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Senior Class Council Takes a Look Back at Junior Prom to Begin Planning Senior Prom


Class Council’s main role as a club is to plan and execute one of the most highly anticipated events of the year; prom. This is a large task to take on, but Class Council is looking forward to hosting yet another successful prom.

Class Council hosted junior prom in May of last year, which ended up being an event liked by many.

Senior Class Council met and discussed feedback on junior prom in preparation for senior prom this year. They looked at data from last year in order to know where to begin in the planning process for this year’s senior prom. A majority of the data was positive, but there was some negative feedback.

Gracie McMillan, Senior Class Council President, said “the thing about doing such a large scale production is that obviously not everyone is going to be happy.”

The largest piece of negative feedback received was the decorations. Many people said the decorations were lacking, but this was because of a lack of fundraising interaction. Class Council hopes to up the decorations this year.

“So far this year we plan to expand the decor throughout the ballroom. Last year we had a more minimalist design in order to keep our ticket costs lower,” said Class Council Co-Advisor Peter Jones.

Despite the difficulty of catering to over 500 students, the choice of food seemed to please many. The plated meal at junior prom was a winner. Class Council concluded that the plated meal was a much better option than a buffet because people are more likely to eat when the food is plated and served to them.

Mazzone catered all of the food. McMillan said they hope to work with Mazzone again, “They were really great.”

The vegetarian option of spring rolls, however, was not such a crowd pleaser. That is another issue Class Council will address when it comes to planning for this year.

There were some mixed feelings on the DJ within Class Council and the students who attended prom. DJ Ketchup is a popular DJ around the area, so he was brought up in conversations. Jordan White, Senior Class Council Co-Advisor, said how he is typically very busy, so it would be difficult to book him.

Everything boils down to fundraising when it comes to planning an event this large. There are no specific fundraisers prepared yet, but the selling of senior class shirts at the end of last year will help offset the costs of prom.

“Hopefully people will be more inclined to join us for fundraisers in order to make our prom a little more interesting,” said McMillan.

Class Council put on a few fundraisers last year, including one at Blaze Pizza. They did not get as much engagement as they had hoped for.

“The fundraisers we did last year would be really fun, but a lot of people don’t really know about them or care enough,” said McMillan.

“Our goal for the year is to provide as many students as possible with a memorable prom experience. That involves trying to keep ticket prices as affordable as possible while also creating an atmosphere that does not feel like it was done on a budget,” said White.

“Rising food and labor costs make keeping a good budget challenging, but we will do our best,” said Jones.

Looking ahead in the year, Class Council wishes to get students more involved in fundraisers in order to have lower ticket prices and an even better prom than last year.

“I’m kind of hoping that the fact that it’s our last prom will make people a little bit more intrigued about it,” said McMillan.

The class of 2024 will be attending their last prom this spring. Senior Class Council has already begun working on ideas, themes, and improvements for prom.

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