Fathers and daughters go to the carnival


The Catalyst / Dayna Sockol

NDB students and their dads pose for a photo at the annual Father Daughter Dance.

The NDB Mother’s Club held their annual Father Daughter Dance on Saturday, October 8 in the Father Downey Garden. This year’s theme was “Fall Carnival”, and the dads and daughters danced and showed their competitive side through carnival games.

Throughout the night, the girls danced with their dads and played games that were set up in booths in the Father Downey Garden. The games included whack-a-mole, football throwing, crossbow shooting, golf and many more.

“The dance exceeded my expectations,” said senior Ciara Kingham. “There were so many things to do and it felt like a real carnival. Even though the line was the longest for the crossbow, it was still my favorite game.”

Epicurean provided hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders and tater tots, and there were plenty of treats such as candy and snow cones, and it would not be a true carnival without cotton candy.

The special guest of the night was an entertainer on stilts who wore an extravagant costume, mingling and posing with guests.

“The best part of the night was taking pictures at the photo booth and eating the cotton candy and snow cones,” said junior Caitlin Degnan.

Raffles were held every 30 minutes, and girls and their dads won gift certificates to popular stores and nail salons.

“I really liked how it was a carnival instead of a dance because it was more fun and there were more activities,” shared junior Reese Lancaster. “My favorite part was the raffle because it made the games more competitive and was a good way to bond and work together with our dads.”

Students appreciated the opportunity to spend time with their dads and friends and the hard work of the NDB Mother’s Club.

Attendees enjoyed their experience at this year’s Father Daughter Dance and are looking forward to attending again next year.