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Webbies “Blast to the Past” at the sophomore dance

Stephen Li
Students dance to some good ol’ throwbacks.

Four-chord banjo music filtered out of the Ruddick room and 32 counts later, a chorus of voices joined the strum. “We were both young when I first saw you, I close my eyes and the flashback starts,” the group of students sang as they revisited their 2000s childhood; it was the “Blast to the Past” sophomore dance. 

Out on the patio, Mikey Chai (‘22) projected television shows from his laptop — Spongebob, Drake & Josh, and iCarly — for a small crowd of viewers, going back and forth between dancing and watching. 

The sophomore dance, also known as Sadie’s in previous years, took place on Saturday, February 15th. It was a small dance similar to the student government Welcome Back Dance planned by the sophomore class. This year, inspired by the beginning of a new decade, the class of ‘22 decided to host a “Blast to the Past” themed dance to recap the past two decades of the 21st century. They hoped their 2000’s music and TV shows would encourage students to attend the dance.

“I came to the sophomore dance mainly because of food, but also there are people here, and my friends,” Conrad Poon (‘23) said.

“I was on the committee to plan it, so I was kind of forced to come, but I was also excited for it,” Gaby Trauttmansdorff-Weinsberg (‘22) said. 

Although not all the attendees came for the same reasons, they all had fun participating in the throw-backs.

“It’s fun, I like the decorations. I also like the TV shows playing. I remember watching Suite Life on Deck when I was little,” Joey Silva (‘21) said.

“I think we chose a good theme that everyone can relate to. It is ‘Blast from the Past’ so the music is all from our childhood, and I am having fun because I like the music,” Gaby said.

The planning began very early on. “We gathered a committee in the fall to start gathering ideas,” Joanna Yap (‘22) said. 

But their dedication paid off, as everyone participated in at least one of the provided activities: dancing, watching TV, snacking, or taking pictures at the photo booth. The sophomore class officers even made a Snapchat filter that said, “Blast to the Past – WEBB 2020” for people to use.

“I saw like five stories from people who used the filter,” Jessica Huang (‘22) said.

Most people stayed until 10 p.m. when the event ended, walked down gym hill or towards Jameson afterward, chatting tiredly amongst themselves.

The sophomore dance of 2020 was a successful blast to the past, leaving attendees with a satisfying dose of childhood nostalgia.

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Nichola Monroe
Nichola Monroe, Chief Editor of Features
If you’re looking for a Webb big sister, Nichola Monroe (‘22) is the person for you. An experienced co-chair of the VWS dorm prefect council, she is always looking for ways to lend her knowledge to newer students both in the dorm and outside. As a returning member of the Webb Canyon Chronicle and this year’s Chief Editor of Features, she is excited to write engaging articles, share her journalism experiences, and help others thrive. Over this last summer, Nichola fostered her leadership skills at a summer camp in Maine. She lived in a cabin with younger girls and taught them how to make ceramics and jewelry, sewing, and other important life skills. Although Nichola usually resides in Dana Point, she is currently living at Webb and hopes to initiate new dorm activities for other boarders in Jameson to enjoy. Also an activist, Nichola cares deeply about current issues like climate change and sustainability. When she’s not helping other people, you can most likely find her outdoors, whether it's dancing, walking her dog at the beach, knitting under a tree, or simply just doing somersaults in front of her dorm. Favorite song: "Stay for the Summer" by Logan & Isabel
Stephen Li
Stephen Li, Chief Editor of Media
Stephen Li (‘21) is the Chief Editor of Media this year for the Webb Canyon Chronicle. He only started photography recreationally four years ago, but this skill has helped him contribute to the WCC through improving the quality of photos, an important yet often overlooked aspect of any publication. As the captain of the varsity football team, it’s no surprise that Stephens favorite spot on campus is the football field. Because of this passion, one of his many goals is to continue playing football in college, as he wants to increase Asian representation in American sports. This year, Stephen wants to increase the impact the Webb Canyon Chronicle has on the community through gaining more readers, and, as a peer advisor, he wants to continue bringing people together especially in the midst of a pandemic. Stephen’s proven talent for rallying the morale of his teammates and peers is a skill that makes him an irreplaceable member of the WCC team. 

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