Local Students Setting a Tone for Future Dances

November 06, 2017 07:14 PM

(ABC 6 News)--A group of high school students is coming together to liven up the party for students in Rochester, but it wasn't easy and a lot of hard work went into one night.

We often hear people say younger generations are lazy, entitled and maybe even unreliable, but a group of nine students from Mayo, Lourdes, John Marshall and Century High School are breaking that stigma.


"What we're seeing more of is they want to build and create," said Sunny Prabhakar, who helped the students put together the event. 

Prabhakar’s role was not only to help plan but supervise and watch them learn.

"They don't want to fit into the same mold that they've seen happen year after year and I think these kids are a perfect example. They're ready to put in the work to see something really amazing happen," said Prabhakar.

Something amazing did happen.

"We started to buy online tickets and they were $15 and we sold out in two days. We sold out 300 tickets. They were completely sold out," smiled Aida Pasalic, a member of the events committee.

The 507 Litty Committee hears students wish dances were more for their taste, so the committee is livening up dances by putting on their own.

"Anyone can come to the dance, the mixers that we have," said committee member, Eric Byrne.

The dance held at the Art Center drew 450 students from area high schools.

“We had like someone from Northfield come, we had Dover Eyota people," said Pasalic.

"The work we put behind it was a lot of work. The whole fun experience that we had at the dance and the good comments we heard from friends and just other students; it was rewarding after putting in all that effort," said Byrne.

The event was an opportunity for these students to get experience in planning.

"Just getting it all done together shows how hard we can work," said Byrne.

From scheduling meetings to getting insurance, signing contracts and managing expenses were a few things the students experienced.

"We did a google sheet where we had a full budget out and you know they did everything. Then from setting up to tear down, they were there until you know 1:00 AM while we were cleaning up and they really killed it," said Prabhakar.

Prabhakar also said regardless of age, the hard work these students put in shows these teens are able to do great things.

"The fact is they were more than willing to step up and take on responsibility for this awesome event," Prabhakar.

Right now the students are in the process of planning another dance in March and possibly another after graduation.


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