HARRISON, N.Y. The music blared and the disco lights flashed as the Harrison High School gymnasium looked like a nightclub rather than a school for the annual winter formal dance.
We try to promote the event for every grade in our school, said senior Emily Chestler, who helped organize the event as part of the high schools Student Government Executive Board (SGEB). A lot of people who are turned off from school dances who come, give us positive feedback later.
Senior Rob Tiburzi, also a member of the SGEB, said that the dance is meant to help school spirit. The school also hosts a more casual homecoming dance in the beginning of the year. For the winter formal, students wear black and white suits or dresses.
This dance has worked out real well, said senior and SGEB member Emma Shapiro. We brought in a lot more decorations than last year and incorporated a more specific theme.
Senior and SGEB member Rachel Hurvitz wants to set an example for students in the lower grades who will take over the event when the class of 2012 graduates. She said that the purpose of the dance is to create lifelong memories so when she and her classmates look back on it, theyll be able to laugh and reminisce about their time in high school.
We want to leave our senior year with a bang, Hurvitz said.
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