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Giant effort makes prom magic

By: Peyton McNorton

The tuxedo and dress are ready, flowers are ordered and plans with friends are set. Prom 2019 is tomorrow, May 4th.

To make an event like prom happen, the prom committee, a group of students and faculty advisors, have worked behind the scenes for months, even years, planning and holding fundraising events.

Leonard Richards, WHS government teacher and senior class sponsor, says he is really looking forward to watching these students enjoy their hard work paying off tomorrow night.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing those seniors that worked really hard throughout their four years,” Richards said. “I want these seniors to have fun at prom because this is their last dance that they will have in high school.”.

Although prom can be fun, it can cost a lot. The senior class saved their money and held fundraisers throughout high school. This year’s senior class students started out with no money, but then raised money by doing many fundraisers.

“We have been working really hard and have raised thousands of dollars, which is pretty awesome,” said Tate Snyder, a senior who has been working on prom. “We already bought the props and it’s better than last years prom, so I’m excited to see the final look.”

Sarah Joachim, a senior helping out with prom, also thinks the fundraisers have gone well.

“I mean we have charged people to paint their parking spots, asked for donations, and held a car wash,” Joachim said. “That car wash fundraiser was so successful that we raised around $5,000, I believe.”

According to Joachim and Snyder, prom preparation have also gone well. They and a group of other students will be setting up the decorations Friday night and Saturday morning.

“I’m really looking forward to the pictures and dancing,” Joachim said. “I’m also excited to see the decorations the other senior’s and I put up.”

Snyder is most excited about spending the evening enjoying all the hard work he and his friends have put into planning prom.

“I’m just really excited to be with my friends,” Snyder said. “I’m also excited to see all of the hard work that my friends and I put into planning prom.”

Richards said he he wants prom to have more investment from other classes and other individuals in the building in the years to come.

“Prom should be a school event, not just a senior event,” Richards said. “Everybody should take part in it.”

Students involved in the planning process have attended other proms at local schools, so they have some suggestions on what they would change about WHS prom for rising seniors in the years ahead.

“I would change to no cutting of the wristbands,” Joachim said. “Another thing I would change is that the dancing should be less strict, because they are super strict about it and it’s almost never fun because of that.”

Snyder went to Riverheads High School prom on April 19. He thought their prom was fun, but Snyder didn’t like how few people went to prom.

“At Riverheads prom, everybody just stands around and talks,” Snyder said. “I like Waynesboro’s prom because more people are dancing.”

As in the past, a central event at prom is announcing the Royal Court. This year senior class sponsor Keith Smith asked WHS teachers to nominate a group of students that demonstrate qualities of character for Prom Royal Court. The 2015-16 prom committee defines character as students who exhibit “core ethical values such as caring, honesty, kindness, fairness, responsibility and respect for self and others.” Seniors voted on the prom Prince and Princess, so the Royal Court winners will be announced during prom.

Snyder was excited that he was selected as one of the nominees for Prince. Several of his friends were also nominated for prom Prince and Princess.

As seniors are getting ready to graduate, Joachim and Snyder have some advice for underclassmen students who may attend prom next year.

“I would tell them to make sure they have everything ready before hand,” Joachim said. “It can get stressful trying to get everything together at the last minute.”

Snyder has some advice for WHS students.

“Just go with friends and don’t skip prom,” Snyder said. “Get the experience of what’s it like taking pictures with friends, going out to dinner, and dancing.”

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