Art by Sam Haney
Story by Chloe Finn
The Sophomore Executive Council discusses final preparations for the Winter Ball around the table, as 2022 class president Levi Harrington, writes down what they need. Linens and napkins. The conversation then moves to the number of tickets sold and the number of glow sticks needed for the occasion.
The Winter Ball is the first school dance that has been held for FC students that is not a prom or senior dinner dance, and it is the first that freshmen and sophomores will be able to go to.
“I was talking to my dad, and he had some people at work who were thinking about how much fun they had with their dances in high school. It made me think ‘Wow, I wonder if we have one,’ and it turns out we didn’t. I thought it’d be really cool,” said Harrington.
Sophomore Reece Ausmus, treasurer, said that the dance will be an exciting event for the school and an opportunity for freshmen and sophomores to participate.
“I was pretty excited that we were going to have something for freshmen and sophomores, because the juniors and seniors have prom, but the underclassmen have never really had a dance before,” said Ausmus.
Sophomore Kendall Schindler said that the ticket sales have gone much better than she had anticipated, showing the student body’s excitement.
“I’m pretty surprised by the ticket sales. We’re targeting probably 400, which is amazing, because originally our goal was 200 to get our money back,” said Schindler.
Sophomore vice president Ella Doddridge said that she is not surprised that students are looking forward to the ball.
“We anticipated that a lot of people were going to be excited, because a lot of schools have different dances, and we only have prom and senior dinner dance, so it was good to bring something for the freshmen and sophomores to enjoy,” said Doddridge.
Despite the hard work and enthusiasm that the Executive Council has put into the Winter Ball, not everything has gone according to plan.
“There’s been a lot of meetings where it’s just kind of back and forth. There was a period of time where we couldn’t decide, and a bunch of ideas got thrown out. Once we came together on one idea, we kind of got set in motion,” said Ausmus.
Harrington agreed with Ausmus, and said that the work the Executive Council has put in has helped them power through.
“We’re coming together well. We just all express our ideas of things and how we want to do them, and we come to an agreement on what we should do and talk to other people. We’ve run into some challenges where it lasted a couple weeks while we tried to make a decision, but overall, things are going smoothly,” said Harrington.
While they certainly had their fair share of problems that came with planning the dance, Doddridge said they were able to overcome those obstacles and begin putting their plans into motion.
“For a while we were in a space where we couldn’t figure out what we wanted. We had a lot of ideas, but we couldn’t put them into what we wanted going on that night. With the help of the faculty, we were able to straighten it all out, and by December we were able to start ordering tickets and wristbands and were ready to start selling,” said Doddridge.
Schindler said that when she was faced with a problem, she sought advice from those around her, such as math teacher Samantha Poindexter, who runs student council.
“When we hit an obstacle I talked to my mom about it, because she is the PTO president and she has done a lot of these kinds. So I talked to her about it, or I’ve gone to Mrs. Poindexter or talked to the rest of the executives,” said Schindler.
The Executive Council was not alone in arranging all of the details of the ball. The PTO donated 1000 dollars to the dance, and the FC faculty, while not playing a major part in planning, has helped to guide the Council through their problems.
“Sophomore Exec are the ones planning the dance, so we are on the Winter Ball committee. It’s the four of us, and we are the ones doing all the decision making. Other than us, it’s just the faculty and staff who are helping us, and we’re really thankful for them. We wouldn’t be where we are without them,” said Harrington.
Doddridge also appreciates the work the faculty, such as principal Rob Willman, has done in helping the Executive Council with decisions and planning.
“The faculty has definitely been very helpful. We’ve had a meeting about once a month with a couple teachers and Dr. Willman, and they help get our ideas along and make sure we’re on the right path, so we can succeed at our first year of doing the Winter Ball,” said Doddridge.
Ausmus said that the most fulfilling part of creating and planning the dance will be attending the dance itself.
“My favorite part is probably the idea of going to the dance and getting to know that that’s what I spent my time working on, knowing that I was a part of making all this happen,” said Ausmus.
The Winter Ball was not always the plan when it was first brought to light, Harrington said.
“It originally started as the idea of a homecoming dance, but being so far away from the date of the actual basketball homecoming it was kind of hard to relate them, so we just decided to do [the] Winter Ball so it was totally separate from homecoming,” said Harrington.
Schindler said that if they have another dance next year, it would be closer to the homecoming game and be a homecoming dance.
“I would definitely like to have another one. I think we are going to do something different. It was originally going to be a homecoming dance, but we couldn’t because it’s three weeks away from the homecoming game. Next year it will be a homecoming dance in the fall, not winter,” said Schindler.
Doddridge concludes that creating memories is her favorite part of planning the dance, and that is why she would like to do it again.
Doddridge said, “I like doing something that’s important to the school, help kids find something that they might be interested in going to and making those high school memories so that people come together.”
The Winter Ball will be held in the FC front rotunda from 8 to 11 p.m.