On Jan. 17, Whitney High School faculty came together to hold their annual Faculty Follies event. One of the most popular events every year, Faculty Follies is held to raise money for senior scholarships.
For $3, students saw performances and parodies by teachers. Teachers of all departments participated in parodies of famous singers, made skits, and danced to contemporary songs. A particularly memorable moment was when a couple male teachers crossdressed and lip synced to Miley Cyrus’ hit, “Wrecking Ball.”
One of the most popular acts was “The Year 3000.” In this part of the show, which referenced the long-running skit from “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” three teachers spoke in a purposeful and mysterious monotone and spoke of what they anticipated in the year 3000. This segment was especially entertaining for seniors because the teachers lightly teased members of their class that they have known for over four years. For example, teachers would call out funny habits or memorable events from the past.
“I think teachers do this event not only for senior scholarships but to get closer with the students,” said Eleanor Cho, a senior, in an interview.
“Students always talk nonstop about Faculty Follies afterwards and it’s super fun because it shows different sides of teachers we would have never expected,” she explained. “It’s definitely one of the most in-demand school events of the year.”
Yen Tseng, a Physics teacher at Whitney, told JSR why he participates in the show.
“I think for the majority of us,” Tseng said, “it’s just to see us in a different perspective. You know, outside of the classroom we’re not that weird and we’re pretty normal, outgoing, and fun.”
The event ended with an applause of appreciation from the students and words of good luck from the teachers. Faculty Follies is a refreshing event that not only raises helpful funds for graduating seniors but also creates a warm atmosphere for students and teachers school wide.