Every year before Prom, it’s the same: The mall is packed with girls shopping for dresses and frantically getting their nails and hair done, too. The guys buy the tickets and some even make preparations to have a limo ready for Prom night, but many put off renting a tuxedo until the last minute.
It’s just the excited, last-minute frenzy most people take for granted; however, the planning that goes into Prom is anything but last-minute – that’s the aspect of this elegant dance most Fairmont students don’t think about.
As Prom night grows closer, anticipation builds throughout Fairmont High School. The Junior Class Council is always in charge of planning for Prom and came up with a list of different theme ideas. The juniors narrowed it down to the five best themes, and the Senior Class Council voted on those themes, ultimately determining this year’s theme: Cirque du Fairmont.
Junior Class Council committees are now getting ready for Prom with each council member on a different committee, working hard to transform Trent Arena into something more akin to Cirque du Soleil’s magical circus ring. “I’m on the committee in charge of decorating the lobbies and entry way,” said junior Rachel Herman.
As with any dance, pictures are a pivotal part of the night’s festivities. Fairmont actually contracts with Lifetouch, which covers all major school events. Lifetouch manages the photography that will be available from start to finish of the dance; order forms will be kept in the Activities Office and offered during ticket sales.
As Herman notes, though, parents enjoy taking pictures on their own, too. She offers advice to students who are at the mercy of overzealous parents: “Just keep smiling; it’ll be over soon.”
Fairmont students are looking forward to more than just the actual dance, however. They’re also looking forward to After Prom, which will be from 11:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. “I’m most excited for After Prom because of all the food and games. I’m really looking forward to having a good time,” said junior Ben Gilbert, who’s on Junior Class Council and is in charge of decorating Trent.
Tickets to Prom, which cost $20 each, are on sale at lunch through Friday. After Prom tickets are $12.50 each and also can be purchased at lunch.
The big weekend gets under way on Saturday, May 5. “We’ll open the doors at seven and the dance will end at midnight,” said Junior Class Council Adviser Corey Wilson. As Prom winds down at Trent, After-Prom will be gearing up in the other Fairmont gyms and Commons area.