Four Howland seniors as part of the service project for National Honor Society helped put together a wonderful night for local seniors on March 29 at Leo's Ristorante in Warren.
The four seniors - Samantha Santti, Mary Rostam, Harvest Radich and Ryan Morton - along with the help of Sally Mazey, the coordinator of the Senior Circle group at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, were able to put together a night to remember.
The dance held a theme of international travel and the assorted colors of tablecloths throughout the hall represented a difference city; white for the Swiss Alps, black for Spain, purple for Paris and blue for Greece.
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Howland High School seniors, from left, Mary Rostam, Ryan Morton, Harvest Radich and Samantha Santti, organized a dinner and dance for senior citizens from the Senior Circle at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
Lauren Wells, a fellow Howland student, awaited guests as they walked in to take their passport photo commemorating their trip.
The night started with the four Howland seniors giving brief speeches to the crowd and then dinner was served.
Following the meal, dancing duo Tom Luciani and Cindy Hlas, a former Howland Schools guidance counselor, kicked off the dancing with a few solo songs before the other attendees jumped in. In all, more than 200 guests attended the event.
The coordination of the event started as somewhat of a random endeavor according to Rostam. Harvest had been a longtime junior volunteer at Trumbull Memorial Hospital and served as the go between her fellow classmates and Sally Mazey.
Mazey said when Radich approached her about the idea her and fellow classmates were considering Mazey called it, "a serendipitous event" for how well it worked out for her Senior Circle program at the hospital.
Each member of the Howland National Honor Society is expected to do a service project and the group of these four seniors decided they wanted to go big with theirs. "We wanted something big. Something to be remembered," Morton said.
The four seniors did all the work themselves coordinating the event and all that went with it, including staying up late the night before baking dozens of cookies for the event.
"We thought it was a great opportunity to challenge ourselves and to work together as a group to create something great," Santti said.
Howland teacher and National Honor Society adviser Stephen Kovach was impressed at the job his students did.
"I'm really happy and pretty impressed with the magnitude of the event. They literally did everything on their own and it's a unique experience planning an idea and seeing it come to fruition," Kovach said.
When asked what they learned from the experience, they all agreed in unison with Radich's conclusion, "We saw how much work goes into planning an event and how important the details are."