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February 19, 2024

Sadie Hawkins Premiere

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Brandon Sutanto
Senior nominee Tripura Sai, poses after receiving her sash following the Sadie Hawkins Premiere

    Student nominees of each grade were announced for the Sadie Hawkins Premiere at lunch. Freshman, sophomores and juniors were designated as potential cowgirls and cowboys in honor of the annual theme, while seniors were designated as potential Kings and Queens for the upcoming Sadie Hawkins Dance on February 24.

    The event was meant to take place in the quad, however heavy rain made this impossible. The announcement was moved to the ASB room where a video of the event would be released by ASB.

    The Sadie Hawkins Dance is a tradition known for its reversal of gender roles, where women invite men to the dance as opposed to men inviting the women. This event originates from the Lil’ Abner comic strip which lasted from 1934 to 1977. “Sadie Hawkins Day” is known as a fictional holiday where unmarried women from a town called “Dogpatch” can marry any man they “catch.” 

    In the comic strip, Sadie Hawkins, the daughter of the mayor of Dogpatch, remained single till the age of 35. Out of desperation, Mayor Hawkins arranged a footrace where Sadie could marry any man she caught. Soon, many colleges clung onto the tradition which is why schools across the U.S. host the dance today.

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    Senior nominee Emily Lopez expressed her gratitude to all who voted for her, explaining that as Editor in Chief of the yearbook she is usually the one to document these dances and is grateful to also be nominated for one herself.

    Students can receive dance contracts from the activities window and turn them in to the ASB window until February 13, 2024.

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