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Dancing, Dresses, & Dates: It’s Prom Season

Picture this: a grand ballroom filled with twinkly decor, greenery, colorful lights, and everyone dressed in their most formal attire. This is the Upper Division Ball, also known as prom.  We all know the cheesy scenes in every high school movie about this magical night called prom. Yet, no current students have experienced a prom […]

Picture this: a grand ballroom filled with twinkly decor, greenery, colorful lights, and everyone dressed in their most formal attire. This is the Upper Division Ball, also known as prom. 

We all know the cheesy scenes in every high school movie about this magical night called prom. Yet, no current students have experienced a prom at Christian Brothers. The closest thing we have had to a prom is Homecoming, but those are truly two completely different nights. 

“Prom is a celebration of being an upperclassmen,” Assistant Dean of Student Life Mrs. Cecilia Powers says. 

Prom falls on May 14th, the weekend right before finals. This gives the upperclassmen a chance to have fun before the dreaded finals week. 

This event is an offsite dance where students are expected to wear formal attire such as tuxedos, suits, and long dresses. Dinner is included along with a night full of dancing and casino games. 

“We do try to make it more of a sophisticated event, and we do like to include the dinner because it’s a way for the school community, juniors, and seniors to come together and make it an evening together,” says Mrs. Powers 

Although we do not have the cliché prom king and queen, CB still has some traditions that make the event stand out from others. 

“We do begin the evening with a prayer before the meal. We added the casino games a few years ago to broaden the experience for people who may not want to dance the entire time or at all,” Mrs. Powers mentioned. “It gives them a way to have fun and interact with each other.” 

Prom is a student planned event — upperclassmen plan everything, from the theme, to decorations, to the music. Yet even with the event mainly being planned by students, people still do not know what to expect for what the evening will be like. 

“I don’t know what to expect for prom aside from knowing that it is a formal event,” says Jack Vicari (‘23). 

Since students have never experienced a prom, the expectations follow around the idea of it being like homecoming. Yet, anticipation and excitement for the event is still high since it is our first prom. 

“I am really looking forward to dressing up, getting my hair and nails done, and dancing with all my friends.” says Alani Wong (‘23)

Along with dressing up, our theme for this year’s prom is Enchanted Forest under the stars. 

“An enchanted starry forest is gonna have lots of twinkle lights in our centerpieces and sort of greenery and moss and lots of green and white lights up on the walls,” says Mrs. Powers

The students who plan prom and student council want to put their best foot forward in making this a great night for the students. 

“What we envision is something magical, and I hope we can make that a reality,” says ASB Secretary Maddie McDougall (‘23)

However, everyone fears that with a night so perfect, something has to go wrong. A recurring theme surrounding prom aside from who’s going to go with whom is how the music is going to be for the evening. I think a lot of students can agree that school dances fail to have good music taste.

“I am honestly most anxious about the music and falling in my heels,” mentioned Alani. 

“I am not that anxious about anything aside from the music being awful,” Sam Strachan (‘23) shared

“Honestly, I am pretty sure the music will not be the best,” Jack stated. 

But Mrs. Powers is able to calm those fears.

“We have had students and ASB members creating many playlists for the evening that everyone will enjoy.” 

Prom is an event for upper division students to have a formal night with their significant other or friends and come together as a community. Aside from this, students’ only impression of prom are the scenes we have seen in many high school movies. There is a general idea of how the night will play out, but aside from dinner, dancing, and casino games, the only thing left is actually experiencing the night for ourselves. 

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