Between 7th and 8th period on Friday, February 3rd, Mrs. Cahill announced that the King of Hearts Dance was cancelled. Most students held a similar reaction.

Senior Justin Bellotti said, “It’s not always fun anyways, and they say they try to make it fun but they don’t. All of the ideas about making it fun aren’t fun. If they just did a normal dance in the gym with good music and not as many rules I think more people would want to go.”

“…I’m not surprised.” agreed senior Kayla Barzen. “No one really goes to that dance anyway.”

The viewpoint was similar through 11th, 10th and 9th grade students interviewed as well.

“…last year wasn’t a big hit at all and nobody spoke positively of it this year,” said sophomore Jonah Brant.

Freshman Michael Blazer was suprised, but only because “I didn’t even know it {the dance} even happened.”

As of today, only two tickets were sold and the goal was
to sell forty by the end of the school day.

Student council sponsor Mrs. Sara Studt-Szalkuski said she didn’t want to make students hold a dance they didn’t want, as an online poll was offered to the student body and only 79 students responded, mostly with negative comments asking to shorten the length, change the time and location.

“All 3 items were asked and accomplished by us… ” said Studt-Szalkuski, “shorten the length of the dance, change the location, and change the time. Also, students asked us to secure Tyler Boothby as the DJ, and we did.”

“Historically the dance didn’t make money and attendance has been going down for five years,” said Szalkuski, who also cited safety reasons for the limits of student entry and exit to the dance in prior years.

Earlier conflicts included hiring a DJ or having live music, both a challenge considering the limited budget for student council.

Szalkuski wanted to publicly thank a few students for their efforts, particularly senior Tyler Boothby for offering to DJ and lowering his asking price and senior Germaile Harrison offering to bake cookies for the dance for free as his senior project. Kierstin Coker made a mix of songs and she and Sarah Ward were stationed at lunches for two weeks attempting to sell tickets.

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