Below is the article from the online Park Falls Herald describing the event. Thanks to all who made this a successful community event!
Sweetheart dance turnout grew for 5th straight year
SETH CARLSON firstname.lastname@example.org | Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2014 9:30 am
The Chequamegon School District chapter of the National Honor Society successfully hosted their
fifth annual “Sweetheart Valentine's Day Dance” earlier this month in the cafeteria of the Park
Since the event’s early inception years ago by Katie Rybak, the dance has been reinvented by
NHS students to be open to the entire community, and has grown each year the past five years.
This year’s attendance totaled over 80 people, according to NHS Adviser Paula Zwicke.
“Our overall goal as a National Honor Society chapter is to build strong leaders through service to
school and community,” explained Zwicke. “This is the measuring stick with which we use when
we consider any opportunities as a chapter. We have become so active that we do have to be
discretionary in our projects because we know we cannot possibly do all the things that we would
like to do or that need to be done for our school and community.
“Our process each fall involves the membership creating a list of all of the service projects for
which they have passion or for which they see a community need school or area community.
This list often includes 1215 possible projects, but we can realistically complete 46, which
leaves us room for an "emergency" one – a need that arises during the school year that we must
act on rather quickly. Besides the 46 service projects we do as a chapter, all members complete
10 or more hours of individual service to school and community. This year's chapter has 28 junior
and senior members.”
At this year’s dance, Frankie Baroka and the Spotlight Polka Band served as the main musical
entertainment; however, the past two years there has also been a set of jazz music by the
Chequamegon High School Jazz Ensemble.
Zwicke thanked all the students and volunteer efforts for another year of a growing community
active and said, “There is no doubt that our guests are treated to four hours of some awesome
music, dancing, and socializing, and we couldn't be happier to provide it!”