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A night to remember

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Clara Binstock
Under the LED spotlights on the dance floor at LHS, Statesman staff members Ellen Merkley, Hazel Hughes, Clara Binstock and I took a selfie during the last high school formal for three out of four of us.

Dec. 2, formal night, a highly anticipated event on the high school calendar, unfolded in all its glory last Saturday at LHS. The auxiliary gym was transformed into the dance floor that set the stage for a night of glamor, dancing and memories that will last a lifetime.

The magic of formal night began well before the first dance steps were taken. For many, the preparations were almost as enjoyable as the event itself. Girls gathered with friends and mothers for a pre-dance ritual of getting ready. Laughter, music and a shared sense of excitement filled the air as makeup was applied, hair was styled, and the finishing touches were put on the carefully chosen outfits. It was a time of bonding, shared anticipation, and the perfect prelude to an unforgettable evening.

As students stepped into the venue, they were greeted by an enchanting display of baby blue and white balloons forming an arch that led them into the transformed auxiliary gym. The dance floor was lit up by large LED spotlights and became the center stage for the night’s dancing. Not only did the gym appear transformed but the hallways along with it. A coat rack had appeared in the hall for students to leave their coats behind without worry. The DJ kept the night alive, ensuring a playlist that catered to all tastes, from classic slow dances to energetic tunes to country classics that had everyone on the floor.

The air was filled with sophistication as students embraced the formal dress code. While short dresses were the norm, some students chose to go with the elegance of a long gown. The guys showcased their well-fitted suits and ties, with many choosing colors that complemented their dates’ dresses.

The concession stand, a popular place throughout the night, provided a welcoming environment for students to refuel and refresh. From snacks to treats, the array of options ensured that everyone had the energy to keep the dancing going. The availability of various drinks helped everyone keep the night going.

In the end, formal night at LHS was a success. The combination of stunning decorations, an alive dance floor, matching attire and delicious refreshments created an atmosphere where students could take in the joy of the moment. As the night came to an end, the memories made on the dance floor and the friendships made during the pre-formal left everyone with an evening filled with laughter and memories that would last forever.

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Caroline Hughes
Caroline Hughes, Staff Writer
Caroline Hughes is a senior, second-year staff writer for the Statesman. She plans to spend most of her senior year playing LHS Softball and watching Adam Sandler movies in her bed. Hughes’ 2023-2024 goals are to be back to back champions for softball, go to a Mike. concert and maximize her pull up ability to a total of five.
Clara Binstock
Clara Binstock, Entertainment Editor
Clara Binstock is a senior, second-year staff writer and Entertainment Editor for the Statesman. She is involved in Spanish Immersion, NHS and Track and Field. Binstock can often be found wandering the LHS halls, most likely bugging her favorite track coaches Jaws and Rice. Outside of school, on the rare occasion that she is not with fellow staff member Ellen Merkley, she is likely to be found binging “Gilmore Girls” on Netflix or listening to Taylor Swift. Binstock plans on attending Augustana University after high school, so she can stay close to her cats. 
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