Michaela Boatright, left, a Moffat County High School freshmen, and Jessi Scott look at high heels to match the outfits they were trying on for the homecoming dance. The girls will be going to Saturday's dance with a group of friends instead of with dates because it's more fun that way, they said.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

Michaela Boatright, left, a Moffat County High School freshmen, and Jessi Scott look at high heels to match the outfits they were trying on for the homecoming dance. The girls will be going to Saturday's dance with a group of friends instead of with dates because it's more fun that way, they said.

High school girls share excitement for homecoming dance

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Jessi Scott, 15, looks at options for a homecoming dress at Maurices on Wednesday. Scott is a freshmen and will attend her first homecoming dance Saturday night.

There was a point when 15-year-old Jessi Scott thought about wearing jeans to the 2009 Moffat County High School homecoming dance.

"I just could not find a dress," she said from behind the doors of a dressing room at Maurices, as she tried on different outfits for the Saturday night affair.

The masquerade-themed dance will take place at 9 p.m. Saturday in the commons area, and all high school students and pre-approved guests are invited.

Scott said she and her friends probably won't figure out what they're going to wear until their get-together before the dance.

"I was going to go with this guy, but he ended up going with someone else," Scott said. "But, that's OK. I think it's more along the lines of going out with your friends and having fun."

One of Scott's best friends, Michaela Boatright, 14, was also at Maurices trying on outfits.

Her mother, Betta Boatright, watched as her daughter came out of the dressing room in a shimmering blue dress, complete with a sequined blazer, along with Scott wearing a floor-length magenta gown.

"Those aren't 14-year-old girls," she said, watching the girls picking out high heels to go with their outfits. "Michaela is really excited, though. They're all going to one girl's house beforehand, and I think that's way more fun than dates, anyways."

Some students were hoping to spend time with their significant others at the dance.

Last year, 15-year-old Mackenzie Griffin didn't have the best experience.

She had an injured ankle and couldn't dance with her cast on.

But this year will be different, she said.

She started dating her boyfriend in November 2008 and is excited to don her pink dress with a zebra-print overlay and walk through the lighted archway into the commons area.

"I just like getting all dressed up," she said.

But as a member of student council, Griffin had a lot more work to do than just picking out her dress.

From purchasing more than $600 worth of decorations, to spending almost a full day decorating the commons area this morning, the dance committee has put in a lot of time to make the dance a night to remember for their fellow students.

At a Monday night meeting to go over decorations, many student council members had dark circles under their eyes from the stress of homecoming week and schoolwork.

Sophomore Kirstie McPherson said she was looking forward to the three hours during the dance that she wouldn't have to be responsible for anything.

"I'm going to be so glad when I wake up and this week is over," she said.

McPherson, who is a co-chairperson of the dance committee, said the enthusiasm for the dance was mostly one-sided.

"The girls get really into it," she said. "We all love to dress up. The guys, well,

they just try not to look as scummy as normal."

Outside the dressing room at Maurices, Betta Boatright heard her daughter call her over.

"Hey Mom," Michaela said. "Please? I'll pay you back."

The door opened to reveal Michaela in a red satin halter-top, grinning hopefully because she knew she had found the dress she wanted.

Betta smiled.

"I'll think about it," she said. "We'll see."

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