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Senior Send-Off Dance

Brody Crone
Listening to a class discussion during a Student Council meeting, Alana Mickley (10), Lilly Garbinski (10), and Peyton Saunders (10) consider whether the Senior Send-off Dance should be held indoors or outdoors.

Hosting one final dance after prom, Student Council organizes the Senior Send-off Dance to bid a farewell to the graduates. Once a tradition, the Senior Send-Off Dance has not been arranged for multiple years nor been attended by any student currently attending James Buchanan.

“It’s essentially a dance at the end of the year to give another opportunity to the underclassmen to dress up,” Student Council historian Rylee McKee (12) said. “We’re calling it the ‘Senior Send-off Dance’ but it’s open to everybody.”

Prom, a more formal and exclusive event, only allows juniors and seniors to attend initially. However, the Senior Send-off Dance will be a more casual occasion open to all grades.

“This dance will be at the end of the year, and we don’t normally have a dance then, especially for underclassmen,” Student Council member Lainey McCulloh (10) said. “It will also be warmer then.”

Sparking debates subsequent to the decision to throw a dance during the warmer months, students considered whether to wear formal attire or to make it more casual; some mentioning the Outer Banks style as inspiration.

“We wanted to make it less informal and definitely more Outer Banks-y,” Student Council treasurer Edie Ellis (12) said.

As well as debating over the style, students also contemplated where the dance should take place.

“The majority of people wanted it to be outside, so we’re going to do it outside,” McKee said.

Using a survey to decide, students were sent an email from Mrs. Ann Fitz (staff) to choose if this dance should be held in the cafeteria or outside in the back courtyard. An overwhelming majority voted for the outside option.

“They’ve had these kinds of dances before, but people stopped showing up so they were canceled,” McKee said. “No one who’s currently in the school has been able to experience one so we decided to bring it back and see how it goes. If it works out, I’m sure they’ll do it again.”

As a senior, McKee will only be able to attend one Senior Send-off Dance since Student Council has not thrown one in a while. The cornerstone and entire purpose for the dance, McKee, along with the rest of her graduating class, will be celebrated at the dance as a final goodbye. 

“Being with many seniors through all of the sports that I play and being able to give them a final farewell helps me cope with them leaving,” Kimber Yeager (10) said.

While the spotlight of this dance will shine on those leaving at the end of the year, the Senior Send-off Dance also helps underclassmen as some of their closest friends move on from high school into adulthood.





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Brody Crone
Brody Crone, Staff Writer
Written by Kimber Yeager   Bringing lots of charisma and kindness to the Journalism staff, Brody Crone begins his first year in Journalism. Crone joined the yearbook staff because he was interested in Photography. He was also in the Yearbook Club during middle school and really enjoyed it. His favorite thing about journalism is that he can talk to people he wouldn't normally be comfortable talking to, and putting himself out there more. Yearbook is also Crone’s favorite class;, he likes it because it gives him a lot of creative freedom.  Crone talked about how he spends much of his time focusing on school and working towards his future. He discussed that when he is out of high school he hopes to pursue a career in real estate or interior design. Crone’s favorite pastime is spending time with his family and friends, especially his mom. Crone’s mom is his role model because “she is very caring and kind, and that's something I look up to.” he said when asked why his mom is his role model. Crone has a strong and efficient work ethic and enjoys being pushed to see what he can do. Crone is a great new addition to the Yearbook staff, and he will accomplish great things. 
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