Redefining School Dances: Winterfest 2019

Antioch and Lakes unite for a new winter tradition.


Teri Klobnak

The north gym was transformed into multiple DJ stages and activity stations for the Winterfest attendees to enjoy. At the end of the night, the confetti cannons showered neon paper strips and rained down on the students.

Winterfest, a new tradition in replacement of turnabout, provided a chance for students within the district to join and experience a new generation and style of school dances. The same company that has provided the entertainment for homecoming in the past two years past, myBOOMtour, hosted the event.

The week leading up to the dance, called winter week, provided the student body with fun dress up days and extra lunchtime treats for those who participated. The dance, held Saturday, February 16, had students dressed in black and neon while having activities such as an art room, inflatable wipeout, confetti cannons, giant Jenga, Connect Four, a main stage and a silent DJ section.

“Winterfest was so much fun,” junior Samantha Wanke said. “I had a great time with my friends. There was so much to do and they had lots to offer.”

With many positive reviews of the dance and an upbringing of a new district wide dance, many students hope to see Winterfest again next year.

“Many people had doubts about Winterfest because they did not know what it was,” junior Ayanna Tommy said. “It was like another homecoming and it was fun to dance with my friends.”