BY EMMA HUERTA
School-administered dances such as homecoming, prom and winter dances have become major traditions over the years, and are events students don’t want to miss during their four years spent in high school. The CCHS Class of 2021, however, has a new tradition in mind.
The class officers and sponsors are working on bringing back a seemingly forgotten CCHS tradition: the Sadie Hawkins dance. This specific dance was once a tradition in CCHS’ past, with the last one in 2017, sponsored by the Class of 2018.
The Sadie’s dance is a twist on typical school dance protocol, as the girl asks the boy to go with her. Although this is one of the Sadie Hawkins dance’s unique characteristics, the CCHS planning association isn’t conforming to just this one idea.
“This dance is completely open to everyone,” Class of 2021 Historian Chloe Silver said. “You can go with whoever you want; you can ask a girl, you can ask a guy or you can ask your friends to go with you. You don’t even need to go with someone. We want everyone to be welcomed and have fun.”
“You can go with whoever you want; you can ask a girl, you can ask a guy or you can ask your friends to go with you.”
Although the typical Sadie’s dance also has a western theme, the CCHS officers are accepting suggestions in order to cater to the entire student population. As with planning any significant school event like this, many ideas are thrown around, and the officers are open-minded to all.
“We were thinking that [a western theme] would be a fun theme just because we’re the Cowboys,” Silver said. “But if not, we are coming up with other ones like maybe a luau or a Spring Break theme. We are open to suggestions.”
In order to take the opinions of the students fully into account, the officers and sponsors are using various methods such as polls, media posts and planning meetings. In fact, the first planning meeting for the dance was on January 15.
“We are using social media— we have over 300 followers on Instagram and Twitter— to get [the students’] input and create a buzz and energy for [the dance],” Class of 2021 sponsor Nicole Hicks said. “We want students to be excited about it. Six officers were elected by their peers, but you also have to make sure that everyone in the class is represented and has a voice.”
“I hope people will take away great memories and will want to come and support more events our class or any class puts on.”
The Class of 2021 decided to sponsor this event to start raising money for future class events. For the most part, this would include senior activities, like prom.
“The senior class has a main fundraiser: the Halloween Horror Nights fundraiser,” Silver said. “So, we wanted to come up with a traditional fundraiser that would be ours and that we could continue to do until we are seniors in order to raise money for our prom, senior breakfast and stuff like that.”
Currently, the class sponsors and officers have planned for the dance to take place on March 16, 2019 in the CCHS cafeteria, and tickets will be $25. They anticipate that the event will be exciting, while also being a productive fundraiser and catering to the requests of the masses.
“I honestly believe that the student body will react in a positive and welcoming way because everyone likes to have a fun, relaxing night,” Class of 2021 Vice President Katarina Esquivel said. “If anything, I hope people will take away great memories and will want to come and support more events our class or any class puts on.”
Photo by Kayla Florenco