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Winter Dance Returns With ‘Night in New York’

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Ellen Kim
Yeaun Kim, senior, assembles a piece of the NYC-inspired skyline that will decorate the winter semi-formal dance venue. BOHS’s first winter dance in 14 years will take place on Feb 3.

Dazzling lights, a skyline backdrop, and NYC-inspired street desserts will greet attendees at “Night in New York,” BOHS’s first winter dance in 14 years — at the Yorba Linda Community Center on Feb 3. 

Megan Duprey, senior and ASB dance commissioner, organized the event with the help of ASB. Their inspiration for the theme was “Times Square and city lights.” 

To make the semi-formal event “everything a kid has ever dreamed of,” Duprey and her team hired a DJ, planned casino-style games, enlisted Orange Country’s The Dough Life to provide treats like churros, donuts, and ice cream, and assembled a New York City skyline backdrop for students to take photos in front of.

This is the first winter dance held by BOHS since 2009.

The 14 year hiatus was partly due to funds being diverted to the more heavily-attended Homecoming and prom dances, and partly due to the financial burden of three formal dances a year on students and families. However, requests from students to add a dance to the winter calendar — 32 weeks pass between Homecoming and prom — inspired the return.

In response to the requests, Duprey convinced ASB to bring the event back ” to experience the same [activities] that other schools get to experience.”

For some students, the excitement for the dance starts well before the event begins.

Elizabeth Choi, sophomore, said, “I like dressing up, getting ready, and taking pictures, and this [dance] gives you an excuse this time of year to do that.”

“It’s kind of a tradition to get ready with your friends before and do each other’s makeup and help each other with hair,” Sophia Han, senior, said. Han and her friends, seniors Ella Na and Natalie Kim, will spend the day together preparing for the evening. 

The dance is not exclusive to BOHS students. Guest passes are available for purchase at the activities office, allowing students from other districts to attend. “I’m bringing my church friends to a Brea dance for the first time [and] I’m excited to show them what it’s like, excited to hang out with [them],” Evelyn Kim, junior, said.

Duprey is thrilled that a long-time BOHS tradition is returning. “If there’s one dance [throughout] all of high school that our students remember, I really hope that this will be the one.”

Tickets will remain available for purchase until sold out, with sales operating on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

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Sofia Tapia Guillen, freshman, is a staff writer for the Wildcat. Sofia is also involved in swim. Outside of school, Sofia enjoys eating Chipotle, volunteers as an advocate for mental health awareness, and loves to work with children. Sofia plans to attend either UCLA, Yale, or Brown University.
Lauren Ko, News Editor
Lauren Ko, junior, is hoping to gain valuable experience as News Editor during her first year as a member of the Wildcat staff. The current president of Mock Trial, she is also an active member of organizations such as American Red Cross Club, National Honors Society, and Link Crew. Outside the classroom, Lauren delves into the field of law with the International Humanitarian Law Youth Action Campaign. You're likely to find her admiring art in museums while she explores a big city -- two of her favorite hobbies. 
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Ellen Kim, senior, has been a member of the newspaper staff since her freshman year and is excited to lead the staff as Editor-in-Chief. Alongside her leadership in the Wildcat, Ellen is involved in ASB as Senior Class President and can be spotted in many clubs and organizations across campus including HOSA, Mubotics, Orchestra, and FTOC. Outside of school, Ellen can be found practicing taekwondo, listening to her favorite pop tunes, or playing a competitive round of Uno. Ellen has published over 35 pieces for the Wildcat and is thrilled to create lots more during her final year at BOHS.
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