Pritzker Valentine’s dance: Students’ input

Pritzker stuents at the Valentine's Dance Photo Credit: Jonathan Campuzano

By Jazmin Bustamante ’21

The annual Valentine’s day dance took place in the cafeteria at Pritzker College Prep on Friday, Feb. 8 to celebrate in commemoration of St. Valentine.

The history of Valentine’s Day dates back to ancient Roman times. A pagan festival that went by the name of Lupercalia had been held on a yearly basis to encourage fertility. It eventually was deemed a Christian feast day by a man recognized as Pope Gelasius I, parading by the name of St. Valentine’s Day that is still held firmly in the majority of modernized cultural practices.

Members of Pritzker’s student body government had initiated the planning this year yet again, allowing for student participants to gather in one room for socialization.

Sophomore Arlette Carino stated, “I had fun with my friends! I knew students had really dedicated time to prepping the overall setting based on the red theme for Valentine’s Day.”

The decorations consisted of both lights and heavily red banners strung from the ceiling. Red was primarily used based on the fact that it is said to be a representation of the holiday since it channels love.

Students were allowed to volunteer in setting up the dance before it officially commenced due to help being needed. Those who chose to help were given community service hours as a result.

Carino explained, “There was one part where every person attending the dance just got into one long line and did the conga. It was probably my favorite part of the entire dance.”

Teachers served as chaperones at the dance in order to maintain both order and just ensure safety. The majority served as eyes from the outside of the huddle of dancers in the middle of the floor.

Sophomore Citlaly Alvarez stated, “The only food and drinks that were served literally came from the vending machine, unfortunately.”

The lack of actual food being served or sold had resulted in the disappointment of Alvarez since she is aware of other high schools, such as Lane Tech, allowing for the action to be an option.

Alvarez added, “No photo booths that could be easily located were put up in order to actually get official Valentine’s Day dance related content when I was there early either. Despite this, I did like spending time with my friends at this event. I do not consider going again in order to be with them and such.”

The Valentine’s Day dance ended at around 11:00 p.m. or so when finalizing all clean-up duties and putting the decorations away with the help of students for more potential community service credit.

Carino finished, “I remember so many people attending homecoming that it was hardly impossible to breathe. At least this dance proved to be spacious.”