With the arrival of spring, anticipation for prom started to bloom. On April 13, Wesleyan was transformed into a magical enchanted forest, complete with a dance floor and snacks for students to enjoy.
The prom committee is a club of students that are the ones behind planning prom. The team starts to plan in August. The theme is the first order of business for the committee. “we picked the theme by presenting our ideas [to the committee], and then we all voted on our favorite,” said junior Caroline Willis. After the theme is decided, the “prom com” starts to work on decorations, food and the band.
The committee starts setting up on the few weekends leading up to prom. “We have workdays on the weekends leading up to prom to build everything and plan ahead. We actually start setting up the prom on the Friday before prom. We get out of school at noon and we are there until around 8. We then, get up early to finish setting up on Saturday morning. Then, we hand it over to our lovely parent volunteers so that we can get ready for the dance,” said junior, prom committee head Lizzy Stainback. After long and hours of work, the prom com gets to get ready, then come back and see their peers enjoy their hard work.
“The wishing well & the flower wall were really cool ideas. I actually think my favorite thing of the entirety of prom was the lights. We bought & received SO many lights, and they really helped to set the atmosphere of an “enchanted forest”. The globe lights outside were really cool, but I also really loved the fairy lights that were in the gossamer inside,” said junior, co-head of prom committee, Rachel McFarland.
Students arrived at the dance around 8pm, and danced the night away until 11pm. The live band played popular songs and students danced, took pictures in the photobooth, ate and mingled with friends and teachers. “My favorite part of prom was dancing with my friends. Wood Reeves is an amazing dancer,” said senior Kyle Cleveland.
Over all, “it [prom] It went above and beyond all that I could have dreamed of. I honestly didn’t know what I was getting into when I became a prom co-head, and I never imagined how much work it would be, though I don’t regret it in the least. It was so cool to see all of the random inklings of an idea that each member of prom committee had that became a reality. One of the first things that Mrs. Noble told us at our first prom committee was to “dream big” because even if you think something is impossible, someone else might know of a way to make it happen. Our coolest ideas came from the random “impossible” suggestions,” said McFarland.