It has been four years now since the Aviator’s Ball started, and it has been getting better every year.
The Associated Student Body (ASB) started planning this year’s Aviator’s Ball before school even started, back in late August. The ASB puts a lot of effort and money into the dance, because it is the kickoff dance event of the year.
“We spend a little bit more money on decorations than the other dances,” explained ASB advisor Sarah Fitzpatrick, “we tend to buy more things than making them to give the dance more of a formal feel.”
ASB worked together to figure what would get the most students to come to the dance. The main idea was that they wanted students to have fun in a whimsical setting.
Every year, the ASB hopes to top itself in the planning of the Aviator’s Ball. They put more effort into it every year and try to make the decorations and the music better to encourage more students to go and have fun. Since Aviator’s Ball first year, four years ago, AHS seniors have said that it has really grown.
“ASB has really increased decorations over the years and have really transformed our boring cafeteria into an entirely different place for students,” said AHS senior and ASB President Jenny Gao, “we worked a lot harder to not only decorate the cafeteria but also decorate the entrance way and any area that students might be.”
Themes, color schemes, and decorations are only the beginning of the decisions ASB had to make when planning the dance.
“There are a lot of details that go into planning all dances,” said Fitzpatrick, “especially this one because it is our first dance of the year and we always have new people planning the event and learning how to coordinate all of the small details.”
For the past four years, each theme for the past dances has gotten more aviation themed than before. Past themes included “Starry, Starry Nights,” in 2008, “Fly me to Paris!” in 2009, “Arabian Nights” in 2010, and finally “Captured in a Dream…Liner” this year.
When planning for the dance, however, there was a specific budget to stay within.
“We try to keep the budget below a respectable amount,” said Fitzpatrick, “knowing that we have to spend a little bit of money, and hoping that the class who is sponsoring it will make at least some money, or at least break even.The goal was to spend less than $300 on decorations, and around $350-$400 on the DJ, and that all comes out of the senior class budget.”
Since Aviator’s Ball is the first dance of the year, it is also the mood setter for how the rest of the ASB sponsored events will go this year.
The week of the dance really helped students get pumped up for the dance, too. It was the first spirit week of the year. Monday was Runway Day, Tuesday was Wingman Day, Wednesday was Wind Blown Hair Day, Thursday was Catch Me If You Can Day, and Friday was Fly Your Colors Day where students wore their class colors to school.
Most freshmen were very excited for the first dance of the year. This was due to the fact that most upperclassmen had told them that Aviator’s Ball was the best dance of the year.
“I’d be disappointed if it wasn’t,” said AHS freshman Kirsten Noble, “because a lot of people said it was awesome.”
On the Monday before the dance, the ASB planned and hosted a pep assembly to get students excited about the week that was ahead of them, which included the spirit days and the Aviator’s Ball. In the assembly, ASB had a fashion show showing what students should wear on the specific spirit days. They also showed a video of what kind of dancing should and should not occur at the dance. ASB’s efforts payed off by having a fantastic dance on the 8th of October with large amount of students attendees.
Everyone knows that dances are a great excuse to have fun with friends, but dances are also important fundraisers for each class. For example, since the seniors planned the Aviator’s Ball, all the money that was used came out of their account, and whatever profit they made from the dance, goes back into their account. The juniors plan prom so all the money comes out of their account, and so whatever profit they make goes back into the account.
“Attendance is crucial because if we can get a lot of people to come to the dances, then every class can make some money,” said Fitzpatrick, “the money that is raised is generally used to spend on or put towards prom expenses or other class activities.”
The next dance that’s coming up this year is a tolo dance where girls ask guys, instead of the other way around like most dances. The sophomore class captains will be in charge of this dance, and they are already thinking about possible themes and decorations. It will be a casual dance, and it will be in mid-December before winter break. The dance after Tolo will be MORP (which is the word prom backwards), and that dance is planned by the freshmen class captains. Finally, near the end of the year is prom, and which will be planned by the junior class captains.