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Senior Dinner Dance provides the chance to celebrate on Jan. 14

By Sophie Howie

On Jan. 14, seniors will have a night all to themselves to celebrate their four years of hard work at the Olmstead. After a sit-down dinner, they can dance the night away and take their minds off of the stresses of the first semester.

Faye Eades is one of many parents working on the plans for the Senior Dinner Dance. Eades said that after senior week was emitted, she thought of the idea as an alternative and offered it to principal Rob Willman. The rest is history.

“I do not have a student who is a senior this year. This was one of the events that seniors looked forward to and I was somewhat disappointed when students came over and saw a lack of opportunities for dances and schools events. When senior week was reduced, I had a few different ideas, and this was one of them.  He said that this might be a good option for that, and that this could be another event that seniors could look forward to,” said Eades.

Ever since, Eades has been working hard to help coordinate the big night. So far, they have decided on a basic plan of action and a menu for the dinner portion of the night. While some plans are set in stone, there are still ideas up in the air that she’s been helping make a decision on, so there is still plenty of work to be done.

“The plans are to arrive at 7, then we will have registration at that time, and after that we will sit down at round tables that seat ten students, and you all will be served a sit down dinner including bread, salad, soda, a chicken dish, a vegetarian option, and dessert. After dinner is over, there will be a time for dancing.”

Eades says that the reasoning behind the plans for a senior dinner dance became a much more desirable idea when the school’s 50th anniversary was taken into account as a prime year to start an annual event such as this one.

“I would love to get this to be a tradition. It is the fiftieth year of Floyd central, so it’s a great year to start a new tradition. This is going to be a fun night, it doesn’t require a date, and this is a complete meal and a great night of dancing.”

The recurring concern about dates was an important point for Eades to clear up. She says that while seniors are sure to bring dates along, it is by no means expected of them.

“Dates are not necessary. If you don’t want to take a date, we definitely still want groups of kids to come and enjoy the night together. This may be a misunderstanding.”

Another common misunderstanding is the dress code for the night. The dress is formal, but not as formal as a prom or homecoming would require. Eades says to think of it as your Sunday best, or senior presentation attire. She made a point of saying that this is not something where you have to go out and spend a lot of money, just look presentable and classy.

As the ticking clock gets us closer and closer to the senior dinner dance, Eades urges seniors to take a chance and sign up. Even if you do not typically go to these events, she says that it’s well worth it due to the memories seniors are sure to make.

“It is an opportunity that all of you will be together as seniors,” said Eades. Everybody is so busy that it is harder and harder to get together and these are the kids you’ve been with since elementary school. You have a semester left, and hopefully this is something you can look back on and remember.

“Take the chance to come this night. Don’t overthink it, don’t think it’s this grandiose thing where you won’t fit in. It is just a fun night to be together and enjoy classmates and have a great time.”


Dazzlers prepare for National Championships in Orlando, Florida

By Ashton Beck

In 2003, the Dazzlers began their consecutive wins at the UDA National Championship in Orlando, Florida. All the way to 2011, they won in the Pom division, but in 2012 it was the first time they double-titled in both pom and hip-hop.

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Dazzlers already preparing for nationals in the spring

By Sidney Reynolds

Yells of encouragement ring throughout the gym as the Dazzlers start practicing their routine.

“We go over our routine a lot and I ask my teammates to watch.If they see something is wrong, they tell me how I can correct it,” said sophomore Kayleigh Brewer.

At practice it is common for the Dazzlers to support each other not only to make adancer better  but also to make the entire team stronger. To have a strong team everyone on it must be supportive of each other. It helps make the performance better and more enjoyable for the entire team.

For the Dazzlers, dancing helps them in more ways than just getting fit and having a hobby. “Dazzling is more than just dance. It teaches you life lessons. Also, you make friends you can hangout with outside of practice,” said senior Brooke Lentz.

The Dazzlers have been working hard to make sure their routine is perfect this year for nationals in  February. They have a year round season with practices four times a week for two and half hours long.

 “Practices are long and hard but are completely 100 percent worth it at the end of the day,” said sophomore Coral Portman.

Nationals are their biggest competition and is held in Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The Dazzlers will be there foran entire week.That is much longer than their normal competitions, which generally last around six hours.

“This early in the seasonwe are looking good, but we have to work todo before nationalsin February,” said Lentz.

 The Dazzlers have won in Orlando from 2003 to 2012. Last year they doubled titled in varsity pom and hip- hop at nationals.

“I don’t go into the season expecting to win nationals because I don’t want the girls to just think they will win every year. I want them to go into the season giving a 100 percent plus an extra 20 percent to be better then last year,” said coach Todd Sharp.

 This year the team is training to have an 11th consecutive win.We had done what present Dazzlers, past Dazzlers, and Todd had pushed us for, our 10th consecutivewin in varsity pom,” said senior Regan Wimsatt.

They still have a while until nationals, but they will train for it at practices and performing at football games.  They also have many competitions between now and then they use to prepare for nationals. Their next performance is during halftime at the home game tonight. 

 “I can’t image dancing for anyone else because when we go to a competition I see the ways the other teams look at us and I am so proud to be a Floyd Central Dazzler,” said Portman.