Juniors light up the night at the first-ever junior dance

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Heritage made history by hosting its first-ever junior dance, Saturday, May 18, for an evening of fun, music and dancing. The event marked a significant milestone in the school’s tradition, providing junior students with a memorable occasion to celebrate their accomplishments this year and spend time with their friends before heading into their final year of high school.

Matthew Ruiz, junior class president, spearheaded the event and noted beforehand that he was feeling “pretty hyped.” “I think it’ll be pretty fun seeing all the juniors there, and I’ll be glad to follow Mr. Rodriguez around. I was inspired to push for it because over the summer I did a summer program in D.C. and met a lot of people from all over the country. Apparently a lot of schools have junior dances, but we don’t. So I felt like this was something important I should try to do as junior class president,” Ruiz said. 

The dance was “Spring Fling” themed, and the decorations and energy did not disappoint. What was once an ordinary gym was transformed into a lively environment covered with vibrant flowers, radiant balloons, colorful outfits and a bustling dance floor.

The success of Heritage’s first junior dance promises a bright future for this new tradition. 

“[The dance] was actually really fun and I think that everyone who went had a good time,” junior Emma Pudney said. 

Juniors had the opportunity to take pics in the photo section and also use props such as light-up glasses and signs. The glasses were able to be kept by the students. (Photos/Mila Bond and Emma Pudney)

Students dance to “Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex and “Hey Ya!” by Outcast as the day dwindles into night and the dance slowly but surely ends. (Videos/Khai-Hoang Nguyen)

Zoe Horwitz, a junior at American Heritage, returns to the Patriot Post for her third year as the Sports Editor and Assistant Editor-In-Chief. Besides reading and writing, she spends her time playing with her dog or tutoring younger students through Learn with Peers, a non-profit organization she helped found in 2020. During her freshman year, she co-founded FALIA (Food Allergy/Intolerance Awareness) at school, a club that advocates for those with food allergies. Zoe also plays lacrosse, as she plays for a club team and American Heritage girls varsity lacrosse team. Zoe is very excited to be contributing to the Patriot Post.