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JHS March Madness Dance

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On March 24, the students of Johnston Senior High School were supposed to have a dance in honor of March Madness. Each year that I've been in high school, March Madness included either a hypnotist show or a game-show themed event to open up the main event of March Madness, Mr. Panther. Due to an incident that happened in the beginning of the school year, we were only able to put together Mr. Panther with the absence of a teacher who gave his all to ensure March Madness consisted of events that would provide enjoyment and fun to the student body. Students that are not even on JHS Student Council planned a dance so the students would actually have something to look forward to. Ask any student. This school has had absolutely nothing to look forward to. The dance was going to be perfect. Mr. Panther, the precursor to the event, strolls around on Friday, March 18th. Each year, yes, some inappropriate jokes are told. This year, yes it may have been a bit much. Students were disqualified, which has never happened. Participants in the event worked for hours and hours running on barely any sleep, just to get disqualified, something that has NEVER happened in years prior. When the bar was set that high in previous years, with previous runner-ups in the event making similar jokes, it is expected that the same thing will occur this year REGARDLESS of what happened in the beginning of the school year. Clearly it didn't matter. Three out of nine students were disqualified, two of them barely giving much reason. Those two were members of the senior class. At the end, one of the disqualified senior members went on stage and performed his talent. The entire thing. So it's expected the second member can do the same thing. For some reason, he couldn't. As members of JHS, we knew it was unfair to see that happen to someone. We got together, protested, chanted his name, and just for voicing our opinions, we got kicked out of the auditorium right in the middle of the event. Why couldn't he just do it? An unnecessary amount of cops were sent to the high school. Why? Because we wanted to see our friend perform one last act of his last Mr. Panther? After we were all kicked out, we all were nervous about the dance being canceled. On Sunday morning, we were informed it was canceled. One thing shouldn't lead to another. The actions of some students shouldn't affect a huge amount of the student body that planned to go to this dance, bought tickets and bought outfits. Yes we can get our money back and return clothes, shoes etc. But it's just not the point. We, as students, are bored. We have nothing to look forward to. The senior class is especially upset, as they only have prom, senior banquet etc to look forward to. It's unfortunate that the seniors dreaded the entire year, and only were going to be able to enjoy the last month or so of senior festivities. Senior year is supposed to be one to remember. But due to the actions of others, who AREN'T EVEN STUDENTS AT JOHNSTON HIGH, we were unable to enjoy it. Sure we had homecoming and winterball, but that's two events. Several members of the class of 2016 can agree and say their senior year held no sentimental value. This dance was supposed to bring fun and enjoyment to a year that simply was not one to remember. And now it's not.

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