Students were bombarded by the scent of fresh fuschia and violet flowers on their ways to advisory the morning of Valentine’s Day.
This year, students were able to participate in the annual tradition of sending carnations and roses to friends and “special someones” for Valentine’s Day.
“SAC Valentine’s flowers provide an opportunity for people who can’t go out and buy cards to say I love you,” Head Prefect Guan Chen said.
SAC representatives sold over one thousand carnations and roses during lunch, Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 in the Mini-Quad.
“In the past, we’ve sold flowers in the cafeteria, and that’s been a mess,” Guan said. “The flowers were really popular this year because of the location.”
This year, SAC printed 200 cards for roses and 200 for carnations but ran out of cards within ten minutes. Some students bought up to twenty flowers.
“It’s always surprised me how popular this is each year, but this year we sold 500 flowers the first day and 600 the second day,” Guan said.
“Sending Valentine’s flowers is a great way to show support and friendship for your classmates,” freshman SAC representative Amy Dong said.
Though students are supposed to write their real names on their cards, there is some controversy as to whether anonymous flowers should be allowed.
“There’s always the risk of people sending cards from other people’s names,” Guan said. “We try to be as careful and as thorough as we can. If there’s anything blatantly offensive, we toss it out, just to be safe.”
After selling the flowers, SAC representatives spent from 2:45 to 6:00 the day before Valentine’s Day buying, sorting and assembling them.
“There’s a lot of work behind the flowers, but it’s worth it,” sophomore SAC representative Akshay Jaggi said.
This year, the representatives bought carnations and roses from Costco. Prices for the flowers were determined by the cost of the flowers at the store.
“We buy the flowers the day before so that they’re fresh,” Guan said. “And after we buy them, we go through all the cards, make sure there’s nothing profane, hole-punch them, and stick them onto flowers.”
At around 7:15 on Valentine’s Day, all SAC representatives arrived to deliver flowers outside the doors of advisories.
“We love playing cupid and bringing people together,” junior representative Jo Chen said.
Occasionally, teachers send flowers to other teachers, or students send flowers to teachers. Students often include messages like “You’ve been a great advisor.”
“The flowers really show how the St. John’s community is a family and filled with unity,” said freshman Saul Malek.
While many enjoyed the flowers, others were concerned about the exclusion that may have resulted.
“I don’t like Valentine’s flowers because they’re discriminatory against most people since the more popular people usually get them,” junior Andrei Osypov said.
Overall, though, students enjoy the flowers and feel that they communicate the spirit of Valentine’s Day.
“I was so excited to be able to send flowers to people because I absolutely love Valentine’s day! It is my favorite holiday!” freshman Claire Gorman said.
“Buying flowers gives everyone a chance to show their appreciation for their school, for their friends, and for their loved ones,” Guan said.