Not too many cowboys at Sadies

Marilyn Ramirez, Copy Editor/Co-Editor-in-Chief

Cowboys and cowgirls of all grade levels gathered into the gymnasium for a renewed Sadie Hawkins dance on Mar. 23 from 8-11pm, which was hosted by the senior class. For this particular juncture, the tables turned on the girls who felt the pressure that males typically did when it comes to asking someone for a date. For the weeks leading up to the event, girls were frantically planning unique and silly ways to ask their special someone to Sadie’s.

Meghan Nevarez, 11, asked her boyfriend, Fabian Mendoza, 11, by using notes and messages on water polo balls.

“In my first period, my teacher gave me a water polo ball that had ‘Sad’ written on it,” Mendoza said. “Then at snack, my friend gave me another ball that spelled out ‘ies.’ In my fifth period, my teacher gave me a ball with a question mark and a note. At the end of the day, she [Nevarez] was outside with her friend and they were each holding a sign. One said ‘Yes’ and Meghan had the other that said ‘Heck Yes!’ I obviously chose hers and hugged her.”

With originality in mind, some girls went to public extremes. Putting up posters in the boys’ classrooms and outside school, leaving the question on the announcement boards on campus, and even at sporting events were some of the methods used to ask their boyfriends or friends to Sadies. One such lucky student was Aileen Hernandez, 11, who asked Comedy Sportz athlete Javier Navarro, 11, at the end of his match.

Once it was finally settled at who would be attending the dance, students made their way into the gymnasium wearing a mixture of flannels, cowboy boots, and denim skirts. Although restricted to a small cluster of dancers in the middle of the court, even an hour after the event had begun, couples were also spotted along the bleachers, switching off between the dance floor and a few moments to themselves.

However, the crowd was limited; a lacrosse match was taking place the same night so many had either decided to skip the juncture or come late, and it was the opening night of the long-awaited film, The Hunger Games.

Nevertheless, the senior class strived to push this event forward and provide a petting zoo to lure in  the students in the gymnasium. Eco Club gave couples a chance to show how much they knew about their dates by Partner Pair-Up, a game that questions each individual from two pairs on their cowboy or cowgirl partner’s favorite meal, color, movie, etc.

“Don’t worry, guys,” Samantha Delgado, 12, said. “This game is supposed to be hard!”

Food and drinks were not far away while the freshman class held a station with baked goods and two trucks offered hot dogs and slushies. The outdoor section of the event was enjoyed more by a majority of attendees; the dance was a success regardless of the low level of participants.