Longer days, warmer weather and the disappearance of snow (finally) can only mean one thing: prom season is here once again. Friday, April 10th dawned grey and drizzly, but the dour weather did nothing to dull the excitement of the junior class on the early release day. Students and teachers alike could feel the anticipation of a night long awaited and the 12 pm bell signifying the end of the day could not come soon enough.
Just a few hours later at 5:30, students began to arrive at the school for pictures on the red carpet that led from the front doors into the cafeteria. They were looking a heck of a lot better than they had when they came to school that morning. Family, friends, teachers, and photographers lined the carpet like paparazzi. Once all of the couples had made their debut and had the compulsory picture taken as they made their way through the crowd, the five coach buses that stood waiting in the parking lot opened their doors. The boarding and transit went smoothly and at 7 pm sharp, students arrived at the venue: the Quincy Mariott Hotel.
The ballroom was beautiful, with glistening chandeliers, a large dance floor, and vases of bright blue hydrangeas on every table. The order of events began with dinner, a buffet offering pasta, mashed potatoes, mac n’ cheese, salad, chicken, and rolls. After fueling up for a long night of busting moves on the dance floor, DJ and HHS senior Molly Minnehan started working her magic. Almost everyone was up and dancing for the whole night, and the music choices brought even the shyest attendees out of their shells. Songs ranged from typical rap songs to classics including Bust a Move, Ain’t No Holla Back Girl, September, and Drunk in Love. Who doesn’t love a little Beyonce? Sophomores, juniors, and seniors were all represented at the dance, as well as a few students from other schools.
About halfway through the night, a hush came over the room as the prom court was announced. Teachers voted but many agreed that the winners definitely deserved their titles. Prom court for girls included Jessica Gardiner, Junior Class President Sarah Ryan, and Emily Rose Manser. The boys were Peter Crowley, Noah Clapp, and Josh Justice-Pope. The prom queen sash was given to Caroline O’Rourke, and the king’s crown was soon on the head of Max Meallo.
After a few more songs, the night came to an end and the buses were once again loaded for the return trip. Overall, it was a great night and I will remember this experience for years to come.
A special thanks to our class officers Sarah Ryan (president), John Carroll (vice president), Emma Devine (treasurer), and Emma Hardy (secretary), along with class advisors Ms. Turner and Mrs. Bostwick for organizing such a successful event! Also, thanks to our chaperones Ms. Emerson, Ms. Fay, Ms. Bossong, Ms. Pavao, Mr. Mahoney, Mrs. Halloran, Mrs. McHugh, Mrs. Abban, Mr. Galligan, Mr. Barrett and Mr. Paquette.
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