Class of ‘17 Holds Annual Mistletoe Event By Tyon Forney-Hush

SATs, ACTs, Midterms, PARCC. Amidst the academic obstacles on the horizon, students at Dunellen High still find the time to have a jovial experience. On January 6th, many DHS students attended the annual Mistletoe event at the Brookdale Country Club in Florham Park.

The Mistletoe is a fundraiser dance hosted annually by the senior class at DHS. The proceeds from the event went to the class of 2017, although individuals from all classes attended. The Mistletoe lasted four hours, where students joined together for a cocktail hour, followed by dinner and dancing. During the night, attendees enjoyed music while getting their photos taken by a professional photographer.

The participants experienced a wonderful night at the Mistletoe, as the feedback gathered from the students who attended were primarily positive. DHS Senior Michael Nielsen stated, “I would go again, given the opportunity.” One student fondly recalls, “Personally, I loved taking pictures with friends in the photo booth along with being able to take home copies for myself.”

This year’s Mistletoe presented a more formal theme. The waiters and waitresses donned formal attire, and made a constant effort to adopt a posture appropriate in a formal setting. Nielsen went on to state, “I admired how the waiters carried themselves throughout the event.”

All of the elegance on display wasn’t planned overnight, however. The class advisor for the senior class, Christine Konish, commented on the extended planning process for the event. “Mistletoe is planned typically a year in advance in order for you to be able to secure the place that you want. In the beginning stages of planning you are just choosing a venue. As it gets closer, around four to six months prior to the event, some of the students will form a committee to plan out the theme, decorations and center pieces. They work in conjunction with the class officers.”

Mrs. Konish (left) Ms. Bodak (right) Jeaneatte Mastrogiovanni (above)

The experience took a lengthy amount of time to set up, but in Mrs. Konish’s perspective, it all paid off. She went on to say, “From my perspective I feel the students had a great time; the dance floor was packed the entire evening, as well as the photobooth.”

Students share Mrs. Konish’s opinion that the Mistletoe went off “without a hitch”. DHS junior Faith Wright, who had attended the Mistletoe last year as well, expressed that she was very fond of this year’s event, even more so than the previous year's dance. Wright states, “Although last year’s Mistletoe was a fantastic night, I enjoyed this year’s more.” She felt that this year's Mistletoe was better because of the theme.

Ms. Bodak (left) and Michaellah Acosta (right)

With all the positive feedback, the expectations are high for next year’s event, which will be hosted by the class of 2018, along with their advisors Miss Nye and Miss Bodak. Many juniors who attended the Mistletoe are quite eager to host one themselves, and they are currently planning for next year’s event.

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