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At the Sadie Hawkins dance, Tia Campbell (10), Victoria Hutchison (11), Mercedes Shank (11), Kristin Embly (11), and Jade Hornbaker (11) enjoy their time together.

It has always been a tradition for the boy to ask the girl to the dance. However, modern times have proved to change this tradition, now it is has become common for a girl to ask a guy. It hasn’t always been this way, but a chance could arise for a girl if there was a “Sadie Hawkins Dance.” A Sadie Hawkins Dance is designed for a girl to ask the guy to the dance, but Sadie Hawkins was not originally a dance.


According to Sporcle’s blog article, Sadie Hawkins is a character from, Li’l Abner, a comic strip during the Great Depression. Sadie Hawkins was a young adult, in a fictional town called Dogpatch. Sadie was having trouble finding a husband, so her father held a race for marriage prospects. The men would run and whoever Sadie could catch would become her future husband.


This comic interested many women who did not want to marry traditionally, and choose their own husband. The comic strip features Sadie Hawkins in 1937 and the first Sadie Hawkins dance in 1938 at the University of Tennessee.

Dancing to a slow song, Chelsea Wareham (11) and Dean King (10) smile as they talk to one another.

Since it was the final Student Council-hosted dance of the year, dance chairs Kristin Embly (11) and Shaelyn Kaiser (11) decided they wanted to do something different than past years, a Sadie Hawkins Dance.


“As a dance chair you want to make each dance different and have one aspect that makes it stand out so people will want to come,” Embly said.


Embly and Kaiser then had to choose a theme for the dance to base decorations around, as well as the time of year.


“We chose Paris as the theme, because you think of love and happiness when you think of Paris,” Embly said.


It is not easy for Student Council to have a dance; it requires months of planning, making and buying decorations, creating posters, decorating the cafeteria, as well as finding chaperones.


“My favorite part about preparing for the dance is the design concept. I love to make decorations, and place them in certain areas I think will work,” Embly said. “I’ve always loved to design layout and decorations”.


Embly and Kaiser kept other students’ suggestions in mind while they were planning the dance.

“Lots of students love the idea of a Sadie Hawkins Dance,” Embly said. “We have also gotten a lot of positive feedback for the theme, as well as having food at this dance.”

Enjoying the music Erin Copenhaver (12), Izabella Fuller (10) and Samantha Mumper (11) dance and sing to the music.

Student Council planned to make it one of the best nights ever for the students, carefully planning everything from the DJ to the decorations.


“Over all, the dance went really smooth,” Student Council member, Tia Campbell (10) said. “We had a lot more people attend than we thought we were going to have.”


The Sadie Hawkins Dance took place February 10 and the student body danced the night away under the red gossamer hung from the cafeteria ceiling, with the ladies having first choice of their dates.

A Direction Towards FCCTC


Megan Rummel

Elena McNulty, 10, and Tia Campbell, 10, are two students who attend FCCTC.

At school, you learn the basic subjects: Math, Science, History, English. There are some subjects that students excel in. These subjects may or may not play a role in students’ careers. There are many opportunities given to students that allows them to choose the right classes for their career. Franklin County Career and Technology Center, also known as Career Tech or FCCTC, offers classes that help students prepare for their future occupation.


Career Tech is considered a communal school that offers undergraduates a ‘hands-on experience’ through a specific line of work that students are interested in, such as nursing, veterinary assisting, cosmetology, and mechanics. Students from six different school districts attend, Tuscarora being one of them. This opportunity is offered to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Elena McNulty, 10, and Tia Campbell, 10, decided to apply for Career Tech.


During their freshman year, McNulty and Campbell talked to their guidance counselors about applying for Career Tech. They first heard of this opportunity from meetings that were held at school. There is an open house that takes place in November which students can attend to see what  is offered from Career Tech. If students are interested, they have to go through a small process first.


“Students have to fill out a form online through the Career Tech website,” guidance counselor Mrs. Brenda Ford (Faculty) said.


“Once students fill out their online application, the Career Center will make a list of students who have applied.” Ford said.


The process does not end with just an application, though.


“Students will then have to have an interview with one of the representatives from Career Tech,” said Ford.


“During the interview, they will ask a couple of questions and, by the end of the interview, the student will know whether or not they have been accepted into their program.” Ford said.


During the interview process, both McNulty and Campbell were a little anxious. They did not know how their interview would go, but were relieved to know their ending results.


“I was not expecting the interview to go the way it did,” Campbell said. “I only had to answer two questions and then I was told that I was accepted.”


McNulty and Campbell were both excited to be a part of the Career Tech community. They wanted to be better prepared for the future that awaits them.


“I have always wanted to be a nurse,” McNulty said. “Career Tech gives me a head start on the career I want.”


“I am studying to be a nursing assistant,” explained Campbell. “The Allied Health Shop at Career Tech helps me out tremendously.”


There are quite a number of students who attend Career Tech, which allows them to be in a well-rounded atmosphere.


Career Tech is diverse compared to James Buchanan. Everyone is pretty nice and it’s just a really good environment.”

— Elena McNulty


“The one thing that I like most about Career Tech are the people,” Campbell explained.


“They are very likeable and easy to get along with. The teachers try to answer questions as best as they can. They are really helpful in the way they teach us.” said Campbell.


Like any typical school, there is work that students have to accomplish. They have a lot of studying to do and students have to keep up with every assignment given.


“I am not in favor of having a lot of work being assigned, but it’s one of the many challenges, which is my favorite part about Career Tech,” McNulty explains.


“I like a challenge every once in awhile. The way we learn our materials is different because it is more workshop and application than just reading from a textbook.” said McNulty.


“I normally stay up late to study for tests the next day,” Campbell said.


One thing that I would advise students is that you study the materials and always listen to your teachers. You will not pass without studying.”

— Tia Campbell


The Career center promotes lifelong learning and prepares students who may need a secondary education. Their goal is to further help undergraduates achieve new knowledge in their field of study. Students use hard work ethics and dedication to help themselves in the long run of their education.


More information is available through the FCCTC website at

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