end of last year. So we are hoping lots of people will come.”
The idea for a Winter Formal came from student suggestions, according to Spreitzer. “This year, our officers are motivated and determined to make these requests become reality for their fellow students,” she said.
Said sophomore SGA representative Meghan Summers, “[The dance] is a good way to bring all the grades together and we’ve never had a dance before so it could be a new tradition.”
But according to senior Sophia Barry, students might not want to come. “While another dance is a good idea,” said Barry, “I feel like it’s not going to have enough interest in its first year to have a good attendance.”
Said sophomore Koryn Kraemer, “I’m not going because the tickets are expensive.”
Junior Brianna Parkinson said, “People aren’t going to take [the dance] seriously because school events aren’t a big thing that people go to at WHS, and seniors won’t be there because they already have prom.”
However, unlike prom, students don’t need a date, according to Schultz. “It will be the most fun if groups of friends come together rather than having everyone pair off,” she said.
Said Jeffery, “[The dance] will be an opportunity for people to enjoy themselves in a collective and school-wide atmosphere.”