An evening under the cosmos: Prom in 2022

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Prom is a highly anticipated event for highschoolers everywhere. With COVID-19 impacts, this year’s prom would serve as the only one for the senior class as well as the juniors first one, both serving as a memorable event. 

This year, the Junior Class Cabinet worked to create a night to remember. The theme for the night was “An Evening in the Cosmos,” which was a tribute towards the change in the school’s mascot last year.

“I was skeptical about the theme because pretty much everything the school has done this school year has been space themed, but I must say it did not disappoint. I thought the entire set up was really cool,” junior Emelia Martin said.

The decorations featured hanging planets and different colored lights to mimic outer space. Class cabinet was hoping to achieve a unique and fun environment for people to dance and enjoy the night in.

“The decorations were really pretty; I loved the planets and the colors,” junior and Class cabinet member Molly Shannon said. “I was scared that a space theme could look tacky but I think it was pulled off well.”

Expectations were high for the seniors whose single prom would live in their memories forever. Movies and other stories paint a certain picture that people expect to carry over into their own experiences. 

“Prom was okay. It wasn’t as fun as I thought it would be. It definitely didn’t live up to my expectations,” senior Bernadette Burns said. “I thought that there would be more dancing.”

For juniors the expectations weren’t as pressing since they have next year’s prom as well. However, the hopes of a good night were still present. 

“As someone who watched a lot of Disney movies when she was younger, I did have high expectations for prom in general, however I didn’t really know what was going to come out of it. None of my friends had gone to prom before due to the pandemic,” Martin said. 

While the decor served as a positive aspect of the night many people were dissatisfied with the music. Many students agreed that it made the night worse and more awkward overall. 

“I wish that there was better music, because all that the DJ played was rap music that no one really knew,” Burns said. “The few popular songs he did play were cut off in the middle, and the transitions between songs were not too great.”

Although some parts of the night won’t live up to some of the criteria that was expected, the night overall was a success, as well as a step back into post-pandemic normalcy. 

“I am definitely planning on coming to prom again my senior year. Although I was underwhelmed, it wasn’t a bad experience, and I had a good time,” junior Taylor Stewart said. “I feel prom is something everyone should experience at least once in their high school career and it’s not something to miss.”