On Friday, Sept. 20, freshmen and sophomores gathered in the Mead Dining Hall for a classic tradition—the Prefect Dance—in which the 12 senior prefects hosted incoming freshmen, welcoming them to the start of the school year.
This year, Form 3 Dean Danielle Hoff left it up to the prefects if they wanted to do a dance or some other activity, and everyone unanimously was eager to organize a dance. “The dance has been a Form 3 tradition, and inviting Form 4 has started to become one too,” Ms. Hoff said. The prefects decorated the dining hall with white streamers and balloons. The Parent Association helped with snacks and water bottles. The DJ was hired from Entertainment Unlimited, a company KO uses for their school dances.
Ms. Hoff said that the importance of the dance was so freshmen could experience a high school dance and have a way to socialize. “It is a good way to prepare for homecoming dances and other dances, and allows them to meet some other kids,” she said. Dean of Students Will Gilyard said he agreed that the dance is a momentous occasion for the freshman class. “It is an opportunity to come together, have a good time, and have some fun,” he said.
In deciding the theme for the dance, the prefects had some choices. “So we were bouncing around a couple of ideas and we did a poll with our advisees. It was between decades and white-out,” Senior Prefect Jenna Blocher said. Ultimately, the prefects collectively decided to have a white-out theme. “We tried to take into consideration what students would find interesting and was not too difficult to achieve,” Head Prefect Juanita Asapokhai said. “We wanted to make sure getting an outfit would not be a reason a student chose not to attend a dance.”
Juanita said that the dance brought back memories from her freshman year. “My freshman dance was the best dance I have been to, and it was fun because you are getting to know everyone around you,” she said. “The freshman dance is the first opportunity for freshmen to get together in a purely social environment, fun and carefree engagement.”
Jenna said she agreed that it was a great time. “I was so happy to be back there again as a prefect,” she said. “It gave me an opportunity to bond more with my advisees and my fellow prefects.”
The freshmen seemed to enjoy the event as well. “The dance was really fun and it definitely was a night that I will always remember,” freshman Abigail Baier said. Freshman Hailey Williams said that she had a splendid time. “I would highly recommend the next one to all the incoming freshmen,” she said. When asked about the night, freshman Eli Brandt said he agreed that it was a fun one. “Though it was a little hot, the dance was a good way to hang out with friends to kick off freshman year,” he said.
According to freshman Eve Repp, the dance had its pros and cons. “I thought the dance, even though crowded, was super fun and a good experience to have for the start of freshman year.” For freshman Lucia Castro, the dance surpassed her expectations. “It was so much more fun and entertaining than I thought it would be, and it was a great way to socialize,” she said.
Freshman Quinn Kearney said that the energy in the room felt electric. “The DJ did a great job with the songs, and overall the dance was fire,” she said. Other prefects said they agreed that the dance was a success. “It was a great way for freshmen to get to know each other better,” senior Marwynn Somridhivej said. “It was also good that we’ve invited Form 4 to get to know their fellow underclassmen.”
Senior Alyssa Pilecki said she agreed that it was a fun and memorable night. “The dance serves as a way for the incoming freshman to be officially introduced to the community here at KO,” she said.