CHS student body unsure about viability of Sweethearts dance

Emma Castronova and Haley Tisone

Sweethearts has been a dance produced by Canfield High School for numerous years now. Throughout its history, it has been referred to as various names and has surely changed in popularity over the years. As the dance approaches, students feel the need to address complaints that sweethearts does not compare to the other two dances in both attendance and quality. 

Sweethearts is one of three formal dances that the school organizes, another of the three is homecoming. Sweethearts’ attendance is no comparison to that of Homecoming and while both dances permit students of all grades to attend, the amount of tickets sold is significantly lower for sweethearts.

It is important to keep in mind that the data is affected by fluctuation in the number of students in the school as well as the MCCTC students who can attend if CHS is their “home” school. 

When comparing Sweethearts to Prom one must remember this key fact: Only junior and senior classes can buy tickets and few underclassmen are asked by upperclassmen. The past four years, Prom’s ticket sales have consistently exceeded that of Sweethearts’, even though only half of the students are permitted to attend.

“Homecoming’s attendance average is around 600 students,” said Mrs. English, one of the dance’s organizers.

The average of Sweethearts’ attendance of the last four years is 394. This is one third less than Homecoming.

Last year, like homecoming, Sweethearts was held in the school’s cafeteria as opposed to its previous location, The Embassy. A survey was conducted to see if the location of the dance affected it’s attendance rates. According the cardinal survey, about 84% of both male and female students would go to Sweethearts if it was held in a different location and 16% would not mind the location of the cafeteria.

To be clear, Sweethearts is a great dance that goes on at the school, but is clearly not comparable to the others. A few students also expressed their thoughts on this issue.

Junior Cory Rose said, “Yes, I think that it signifies that you are going with a sweetheart” in response to being asked how the name of the dance may affect the population that attends. Rose added that he would, however, be attending prom this year.

In summation, it is clear that both the attendance and opinions of the students express discontent with the current state of Sweethearts. This is not an indication that Sweethearts should be discontinued. Instead, in years to come, most of the Canfield student body would agree to make alterations, starting with the name of the dance and the place at which it is held.