Tonight, Dalat will continue an iconic tradition that has been a part of the Dalat experience for more than 50 years: the Junior Senior Banquet (JSB). I thought it would be worthwhile to take time this week to talk about this important and fun event.
JSB is a wonderful event put together by the Junior Class for the graduating seniors. Over the years, a number of traditions have become part of the JSB. The night itself has a theme and this has been a part of the evening since its beginning. Some of the themes from previous JSBs include An Evening in Paris (1984), Rock Around the Clock (1991), Winter Wonderland (2004), The Amazing Race (2007), A Journey to Neverland (2015), and Sherlock Holmes (2018). Traditionally the theme itself is a secret that is only revealed once the seniors arrive at the banquet. Students also ask each other to the banquet in creative and unique ways, and we have enjoyed seeing fun “askings” over the last few weeks.
Not only will JSB return this year, it will also be held in Harbor Hall for the first time. The juniors have been working hard on organizing the event for months, and have spent the last few days diligently decorating the hall with the theme of the night. The evening consists of dinner, entertainment by the Junior Class, tributes to each senior, lots of pictures, and a gift by which to remember the evening.
If you talk to any alumnus from Dalat, he or she will tell you in detail what the JSB was like for them as a senior, but then go into even greater detail telling you all about the JSB his or her class hosted as juniors. The event itself is full of memories that will last a lifetime. More importantly for the Junior Class, it also becomes an event that can have a positive impact on them for life. From my perspective, one of the best parts of the JSB is all the “Education for Life” that is happening as these young men and women work countless hours together, putting on an event that is about something more important than themselves. The proverbial ‘blood, sweat, and tears’ are shed to honor other students. The Junior Class works hard and the JSB becomes an event that bonds the students and class together. It is an accomplishment they can be proud of and something they will talk about at class reunions in the future. We can’t wait to see the culmination of the hard work this year’s juniors have put in for tonight’s event.
Written by KARL STEINKAMP
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