By Valerie Gonzaga
After three years of cancellation because of the lack of ticket sales, Taskforce 2016 and the Associated Student Body’s (ASB) combined efforts to promote MORP resulting in approximately 275 tickets being sold, marking the return of the decades inspired dance on Friday, April 22.
“In the past years, people had the mentality that [MORP] was lame, so they purposely did not [endorse it]. The ASB [members] didn’t tell people to buy tickets because they didn’t want to do it. We just have the different mentality that if we work hard, then it’ll be good. Last year, people were telling people not to buy tickets so that we don’t have to go. This year we kind of just did the opposite,” senior Taskforce 2016 President and ASB Secretary Lacey Cappos said.
After meeting with International Baccalaureate Math Standard Level, IB Math Studies teacher and Taskforce 2016 advisor Christina Ada, the club’s members alongside Ada made the decision to promote MORP more this year unlike in previous years via social media and the morning announcements. The club held hopes to not only make MORP happen by excessively spreading the word, but to make Bonita Vista’s 50th anniversary more significant by bringing back the dance.
“MORP used to be really important to the tradition and the culture of Bonita. Since it’s the 50th anniversary of Bonita, all year long we’ve been thinking about what’s been traditional at the school and what’s been important. We decided it was a good time to bring it back,” Ada said.
MORP —which is Prom spelled backwards—is deemed as the underclassmen dance and the most inexpensive between all other three dances: Homecoming, Baronial, and Prom. Instead of the dance being held on a Saturday like the other three, it is held on the Friday of MORP week. The theme of the dance follows trends from the 1950’s to the 1990’s, correlating with the annual MORP spirit week.
“MORP used to sell out a week before the dance because we couldn’t hold that many people in the gym. [At meetings,] we talked about bringing back something especially for the underclassmen, and trying to bring MORP back because the upperclassmen here haven’t had it for a couple years and they don’t know what MORP is supposed to be about,” Ada said.
A second reason for increased interest in promoting MORP is that half of the revenue made from MORP will be directly integrated into lowering ticket prices for Prom. Half of the money that is made from MORP will go towards the senior class and the other half will go back into the ASB where the profit will go into funds for the entirety of the student body.
“For me as a senior, I just really wanted to experience [MORP] and wanted the school to experience that because it’s [not just] revenue, but also a fun time. It’s something that people can do as a last class event. I hope it goes well so it’s not known as the dance that gets cancelled every year, but it’s a dance that actually happens,” senior ASB President Alex Huerta said.
The combined forces of ASB, Taskforce and the senior class were able to put together the dance in the gym decorated with a black light, neon decorations and a disco ball. Body paint that would be seen in the black light, a photo area with props, and free water were available for all the students throughout the night. Two risers were also placed in the gym for students to step up and dance on.
“Because we’re bringing it back, MORP can be whatever the seniors decide they want the tradition to keep going. Whatever happens this year is going to set the precedent for the following years. It could be restarting, or it could be their own take on what the new tradition should be, but building off the old [ones] that the schools always had,” Ada said.
After the event took place, there were numerous pleased responses on social media applications such as Instagram and Twitter. Various Bonita students were tweeting about MORP’s success after the dance.
“I’m definitely pleased with the outcome of [MORP.] When everyone got there it was actually super fun and the entire time all the music was good. People were only sitting down because they danced too much. Everything went according to plan, nothing fell through and we sold over our anticipated income of tickets,” Cappos said.
With the success of the return of the dance, both Ada and Huerta hope to keep the tradition alive by having the dance be held again in the 2016-2017 school year.
“It’s the last high school dance before Prom. Everyone’s going to be an adult soon, but you’re not going to be a kid forever and I feel like everyone should enjoy it. In high school, we try to grow up so fast and it’s like ‘stop,’ just enjoy it because you’re never going to get these times back,” Huerta said.