When you think of New York City, certain images immediately come to mind: towering skyscrapers, the hustle-and-bustle atmosphere of honking taxis and the iconic musicals of Broadway. For this year’s Winter Formal, Northwood brought its own twist to the Big Apple at Anaheim Bowlmor Lanes on Saturday, Jan 27.
Northwood’s “Welcome to New York” Winter Formal officially began at 7 p.m., but for many it started much earlier. Students, adorned in sparkling dresses and dapper suits, took dazzling pictures and flocked to Bowlmor Lanes in limousines and party buses.
“It was a lot of fun getting ready, taking pictures and singing in the party bus with my friends because it pumped up my mood for the dance,” senior Aanya Jain said.
Upon entering the dance, students were greeted with a variety of activities. Many spent their night pumping their fists to the rhythmic beats of the DJ’s music, while others tested their bowling skills. Students were also able to spend their time snacking on delicious pastries and fruits, enjoying a magician’s mind-blowing tricks and playing pool and ping pong.
“The venue and lights were magical, and it definitely surpassed my expectations,” junior Rion Morita said. “I really enjoyed the different activities, especially bowling and watching magic tricks because it offered me options other than dancing.”
Additionally, the array of music ranging from Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow ” to Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” gave students an opportunity to slow dance with their dates or breakdown on the dance floor.
Crowning Winter Formal court occurred near the end of the dance. Seniors Rex Sang and Claire O’Connor won king and queen, while sophomores Niko Honda and Leah Kong were crowned prince and princess.
“It was a great experience to be on formal court alongside so many of my amazing friends, and I am so thankful,” O’Connor said. “In my mind, every student at Northwood deserves to be a queen or king. Being a part of a campus full of unique individuals makes me so proud to be a Timberwolf. And knowing this dance was my last winter formal was bittersweet, but it was definitely a night I will remember.”
Although the night came to an end after Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” Formal 2018 will continue to remain in many high school memories. Northwood students can now look forward to the annual Sadie Hawkins dance in the Northwood gym on Friday, March 16.
“Sophomore Class Council is working hard to make Sadie’s amazing, since it is the last informal dance of the year,” Sophomore Vice President (and aforementioned princess) Kong said. “We have decided the theme already, and I can honestly say that this Sadie’s will be very very fun.”