By: Sam Mueller and Arya Sharma
Biotech saw its second Boys’ Night Out event on Friday, March 24, along with the longtime BTHS tradition of Girls’ Night Out. All guys were welcome to stay after school, and for $7, gained access to pizza and unlimited snacks and drinks.
Video games lined the hall leading into the MPR like Biotech had never seen before. TVs, projectors, and computers brought a great environment to the area. There was even a proper man cave set up, shielded from the rest of the school. Biotech’s male gamers couldn’t be happier.
Doubters worried about rain, but the Friday afternoon only grew nicer as the day progressed. Testosterone filled the spring air as basketball and soccer games raged on. An upperclassmen vs. underclassmen football game, with Mr. Evancho and Mr. Martin as quarterbacks, took place on the back fields.
The girls arrived for dinner time and everyone sat down together, enjoying a mix of pizza, pasta, and more. At 7, the boys cleared out, and the girls had Biotech to themselves for the night.
The girls had a plethora of activities that were planned for them by the GNO committee. First on the list was Serena DiMaso, the night’s keynote speaker. She talked to the girls about her struggles as a woman in politics, how she maintained a balance between her family and career, and how she grapples with people who didn’t believe in her. It was quite inspirational, and she gave out stress balls to the girls at the end of the discussion..
The girls had some time to chill out and take some pictures with huge balloons that spelled "GNO"before moving into rotations. Girls had the choice of getting henna done, making hemp bracelets with Ms. Engstrom, doing Zumba to fun and upbeat music, and singing karaoke. The most popular rotation was definitely the henna; by the end, everyone, including Mrs. Siter and Mr. Meehan, were in on the craze.
The next activity, dessert was definitely the highlight of the night. The MPR was filled with treats such as a sundae bar, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, fruit, and a huge chocolate cake. As the girls were finishing up dessert, the GNO committee started to explain the rules of the next activity: the fashion show.
Girls were split into groups, and each group received a bag full of supplies necessary to complete the challenge.
SOS held a clothing drive so that the girls could use some of the clothes; however, it was decided that the clothes would be more helpful if they were donated instead of cut up. The clothing drive will continue until April 7th, so please remember to do your spring cleaning and bring any clothes to the front of the lobby!
The final activity of the night was a self-defense class. Even though it was 12 AM, everyone was fully awake and ready to demolish anyone who stood in their way. The girls learned valuable moves and safety tips that they can take with them in the real world.
Congratulations to the BNO and GNO committee for planning a successful night, and we hope to see everyone again next year!