ROSE SOCIAL EVENTS
Fall fiesta turns into fiasco
BY MARTHA BENNETT NOVEMBER 25, 2014
When talks of school dances arise, seniors and juniors are mostly looking towards prom, but fall semi-formal seems to raise excitement for all grade levels. On Nov. 15, Rose held its first school dance of the year, Fall Fiesta.
Previously known as Fall Formal, Fall Fiesta added a new twist of a photo booth accompanied with fun props as well as a DJ that brought a new factor to the dance with lighting effects.
"I like the music the most," junior Mariah Freeman said during the early part of the evening. "This is the first time I've ever been to a high school dance and so far I'm enjoying myself."
Although everything seemed to be running smoothly for the formal, later in the evening technical difficulties with the sound system proved to dwindle out the evening for students despite attempts by Rose staff to keep the night alive.Spontaneous sing-alongs and chants raged throughout the short evening.
“We were having a lot of fun until the speakers blew out,” freshman Kaki Thorell said. “But me and my friends still had fun at after parties and stuff like that. It was still kind of disappointing though that we couldn’t have a whole dance.”
Besides the music dying out early, students also shared some common dislikes of the formal.A common complaint amongst many that night regardless of the chilling temperatures outside.
"It's really hot in here," freshman Michael Skahill said.
Students still enjoyed themselves even though the night didn't go exactly as planned.
"I've really liked being able to come here with my friends," Thorell said. "You get to be with everybody outside of school and are able to have a good time while dressing up."
For freshmen especially, first time formal-goers got to experience the traditions prior to the event such as shopping for dresses, taking pictures with friends, and asking that special someone.
"I asked her with a card," Skahill said. "I wrote 'Fall Formal?' and put it in her mailbox."
Fall Fiesta also encouraged students to come to more dances for the years ahead.
"This is my first school dance and I'm a junior," junior Graeme Strickland said. "I wish I would've gone to more beforehand, but I definitely want to to come to more now."
Whether it being the best party ever, or an event that wasn't quite up to par, Fall Fiesta and other semi-formals are always something the Rose student body looks forward to in spending time with friends and forgetting about the pressures of school for a while.
"It's about making the memories for me," Strickland said. "I feel like dances are important for everyone to have because you get to see the people you go to school with in a different environment and just try to have some fun."
For now, students will have to wait until spring semester to get their groove on again for the annual Sadie Hawkins, and for upperclassmen, prom. With high hopes though, Rose students are keeping an open mind and are anticipating the dances to come.
"What's not to love about dances?," Freeman said. "I feel like if you go through high school not going to prom, or something like this, you won't have any stories to tell or memories to have. That's why I think it's important to go."