I’m having a conflict of interest at the moment. The Stanley Cup Finals end in June, so what happens if there is a game on the night of prom?
Surely the NHL will not take into consideration the date of Niagara Falls High School’s prom celebration when making its schedule. So on the off chance a game is scheduled for May 26, well; some people would get upset at me for my plans for that night.
There is something you must understand about me; this whole prom thing doesn’t get me all that excited. You are talking to the kid that skipped out on homecoming last year for Game One of the World Series; and I see that decision as one of the prouder moments of my high school career.
The problem I have isn’t all that much of a dance thing; it’s more about everything else attached to prom. To be honest, I’m not a bad dancer for a Caucasian teenager, but it bothers me that prom isn’t about that three or four hours of dancing anymore.
People make a big deal out of prom. They will spend hundreds of dollars on dresses, limos, hotel rooms and God knows what else. People make entire weekends out of this. It’s amazing to me that prom went from a Friday night dance to a weekend of partying, craziness and sometimes camping in Canada. What?
So why can’t I watch a hockey game, right?
OK, so maybe it’s not about the hockey game, but I just don’t see what the big deal is. On the following Monday everyone will hate each other for some sort of limo problem or dinner seating conflict, and someone will get shafted and left out of plans. Not exactly the best setting to solidify those “Best Friends Forever” pledges, huh?
And oh, no! Someone will have the same dress as so-and-so, and the obligatory stare down will occur right before the class breaks out into the electric slide.
No, strike that, no prom ever goes down like the movies say. Prom really can’t be all that magical, honest. The snotty popular girl is not going to get fruit punch spilled on her, and the underdog will not win prom queen and have the king sweep her away into a life of luxury.
No, your prom is going to be filled with bad food, awkward dancing and a terrible DJ who will play nothing but straight hip hop and 1980s love ballads. Yep, that’s exactly what I have in my iPod, too.
Yep … that pretty much covers it. So of course that means I’m staying home, right?
No, I will be there, pinstriped suit and tie, all smiles as I bear with the chaos for four hours. Why? I’m not sure. Call it tradition, call it peer pressure, heck, call it my lack of leadership ability; it doesn’t matter much. I will be there and will more than likely have a good time. It’s the American way.
However, if by some wacky coincidence there is a game that fateful night, the Adam’s Mark better get that broadcast. I have a feeling I won’t be the only one in my senior class watching that game. I can’t be the only one who is completely insane right? Right?
— Ryan Nagelhout
Every girl feels like Cinderella on her prom night. From perfect hair and makeup to perfect attire, girls have an enchanted evening to look forward to.
For months in advance, girls are perusing teen magazines for the latest trend that suits their personality and sense of style. During this time, girls spend countless hours consulting fashion magazines and others for the ideal look. Friendships are strengthened as girls discuss their fairy-tale evening.
In every school there is the tradition of selecting a prom king and prom queen to preside over the formal. Students strive to look their best in hopes they may be selected. Along with selecting a king and queen, students also vote for the prom song and theme. Many girls decide which dress evokes the mood of their school’s theme.
Hair and nail appointments, limo reservations, corsage orders and tux rentals are costly expenses. However, they are well worth the investment.
With prom as the last event of students high school career, attending is a memorable experience. Dancing the night away with friends and sharing one last moment together is priceless.
— Katie McGowan
High school students debate the importance of prom
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