First year, Political Science/History major
From March 16th until March 20th, the Student Honors Organization (SHO) ran Harry Potter week. This fun-filled series of events consisted of, among other things, a live performance by a magician, arts and crafts (“witch crafting”), and a final Yule Ball. In the Harry Potter series, the Yule Ball is a formal dance held during the Christmas season the year of a Triwizard Tournament. This mystical night was realized by SHO this past Friday night in the Graham Gallery. Guests strolled along the balloon-laden balcony to the tune of the wistful Harry Potter
soundtrack. Upon entering the dimly lit room, young witches and wizards were greeted by décor resembling that of Hogwarts’ famed Great Hall: ornate centerpieces and remarkably authentic wands decorated the wooden tables while eerie candles and golden snitches lined the looming white walls. A plethora of snacks laid atop a table, and in the background miscreant wizards took pictures within a faux newspaper headline frame that read, “Have you seen this wizard?”
This occasion is just one example of the many exciting events put on by SHO during the year. Other fun events have included Pie Your RA, Luminaire (an art show) and Sundaes on Sunday, all of which include lots of free food. SHO is divided into three committees (Academic, Social and Residential), each of which put on two events per month. Every year, the officers of SHO appoint an executive board to organize and execute these events. These individuals represent an array of interests and passions, as does the entirety of the Honors Program.
One of this year’s executive board members, Marina Masterson, grew immensely while serving on SHO this year. Masterson, who will be the President of SHO next year, has high hopes for next year’s Executive Board.
What was your favorite part about Harry Potter week?
My favorite event of Harry Potter Week was definitely the Yule Ball! My committee worked hard on the decorations, and seeing them bring the Wizarding World to life was so rewarding! The group we had working the
event was incredibly efficient, allowing the event to run smoothly and everyone to have fun. The magic puns throughout the week were also WANDerful!
What is your favorite part about SHO?
This is by far the hardest question to answer, because there’s not one part of SHO that I can designate as my favorite. At the top of the list are the people, opportunities, and responsibility. The exec. members, officers, and
guests at our events are the reason I love SHO and put in the long hours it sometimes requires. At the same time, the opportunities and responsibilities it has provided have allowed me to develop professionally and personally into a campus leader. I also like the SHO puns. A lot.
Do you have any other big plans for SHO in the future?
I am so excited for the direction SHO is moving in. After speaking with a lot of general body members and my future officers, we’ve decided that SHO is going to transition from a lax group putting cookies out in commons to an organization that provides professional, personal and social development. We plan to hold leadership workshops promoting professionalism. More social events that allow Honors gators to showcase their individuality and talents is also an intention. However, our main goal is unification. We want more communication between non-Hume Honors gators, between SHO Exec. and the general body and between ourselves and the other clubs within Honors. I’m confident the board will be able to deliver incredible things next year, and we’re all very excited!