High schools make history with separate dances

Ava Musgraves
Print Editor

Jackson Parks

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FACS teacher Lauren Maedge crowns Webster Groves’ Friendship Queen, Lilly Ortinau, at the annual Kirkwood-Webster Friendship Dance at Webster Groves High School Nov. 2, 2019. Photo by Lindsey Bennett

For the first time in history, Kirkwood and Webster High Schools will hold the “Friendship” dance separately.

WGHS’ “Friendship” dance will be Saturday, Oct. 9, from 7-9 pm. In case of inclement weather, the dance would be scheduled for Oct. 23.

Since 1938, the two high schools have held the tradition of coming together before the Turkey Day game, which has also been a standing event since 1907. Last year was the first year that the events had not occurred since their origination, with the overarching concerns of the pandemic to social events.

To allow the events to take place this year, adjustments to the tradition had to be made. WGHS has decided to hold its dance in the school courtyard with masks required to ensure safety, as well as pushing the date of the dance up almost a month in advance. Only WGHS students will be able to attend, so no outside guests are allowed this year.

Another change Webster has implemented this year reflects on the Friendship Court. In past years, a king and queen have been chosen from a group of nominees representing both schools; the nominees belong to various clubs from each school that are involved in making Turkey Day happen.

Webster admins have deemed the court “Webster Royals.” One nominee from the senior class is selected from each group, regardless of gender. Administration has asked that the students in each group nominate a representative with a blind ballot that provides the “candidate they best feel represents the pride of Webster Groves High School and Friendship Tradition” (via email).

The nominees for Webster Royals are seniors Victoria Proffer, Myah King, Ezekiel La Mantia, Emma Forsee, Avery Terri, Sadie Moore, Hugh Wade, Gabriel Fisher, Jillian Sanders and William Roberts.

See also: Poll: What color are you wearing to Friendship Dance?

Ava Musgraves – Print Editor

This will be Ava Musgraves’ first year on ECHO staff, but she made several contributions while taking journalism class her sophomore year.

Jackson Parks – Editor-in-Chief

This will be Jackson Parks’ first year on ECHO staff, but he made several contributions while taking journalism class his sophomore year.

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