Students look forward to shopping for outfits and making plans with friends, in preparation for the annual WGHS and Kirkwood High Friendship Dance. Since 1939, the two rival schools have come together to celebrate the dance.
Tickets went on sale on Oct. 21, for $10 each in the Activities Office. The price will increase to $12 on Oct. 30, and then to $15 on Oct. 31, which is the day that the ticket sale will end. To purchase a ticket, students must have all their fines/fees paid. Ticket sales will not occur the night of the dance.
About the unique history of the event, Football Coach Cliff Ice said, “This is Webster’s homecoming, and no one really has homecoming with their rival.” This dance will mark Ice’s 21st year of being in charge.
Each year the host of the dance switches; this year, the dance is at WGHS on Nov. 2, from 8-11 p.m. in Roberts Gym.
Each school sells 1,000 tickets; however, 50 outside tickets are also sold for students who want to bring someone from a different school to the dance. Outside guest tickets often sell the fastest.
WGHS enforces a semi-formal dress code for Friendship Dance that still leaves plenty of options for students to dress up in. The only head-coverings allowed are those meant for religious or medical purposes.
Every year, each school crowns a king and queen.
This year’s male Friendship Court Nominees are seniors Ray Wetzel-Meechan (Band), Jacobie Banks (Cheerleading), Ethan Weihl (ECHO), Cole Schnettgoecke (Football), Kameron Yancey (Football), Donell Robinson (Step) and Quinton Nehring (STUCO).
The female court nominees are seniors Lillian Ortinau (Band), Sanaa Reed (Cheerleading), Elise Keller (ECHO), Elizabeth Egley (Football), Jocelyn Woods (Football), Tanys Giles (Step) and Peyton St. James (STUCO).
About being nominated for Friendship Queen, St. James said, “I am excited and happy I get to represent a group as great as Student Council.”
Students voted for one male contestant and female contestant on Oct. 15, during sixth hour.
This is Zora Thomas’ first year on with Echo publications. She enjoys being involved with the school, and is looking forward to the rest of the year.