By Steven Doan
Independence High School is having its annual I-Dance concert. I-Dance is one of the school’s departments that focuses on all types of dance. It is filled with many talented dancers and provides many opportunities for them to perform. I-Dance performs at events like school rallies, talent shows, and on rare occasions, performances outside of school with their very own concerts. To attend their concert, students have the option to purchase $10 tickets from the dancers themselves or pay $15 at the door. Families and friends outside of school are welcome to come. The I-Dance concert will be hosted at the dance studio on campus and on May 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11.
Senior Khang Vo states, “I’m going to support my friends because I know how hard they worked and practiced everyday.”
Ever since Spring break finished, the dancers are required to stay at school from the end of 7th period to 10PM. They practice all day long to perfect their performances even if they get exhausted during that time frame. This displays their true dedication for not only their dance pieces, but as well as the dance department itself. Having love and support at the nights of their concerts from friends and family is very appreciated.
Senior and performer Gary Moi shares, “I feel really excited because it’s our time to put all of our hard work and dedication to these next few show days. We’ve been practicing for months until dawn to perfect these dances.”
I-Dance is probably the most difficult art department in Independence. It encompasses many forms of dance, which makes it very difficult to get just right. Putting immense amount of time and effort is necessary, but physically draining. Having the dancers get the chance to present this in front of a substantially sized audience would be a great accomplishment.
“My expectations aren’t anything but to be completely blown away and awed!” Khang says.
By Enya Bours
SAT Club hosted its third annual college panel during lunch on Wednesday as a way to inform underclassmen of the college application process.
President Maxine Lui and Vice President Sukanya Mohapatra hosted the meeting, and on the panel were graduating seniors Justin Doan, Pauline Ong, Raymond Dinh, Juliann Trang, and Jennifer Nguyen as well as an Independence alumni, Alexander Nguyen. These students were admitted to schools such as University of Southern California, Emory University, and Carnegie Mellon University.
Around twenty eager students attended the college panel. The panelists covered topics such as AP courses, standardized testing, extracurriculars, applying for college, and then choosing one to commit to.
Their main pieces of advice were the following: