Academy girls were happy to be over the nerve-wracking Homecoming and Christmas Formal season. From getting a date, to picking the right dress, to coordinating every detail of the nights, the season can be rather stressful. But this past Friday, January 13, girls ceased the nail-biting and had a date with the one man who will never let them down: their dads.
The night kicked off at 6:30 in the Brady Center as dads and their daughters struck a pose in front of the camera for Studio Artistry, which will sell these memorable shots as keepsakes of the rockin’ night.
Under the planning and supervision of Academy Student Council, the Brady Center was transformed into a hopping 50s-themed party complete with black and red balloons, black tablecloths with record centerpieces, and plastic musical notes decorating the hall.
At 7, dads escorted their daughters to their assigned tables to begin the dinner provided by Catering by the Family. Afterwards, the duos made their way onto the dance floor to shimmy and shake the night away, enjoying the music of The Machine.
The week before the buzz around Academy had been the Foxy Father competition. Sumble Sadiq, a Student Council Father/Daughter committee member, explained the process for the competition. “We put pictures of the Foxy Fathers, who must be fathers of seniors, on the bulletin board with numbers next to them in the foyer. Then the homerooms vote for their top two favorites.”
Candidates for the Foxy Father title this year were fathers of Rachel Eilers, Tori Foody, Cristina Gomez, Olivia Jones, Emily Joseph, Marigloria Maldonado, Sami Menard, Alex Prado, and Vickie Sierra. The winner was Mr. Paul Joseph.
“It’s funny and exciting, and he really wants to win,” Eilers gushed about her father the week before the event.
As Academy alumnae can attest, the dance is one of the long-standing traditions of the school. “For as long as I’ve been in charge of StudCo, actually, even when I was a student here at the Academy, we’ve had the Father/Daughter dance,” said Mrs. Jenny Van Pelt.
She explained that, not too long ago, the festivities were held at the Egypt Shrine Temple until the Brady Center was built. “It’s great,” she said, noting, “It gives us plenty of room for dancing.”