After arriving at the Winter Dance Saturday, Feb. 8, seniors Tessa Kreikemeier and Drew Cuba pay $1 for a bag to store their belongings in while they dance. Donna Roder, a regular parent volunteer at MHS, writes the bag number on Kreikemeier’s hand. This was Kreikemeier’s fourth time attending the winter dance hosted by MACC and Cuba’s third. “Some people don’t like it because they like Homecoming or Prom, but I like it because I like dancing so I think it’s a fun time,” Cuba said.
Tossing her ticket into the upperclassmen basket, Kaliah Rodgers, senior, enters the raffle to earn a free Prom ticket. As an officer of MACC, Rodgers said planning for the dance began in September and set up for the Winter Wonderland theme, which was voted for over Glow Out, took three hours on Saturday. “Maybe next year we will have a bigger turnout,” Rodgers said. “We changed it from Turnabout to Winter Dance this year because some people thought they had to ask a boy if they were a girl, but hopefully that doesn’t keep people from coming.”
Brayden Haas, senior, dances in what he calls his “math stuff” including a Pi tie and socks with equations on them. Haas said that while he unfortunately can’t sing he enjoys dancing. “Dancing is the ultimate expression of how you feel, so you get to express yourself on the floor,” Haas said.
Taylor Morgan, junior, takes a picture of Aliyah Edwards, junior, who helped decorate the Commons for the dance. Edwards said she enjoys school dances because they allow you to be part of the school spirit.
Surrounded by her friends, Carrie Lunte, sophomore, dances to “Magic” by B.o.B. Lunte attended the dance last year as well. “I kind of wish there were more people, but it’s pretty good to hang out with friends,” Lunte said.
Juniors Natalie Anderson and AJ Burger dance together. Anderson has attended the dance every year since her freshman year and prefers it to Homecoming because she said there are always fewer people and better music. “I just go because she goes,” Burger said.