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Students Mentally Suit Up for Prom

Models in the 2016 Prom Fashion Show pose for a picture. (Photo: Mr. Spees/Photography & Art Teacher @ WHS)

Models in the 2016 Prom Fashion Show pose for a picture. (Photo: Mr. Spees/Photography & Art Teacher @ WHS)

by Dalton Lafferty, Technology Manager

Springtime brings with it a lot of challenges for high school students: cabin fever due to multiple snow days, senioritis, graduation, and the seemingly most important, finding a date to prom. Extravagant “promposals” have increasingly become the norm and have become expected. Promposals are not the only extravagant thing about prom though. Some dresses can cost upwards of $800, and tickets alone cost $80 per couple if purchased at the door.

“I think it’s [prom’s] worth it,” said Victoria Porter, a senior at WHS. “I definitely think that all the money you put into it is worth it.” She also said “I don’t think I would spend more than $350 on a dress, but I think you can spend more on your senior dress.”

Junior Grace Dyer said “I think it’s worth the forty [dollar ticket price] before you get to the door, but I would not pay eighty dollars at the door.”

Both Porter and Dyer, however, do agree that they shop for a dress based on how it looks.

“We’ve been to two different places and we’ve probably tried on thirty dresses, maybe forty,” said Dyer.

Although the process is tiring, Dyer and Porter say they thoroughly enjoy it. On prom day, the routine for Porter goes as follows “I actually hang out for a little while, then I get my hair done at like 12:30. [I] get lunch, do my makeup, get ready, go to pictures. I don’t really do that much.”

Dyer agreed to disagree on how long the process takes. “My hair [alone], I take so long,” she said.

Prom, which only Juniors and Seniors may attend without an invitation, may seem similar to Homecoming, which all grades may attend without invitation, but the girls look forward to prom more.

“I look forward to prom more because I like long dresses and dressing up more,” said Dyer.

Porter said “I like the atmosphere at prom better than I do homecoming.”

Both dances require packets to be filled out for admission, but the packet for prom is more extensive. The packet includes permission from parents to attend the dances, and the prom packet includes separate pages for bringing a date from another high school, college or the workforce.

“I think the forms for bringing someone from a different school or bringing someone from college, they’re a little really detailed,” said Porter.

“Getting a principal’s signature, that’s kind of challenging,” agrees Dyer. She and Porter do understand why it happens. “We don’t want some sketchy people in our school,” said Dyer.

“I think it’s a really long process we shouldn’t have to go through,” Porter said. “I [do] understand why we do it [though].”

Junior Angelica Martinez is looking forward to prom.. “I’m definitely excited for prom! It’s a really fun way to enjoy yourself and friends,” said Martinez.

“I am looking forward to an awesome time and good music. I’ve heard a lot of negative comments about what is being chosen and declined to be played and really hope that what will be played is good and enjoyable,” said senior Jayna Jean-Jules.

Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Barber, senior co-sponsors, started planning for 2016’s prom the week after 2015’s prom. They had to schedule the venue, the DJ, and take advantage of seasonal sales on decorating supplies. Once the school year starts and the hustle and bustle of spirit week and homecoming is over, the prom committee is formed. They come up with a theme, colors, ticket designs and food choices. The sponsors also review the budget and how much money the class has to see how much fundraising needs to be done.

The sponsors would like students to be aware of some things as prom approaches. Prom tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, April 20th. If a student’s name appears on the fees owed list they will not be able to purchase a ticket until those items have been returned or paid for. Students will receive a prom packet which will include paperwork that must be returned in order to purchase tickets. Thursday, March 12th is the deadline for purchasing pre-sale tickets. Ticket prices go up significantly if tickets are purchased at the door so students are encouraged to plan ahead. Absolutely no tickets will be sold on Friday, May 13th.

“Our goal is to have a fun, safe and memorable prom,” said Johnson.

This year the class of 2016’s prom is on Saturday, May 14th. The theme is “A Black and White Affair”, and the prom committee is working on collaborating a playlist for the music to be played. The GiantWord staff is also putting together a promposal contest. Tweet a picture of your promposal to @GiantwordWhs or send a snap of your promposal to giantword for a chance to win prom prizes.

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