With great anticipation and excitement, family and friends lined up outside of the Roberts-Reinke Auditorium Saturday, March 21 waiting for the unveiling of this year’s prom.
By Amy Wolf | For The Record
With great anticipation and excitement, family and friends lined up outside of the Roberts-Reinke Auditorium Saturday, March 21 waiting for the unveiling of this year’s prom. Once the doors opened, the audience was brought into a dream world of castles and clouds, blue and purple pastels and a walkway worthy of royalty. The large “2015” peaking through from the clouds also made the onlookers feel as if they were floating in a destination far from that of a school gymnasium.
Months of planning and days of preparation had taken place to make this day possible for the students and their supportive community members. Help came from all sides as parents, students, teachers, and supporters donated their ideas, time, money and materials to make this day a success.
The day started early for many of these kids as they began the process of readying themselves for the long day ahead. Janel Johnson Photography who provided many of the pictures seen alongside this article met couples at the school to take professional portraits. Next came a quick bite to eat and maybe a few drags on Main Street before gathering at the gym for group pictures, some bonding time with Adams County’s finest law enforcement officers and lining up for the grand march.
Ushers included Madison Warbis and Vivian Robertson with “little ushers” Gabby Dix, Emma Jorda, Logan Ebert and Jaron Frank. Dave Erickson was the master of ceremonies for the grand march which started at 8:00 p.m. As music played in the background, further bringing alive the whimsical mood in the auditorium, each couple presented themselves to the audience. Once everyone had formally walked through, round two began. The second walk-through is a tradition that saw its tenth anniversary this year and has become a favorite to many spectators as the imagination and level of complexity have grown year after year.
This year’s second walk-through was no different as it was kicked off with a “Happy Early B-day” complete with singing to Kathleen Thompson and Sophia Kennedy by Kayla Chadwick, Lizzie Thompson and Katie Wolff. Piggy-back rides, sibling pair-offs, stage-dives, girl power, an engagement and happily ever afters completed the fun-filled tradition, with cheers and laughter filling the entire room.
After friends and family were allowed ample time to meet, greet, and photograph the couples, the dance began with K-Hook as D.J. The students enjoyed refreshments, games, entertainment and of course hours of dancing before their wildest dreams had to be put to rest. The 2015 Junior Prom was a great success with special thanks going to the families, friends and community for their attendance and a special thanks to Ms. Dunn, Mrs. Kugel, and Mrs. Mayer for the guidance and support they provided to the students in making such a magical night a reality.