By Amanda Bertsch
The annual Barbeque Dance, a Tri-City tradition, took place on Thursday the 27th. Mr. Terauchi and Mr. Wilson cooked up a storm, and Student Council provided chips and drinks. The dance also featured a bonfire, which was a big hit.
This was the first Tri-City dance for this year’s freshmen class, and this was reflected in the large groups of freshmen that attended. One of the freshmen told Denobis that although many of the freshmen were nervous, it was a good experience and they enjoyed the bonfire.
“It was a great way for the freshmen to get to know some of the upperclassmen and for the upperclassmen to branch out!” noted Devon Bonelli, a senior.
“The BBQ dance is always enjoyable,” added fellow senior Alex DuBroy.
Although the freshmen were understandably anxious at the beginning of the dance, by the end of the night they mingled more easily with the upperclassmen. Several met new people in an impromptu chess tournament or out on the dance floor. The more relaxed nature of the dance allowed many more opportunities for the freshmen to meet the rest of the school and get to know them.
Sophomore Patricia Azevedo cited the accepting atmosphere of the dances as a major part of the fun. “Part of what I love about our dances is [that] everyone can dance however they like and they don’t have to worry about how they look or who’s behind them,” she said.
The dance was held despite concerns about the weather. Although there was some rain, it was mild, and students and teachers alike enjoyed the evening.