This post was written by Eileen A. Ouellette, teacher in the Office of Programs for Exceptional Children.
It was a beautiful Friday night and all the stars were out at Princess Anne High School’s Winter Ball. The annual event was held in the school atrium, which was transformed into a glittery wonderland for all who attended.
The dance, sponsored by the Princess Anne High School’s West Building Get Fit Club, brings together individuals from across the Hampton Roads area. Volunteers from the school division, local organizations, colleges and PAHS community joined in to make the evening a smashing success. A local DJ kept the music pumping and refreshments provided by community partners added to the party spirit. Students loved posing for pictures with their dates and friends and chatting with their classmates and returning graduates who were invited back to enjoy the fun.
Student Maggie Swingle looks forward to going every year. She was excited about the new dress she bought for her night on the town. “I enjoy going to the Winter Ball every year. I have a blast,” she said. “I have fun dancing with my friends and it was interesting to meet the new folks who came this year.”
Her friend, Carly Sandusky, had a good time as well.
“I liked it when DJ Taylor said my name [over the microphone] and played one of my favorite songs.”
Dana Williamson, whose daughter, Caroline, attended the festivities, wholeheartedly supports the event. “It is so wonderful. They have so much fun every year.”
Parent John Swingle agreed.
“This is great,” he said. “This party is awesome. I used to bring her and stay for the fun but now she wants me to drop her off and go home.”
Wayne Varney, coordinator from the Office of Programs for Exceptional Children, was the host for the evening and oversaw the proceedings. He is both pleased and proud of the efforts of the entire PAHS community.
“The parents are very appreciative of all the hard work that goes into the event and they are especially appreciative of the joy that the students experience. Many of our students are already asking about next year’s Ball.”