Do you want to dance? Typically when you think of a dance, the idea of a senior prom will jump into your mind. Dances are a great experience but so rare at SLA. Aside from the occasional themed dances scattered throughout the year totaling around four, there is only the junior and senior prom. The few scattered dances are open to all students, while the junior and senior prom is only for those entitled. So why not let sophomores get their time to shine? With the effort from the sophomores and teachers, there will be a dance called “Soph Hop”. This would bring the tenth grade class together to have their first big dance! Even though it’s originally for sophomores, freshmen are now invited. This fact may play a huge factor on whether the sophomores will want to attend.
In SLA, there has never been a Soph Hop, but that will soon change. With the support from the staff and students, the Soph Hop will finally happen! It will take place on Friday, February 26th. The location is at “Popi’s Italian Restaurant” from 7 pm to 10 pm. The tickets will be on sale after the winter break, for $36. A tradition of having a Soph Hop might happen because the sophomores usually ask for it, but freshmen are also invited. Most freshman that I asked said that they will not go because of the fact that the dance is for sophomores. They would want to have their own sophomore dance with their own graduating class. “I have decided not to go out of respect to the sophomores,” ninth grader Majd Bostani said.
When some sophomores were asked for their opinions about having a Soph Hop, they all had a general agreement on one thing. The agreement is that having a Soph Hop is a good idea and that they are looking forward to going to the dance. Some think that it is also a good idea, but the fact that freshmen are invited, is not so spectacular.
“I feel like the idea for freshmen to be invited to the soph-hop is stupid because we have a JUNIOR and SENIOR prom. A Soph Hop is for SOPHOMORES, the regular dances are for the freshmen, and if the freshmen feel that they need an event just for themselves, that are just for the FRESHMEN, then they can set it up,” eleventh grader Darius Purnell said. “However, that is pointless because freshmen are new to the school and the high school environment in general. Before they can gather a committee and a big enough group willing to put in the effort, it will be the first quarter of their sophomore year.”
One of the SLA staff members, Ms. Martin, is a big supporter of the Soph Hop. When asked about her opinions of the Soph Hop, she said “If this is something that the students want, we’ll try to get it for them. If it works, I’m fine with that. I’m rather indifferent. If it doesn’t work, I’m fine with that, as long as the students get an opportunity to try it out.”
Even though the sophomores and freshmen do not know what to expect from this Soph Hop, it sounds like they are looking forward to this. Hopefully, freshmen being invited will not negatively affect whether the sophomores are going. If all goes well, there may be a Soph Hop next year!