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    School dances are arguably the most memorable part of high school. Whether stag or formal, the flashing lights and the rad dance moves are enough to excite every student. This year the Knights were treated to a new dance, never before experienced at Lone Peak high school. 
The Freedom Formal was a new addition to the date dance calendar as of 2017. Held on Friday, November 10, the formal stag dance was held in honor of Veterans Day and was the final celebration of Lone Peak’s “Freedom Week”. Freedom Week, a long-standing tradition at Lone Peak, reminds students of the freedoms and privileges we enjoy as Americans. Each year the halls are decorated with American flags, historical figures, and newspapers. Teachers speak of loved ones who served in the American armed forces and share unique and personal stories. The administration announces the names of students who have family members serving in active duty. The whole student body is urged to show respect and thanks for veterans by honoring their service. 
The Freedom Formal fits perfectly with this patriotic theme. Freed from the bonds of a date, the stag dance encouraged students to come together. The dance was well received by students and was a huge success. The Student Council was pleased with the turnout and hope to continue the tradition in the future. They were not alone, many students also look forward to the Freedom Formal in years to come. Junior, Carlie Madsen said, “I think [ the Freedom Formal ] was awesome. It gave us the chance to dress up and show off our dance moves in high heels. It was a lot of fun and I would 10/10 recommend it.” 
    The Freedom Formal broke the mold of previous stag dances—and people loved it. Switching out casual attire for Sunday best seemed to make all the difference. Girls loved the chance it gave them to show off dresses and evening gowns they had bought for date dances and only worn once. Boys loved being able to go to a dance without picking up the check for an expensive dinner or planning an elaborate day date. Senior, Alison Langford said, “[ the Freedom Formal ] was such a great idea! Dressing up for dances is always fun but this time doing my hair and makeup was stress-free.” Without the added pressure of finding a date, crafting the perfect way to ask him/her, anxiously awaiting a response, etc. Knights found it fun to ‘cut footloose’ in their Sunday shoes!
    The night ended with the DJ playing Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA, as students joined hands in a circle. The feelings of patriotism and thanks for the men and women in the service of our country were overpowering. The dance was upbeat and fun but the last song reminded students of the sacrifices made which allow them to enjoy the freedoms which are too often taken for granted. Many students sang along as the words, “And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free and I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me,” boomed from the speakers. Freedom week and the Freedom Formal were both smashing successes. After the many thanks and much respect was given to veterans and fellow students whose family members are currently serving it is safe to say “there ain’t no doubt [ the Knights ] love this land. God bless the USA.”