By Sabina Padilla,
If you walked into C-4 after fourth period, you would see members of student government in the dance committee lingering behind to discuss what needs to be done in time for the Winter Ball on Dec. 6.
Planning for Winter Ball began as early as the beginning of October, when student government sent ballots to classes so students could decide on one of the three themes for the Ball.
“The school was very decisive about the theme; Yule Ball won by a landslide, so there was not much controversy there,” said head coordinator of the Ball junior Teddy Knox.
In the past years, the budget has been between $5000-$7,000, according to student government adviser Eric Morgan. However, according Knox, this year has been estimated to only cost $2,500-$3,000.
“The hardest decision to make when it comes to budget would probably be finding a good DJ,” Morgan said. “You know a bad DJ can ruin a dance really fast.”
Keeping in mind the entertainment budget, the committee also has to decide ticket prices.
“[…] Making it affordable [without] breaking the bank [is difficult],” Morgan said.
While Morgan is preoccupied with concerns over budget and pricing, Knox keeps in mind the remaining pieces in order to assure that all will run smoothly.
“I think the hardest part of planning Winter Ball will be making sure that every little detail is in place. Winter Ball is a huge project with a lot of parts that have to come together perfectly if it is going to run smoothly, so I think our biggest challenge in planning it will be ensuring that all those parts do actually come together,” Knox said.
Both Knox and Morgan agree that setup is one of the best parts about the preparations.
“The whole class is there and we’ve got music and decorations and it’s just a whole lot of fun,” Morgan said.
Seeing the North Gym transform from a basketball court to a Yule Ball wonderland in just a few hours is an incredible experience,” Knox said.