Honor society makes several changes to annual school dance, leaders look forward to event

Anna Wonderlich, Co-Editor

The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) has scheduled the SWITCH dance on Friday, Nov. 30, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Commons.
NAHS co-president senior Katie Campbell said they decided to shorten the time so everyone will stay entertained the whole night.
“We feel like people don’t usually want to start dancing until a little later, so we thought we’d make the start time a little later,” she said. “SWITCH is really just a big dance-fest, so people get tired really quickly, and then they start to stagger off and leave, so we thought we’d shorten it a bit.”
The $5 ticket to get into the dance goes toward future NAHS projects, such as the Raku party in the spring.
Unlike previous SWITCH dances, a new activity will replace the former lounge in the senior lunchroom.
“We’re pretty excited about it, and it will be a lot of fun,” Campbell said. “We hope people will get kind of wild with it. The activity will be more art-based — it has to do with paint. So, there’s a little bit more of our ‘art-honor’ influence in that. It’s not a secret, but I’m pumped for it, and I don’t want to give it away too early.”
Campbell said SWITCH is unlike any other school dance.
“[SWITCH] became one most fun dances to go to because it doesn’t cost too much and you don’t have to get all dressed up or go out to dinner,” she said. “It’s really easy to just come and have a lot of fun.”
Campbell said students can wear anything they want — the crazier, the better — but duct-taped tank tops or clothing that’s extremely tight or revealing is not allowed.
She said she highly encourages students to participate in the fashion show at the dance.
If interested, talk to Campbell or the other NAHS leaders, seniors Madison Kreamer, Gracie Gallagher or Becky Winegarner.
“The fashion show will be great this year,” she said. “We’ve got a committee working on it, so it’ll be fun. We just need to make sure people come out and do it. The fashion show is as good as the people involved in it, so we hope to have a lot of participants in it this year. We’ll have sign-up sheets around the school and posters to make sure that people know what’s going on.”
All of the NAHS members are involved in SWITCH in some way.
“SWITCH is our biggest [event], so we have the entire society involved in putting it up, breaking it down and bringing things in to make it an even better dance,” she said. “We started talking about it as soon as the school year started. We officially got the date about a month or so ago, so we start really early on SWITCH. It’s really important to us, and we just want a lot of kids to have fun.”
Campbell said there are still many plans to be made before the dance.
“We’ve been meeting a lot lately, getting everything finalized,” she said. “We have to find the [disc jockey]. We have to get glow sticks, and we have to contact [Student Council] to get some of their decorations. [We’re] basically just making sure we do as much as we can to make it as much fun as possible.”
Campbell said her favorite part of SWITCH is seeing everyone have fun.
“I really like how everybody has a really good time, and everybody gets along, and it’s just a huge, fun party where no one’s really separated or anything,” she said. “Everyone can have fun doing the same thing. No one cares about the way you’re looking or what you’re doing — everybody’s being goofy and having a great time. It’s a chance for you to really get out of your shell.”