A promising night

Freedom holds its annual junior senior prom

Madison Snavely, Asst. Features Editor

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On May 10, 95 couples and other students attended Freedom’s annual prom to dance the night away. Tickets went on sale to students on April 15, with many lining up outside of junior class sponsor John Rosa’s classroom. Junior class officers treasurer Casey Collins, secretary Natalie Dubovi, vice president Max Ujhazy and president Matthew Levenson spent most of the year planning for this event, choosing the theme, ordering decorations and turning it into the great success it became.

During the week of May 6, the class officers, aided by a group of selected juniors, helped decorate the auditorium stage for Grand March, an event in which prom couples walk down the stage, showing off their prom looks. The stage was soon transformed from an empty space to a sparkling night at a casino. The theme, Two of a Kind, based upon a night at a casino, was demonstrated through many of the decorations on display. The arch that couples walked through represented a roulette wheel that can be found in a casino. Other decorations featured gambling chips, dice, playing cards and a large sign that said “casino.” Everything on the stage sparkled, whether it was from string lights or the spotlights.

Soon later, prom day finally arrived. Several attendees spent the day at hair appointments, makeup appointments and went through other measures to achieve the look they desired. Prom dresses, tuxedos and other attire were worn by several of the attendees. Prom goers arrived at the school early, as the auditorium doors opened at 6:30 p.m. for family and friends alike to view Grand March, which begun at 7:00 p.m. Afterwards, Grand March viewers met with attendees to take pictures and chat shortly before leaving to head to prom.

This year’s prom was held at the Marriott located in Cranberry Township, as it has been held there in past years. Attendees, along with their choice of ride, were escorted most of the way by the New Sewickley police.

Around 9:00 p.m., dinner was served with some options including bread rolls, green beans, pasta, potatoes and chicken. Shortly after, the main lights were dimmed and the song “Old Town Road” opened the dance floor. Some events that accompanied the dance-filled night included a balloon artist, two caricature artists, an airbrush artist and a photo booth. At midnight, it was announced that senior Joe Smith was crowned Prom King, following with senior Melissa Keith being crowned with Prom Queen.

“It felt unreal,” Smith said. “It was something that I never thought would happen, and I was speechless when it did. The coolest part about it was knowing that everyone liked me that much to vote for me.”

Eventually, after various karaoke sing offs, breakfast served at 3:00 a.m. and more dancing, the night finally came to a close around 5:00 a.m.

“I feel that the execution for prom this year was solid, and I think most people had an enjoyable time,” Ujhazy said. “However, I think everyone is open for some additions and subtractions from this year’s prom for future planning.”

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