The clock strikes 11:30 p.m. The biggest, baddest, brightest event of the year filled with great music and dancing has just ended. What is this event you ask? The school’s second annual neon themed dance, strangely enough, titled Midnight Madness.
Midnight Madness is a school rave that took place on Feb.15 from 9 to 11:30 p.m. in the lower gym. The glow-in-the dark dance, sponsored by the SGA, asked participants to wear white and neon to fit in with the theme. Tickets to the rave were $10 and all proceeds went to the American Heart Association.
When students walked into the lower gym they were greeted with bright neon lights, decorations all around the walls, students dancing, and the loud, bumping music from the DJ.
Senior Ryan Amir was the DJ of the event both years and compared the two raves. “Last year’s turnout was much better, but I feel as if this year was much more fun and the students were more involved with the dance. Overall it was a great night and it all supported a great cause,” Amir said.
Sophomore Emily Marshall attended both of the dances but feels that last year’s was better. “More people showed up last year and it made it more fun. It was ok this year though. It was definitely better promoted,” Marshall said.
Freshman Shelby Cantor also went to the dance and enjoyed her experience going to Midnight Madness for the first time. “I went to have fun with my friends and I did because I like dancing. It could have been way more fun though if more people went,” Cantor said.
SGA member Amy Kraft explained the dance. “A lot of people ask us why the dance does not go until midnight but there’s a reason for that. The school requires everyone to leave the building by 12 a.m. so we ended the dance at 11:30 p.m. to give us some time to clean up. There are also driving restrictions for people with their license. Provisional license students are not legally allowed to be driving after midnight,” Kraft said.
Kraft said the intentions of the SGA were to get as many students as they can to come when planning the rave. “We wanted to do something fun for the school during the winter because there isn’t a lot going on and we wanted something to get the lack of spirit going, But it could only be fun if students just show up. They have to forget that it’s a school dance because it’ll be a good time if you come with friends. If you look at Walter Johnson’s version, everyone has so much fun because people actually come. Hopefully next year it’ll improve,” Kraft said.