Photos by Jenna SImons
Cherry Hill East students from all grades dove Under the Sea for a fun and lively freshman dance on Friday, January 13.
Students walked through Cafeteria One to check coats and bags, and then headed through the teachers’ lounge and into Cafeteria Two, both decorated like the bottom of the ocean. There were jellyfish hanging from the cafeteria ceiling, and blue waves strung with lights covered the teachers’ lounge.
The theme, Under the Sea, was the same as the theme from the Class of 2017’s Freshman Dance in 2014.
Students could be found dancing near the music, sitting with friends at the tables in the back of the cafeteria, or socializing in the hallways.
“I thought it was a really nice time to make memories with old and new friends,” said Lily Cohen (‘20). “It was nice making new friends with upperclassmen.”
There were tables of theme-related food, including bowls of Swedish Fish and platters of “Krabby Patty” sliders from P.J. Whelihan’s. Students could munch on potato chips or enjoy pizza from Pat’s.
Throughout the night, a DJ kept the students dancing with popular songs. He also took requests from the crowd.
Over 500 students attended, including around 270 upperclassmen.
“I was extremely glad to have this number of students be present and hope to have more [at dances] in the future,” said Freshman Class President, Oliver Adler (‘20).
At the end of the night, students received a T-shirt as a souvenir. The shirts are navy blue, and say “Frosh ‘17” in bubbles blown by a fish, along with the date. The back has a full-color design of the sea floor, including the words “Cherry Hill East Under The Sea.”
“I think the dance went so well,” said Carly Robinson (‘20), a Freshman Class Representative. “All of the SGA members were really happy with how it turned out, and we’re so glad everyone had fun.”
Adler agreed. “I truly believe that the 500 or so students who were there all found at least some joy in the theme-related foods, decorations, or just being around their classmates,” he said.