Local high schools prepare for prom
April is said to bring showers — it is also high school prom season.
Pekin High School’s 2012 prom was memorable for storms with high winds that sent everyone to the school’s basement at 9:45 p.m. for an hour. A power outage canceled the rest of the evening’s activities, and some were made up later in the week.
This year, Pekin junior students are planning a memorable prom based on activities for the evening of April 13, with the theme, Luxurious Voyage in the high school gym.
The junior class has invested in new decorations, new materials and a new installation process, creating part of the ship, Titanic emerging from a wall.
Phat Daddy’s of Marengo will cater Pekin’s prom. So, for the first time in years, parents and school staff are relieved of food duties. Freshman will serve the menu from a formal buffet. Entertainment will be provided at the banquet.
Along with a change in food preparation, the junior committees explored new ideas for prom favors. Instead of traditional glasses, the juniors decided to offer personalized photo frames as prom favors. The frames will include the prom theme, school name and date.
Another big change is a decision collaborated by sponsors and school administration.
In the past, students have been able to attend the promenade at the school, then leave if not attending the banquet, and return for the dance portion of prom. The leaving and returning has become a safety issue, especially in light of the severe weather last year. Some students were traveling to return to school when the storm hit.
To prevent this safety issue or others, administrators requested a schedule that allows students to arrive and remain in the building for the duration of prom.
This year’s prom features the banquet first, at 6 p.m. followed by the promenade in the elementary school gym, after the meal.
If students choose not to eat at prom, they will arrive for the promenade and stay in the building because the dance begins after promenade, from 9 p.m. to midnight.
As students arrive, their entrances will be live-streamed online and on a screen in the gym during social hour, 5:30-6 p.m.
After Prom, planned by the senior class, also is in the high school gym.
Van Buren and Cardinal high schools both have prom on April 20.
Van Buren High School is holding prom at Roberts Memorial Center in Keosauqua from 7:30 p.m. to midnight.
A prom parade in vehicles begins at 7 p.m. near Barker Wire Products to the Roberts Memorial Center. Students have paraded in classic and vintage cars to farm equipment while showing off their evening finery.
The center will be decorated in black, gold and silver, with the theme Forever Tonight. David Owens will play the music at the dance.
After Prom, sponsored by the junior class parents, is held in the high school gym, featuring games, prizes, food and more.
Out-of-school dates should be registered in the high school office by April 17.
Cardinal High School will depict the theme Far Away with castles and the colors burgundy, pink and silver.
Prom’s Grand March begins at 7:15 p.m. in the high school gym, with prom held there from 8-11 p.m.
After Prom follows the dance, planned by the junior class to include a hypnotist, a mechanical bull, laser tag, other games and food.