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By Gabrielle Zhu
After a few hectic weeks of assessments, parent-teacher conferences, and preparation for the school musical, the Fall Formal gave students a much-needed reprieve from work. The event took place in a small, dim club called Celia by Pulse in the far reaches of Puxi that Prom Committee rented out for the evening. Apart from a noticeable lack of seniors, high schoolers from across grade levels filed into the underground club.
Dressed in high heels, dresses, ties, and suits, few students actually opted to dance. Most simply gathered into small groups to chat and compliment each other’s outfits. With the many discussions of community and school spirit around SAS, this, perhaps, best highlights the collective high school identity. Even with music blasting so loud that hearing people talk became difficult, students generally preferred to talk instead of participating in any form of dancing. To SAS high schoolers, this may be an expression of community.
In the two hour timeframe, one table started up a game of poker (with chips but no betting). Others picked up drinks and stopped in front of the streamer backdrop to take photos. None seemed to mind the presence of the multiple chaperones in the room. Fall Formal gave students a chance to unwind with each other without as much of the stress that comes with being in a school environment. By the end of the night, the majority of students who attended left the formal laughing and smiling with their friends.
The consensus on the event seems to be that, though not necessarily the most memorable, it was enjoyable.