Since everyone was split up in their different groups, there were different experiences for everyone before prom. One story came from Molly Munsinger. She stated that once they hit the freeway, traffic became a problem. “It was awkward and fun waving to everyone around us in traffic, but there was a little discomfort thinking that we may not make our reservations.” The juniors seemed to have smooth sailing to their dinner party, and of course, those being served at home were very comfortable.
Finally, it was time for Prom to begin! People started trickling in a little after 8, and the juniors watched the seniors’ reactions to the prom theme they had used to decorate the gym--Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Senior Kenzy Vedder was excited for the theme, saying, “It was a great idea! I was hopeful that there would be a chocolate river.”
Other seniors and juniors had similar thoughts. Hannah Kruse stated, “The lights were really pretty,” and Karissa Durbin said, “The juniors did a really good job with decorating this year.” With the gym doors open, the juniors created a tunnel illusion, so when the prom-goers entered, it was like being on the crazy ride from the movie, opening up into the land full of candy. There were refreshments off to the side, with punch, while the big tree from the movie filled the center of the room.
Later that night, around 10:45, seniors were asked to gather in the cafeteria for the traditional “walking down,” as Maddie Fleer, Lauren Bergner, or Erin Scheer read the names and fun facts about each of the seniors. After all of them lined up in the front, the Prom King and Queen were announced. This year, Bethany Schenck was voted queen, and Willy Schejbal was crowned king.
While there was a lot of cheering for our local royalty, there was also laughter for our cute crown bearer, Journie Buwalda. “The most memorable part of the night was Journie walking around in circles, instead of delivering the crown with Hunter,” stated big brother, Jon Stone.
The seniors took their last dances on the gym floor, and one by one, students started leaving and going their separate ways. Hopefully, prom can be as successful next year as it was this year.