A winter in Wonderland


Dyllan Jones, Staff Writer

Your senior winter homecoming candidates for this year are as follows: Colby Works and Ashlie Shields, Andrew Garber and Taylor Sell, Brett Taylor and Mikaela Platt, Brice Aiello and Taylor Heslop, Dillon Ivy and Abigail Taylor, Connor Farrell and Clarie Moran.  Only one of these groups will be our lucky winners; the title of homecoming king and queen will be bestowed upon them. The victors will be crowned after the varsity home game this Friday.

The high school dance is a time-honored tradition. While not as exclusive nor as high-profile as Prom — an event which is restricted to juniors, seniors, and their lucky dates — the homecoming dances are more relaxed and inclusive about their regulation, and this relaxed policy allows for a more inviting environment.
The winter homecoming dance is approaching fast; the Commons are being cleared, some students are searching for their dates in a last-ditch effort, the DJ has been selected, and nearly everyone involved is contemplating what they’ll wear on the big day.
The dance is considered semi-formal, which means that it’s somewhere between classy and laidback. There is no dress code, but students are expected to use common sense in what they wear. Ideally, students will wear something nice and clean, but there are no punishments inflicted if they don’t. Again, it’s semi-formal, not stuffy.
Don’t get too hasty. There’s more to the occasion than just showing up on Saturday and dancing: the week before, students are given the opportunity to express their creativity early. The themes of each day for this Spirit Week are as follows: Mad Hatter Monday, Twisted Tuesday, Walt Disney Wednesday, Country Club vs. Country Thursday, and the classic Blue and Gold Friday.
When the winter dance arrives, the possibilities don’t stop there. When they’re on the dance floor, participants may stop to partake in refreshments or enjoy a quick snack at the concessions stand.
Finally, those who go the extra mile and dress fashionably are not only rewarded with praise; they may just find themselves displayed flatteringly in the IHS yearbook, among their peers.
The Student Council were the primary organizers of this event, although algebra teacher Dianne Kauth had a lot of say in the more meticulous aspects of its coordination. For example, she has handled payment for various amenities and miscellaneous pieces essential to any good dance, such as the DJ booth manned by local Kansas talent.
The dance will be held in the Commons of Iola High School on Feb. 6. Doors will be open to all freshman to senior students in town, even our neighbors from Crossroads.