Memories of Prom 2011

Apr 23, 2011 | 2011 Articles, Education, Jayce Ham, Reedley News, Teens

by Stephanie, Aimee
& Jessica

Senior Prom – Three Reedley High Seniors share their thoughts from their Senior Prom

By Stephanie Elizabeth Barnett

Being a senior this year, I decided at the beginning of the year to try to participate in as many senior events as possible. So when tickets for prom went on sale, I jumped on it and bought my ticket.

Stephanie Barnett, Franky Chapa & Madison Quiring

This year, being a Drama kid and Drama club President, I was so excited when they announced the theme was “Old Hollywood”. Soon it went around campus that all the chaperones were going to be dressed up as “Old Hollywood” actors and actresses. I knew that Prom would be a night to remember. My friends and I planned the whole night, getting ready, dinner, and who was going to drive. We were so excited.

Then the day of Prom came. Not only did I have Prom Saturday, but I also had my placement exam for Fresno State in the afternoon. After my test was over I booked it home, got my stuff, and went over to my friend Madison’s house to get ready. When we were ready, which was at 6 o’clock and getting quite late, we went to Panera Bread for dinner. So far the night was going great.

When we pulled up to The Grand Hotel in Fresno, we saw how amazing everything looked. There was a red carpet and spotlights to help you find the hotel. When you and your date, or in my case dates, walked onto the red carpet you would have your picture taken. At the end of the night you could buy the pictures. Everything seemed like it was going pretty smooth for everyone. There was a table to vote for King and Queen and the chaperones were prepared with many safety-pins to fix the multiple ripped or broken dresses! When we first came in I noticed, to my surprise, that they were playing “old fashioned” music, I guess you’d say. A few that I caught ranged from “Fever” by Peggy Lee, “Singing in the Rain” from the movie “Singing In the Rain”, to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and many more.

The one thing that really stood out to me is that for the first few songs they had a live singer, which really put a cherry on top of the whole “Old Hollywood theme”. I really enjoyed this year’s Prom, and I know many of my fellow seniors that went did too. My good friend and fellow senior, Madison Quiring, said, “They really out did themselves this year”, and in all truth they really did!

Stephanie Barnett is 17 and a contributor to our
Teen Talk section. She is a senior at Reedley High School who plans to attend Fresno State next fall and become a music teacher. At RHS she is in band, drama & an officer in NJROTC.

By Aimee Kristine Lewis

On April 9th, 2011, at the Grand 1401, at 7:30 p.m., the Reedley High School prom began. As we showed up, we were greeted by the “paparazzi” on the red carpet that led into the hotel. As we got inside, it was a pretty big place. Tables and chairs everywhere. The chaperons were all dressed up as older celebrities, including Lucille Ball, Audrey Hepburn and Elvis. The hotel itself was very nice. Again, there were tables and chairs everywhere, both upstairs and downstairs. My group sat upstairs on the balcony. For the first hour and a half, they played a lot of old classic music like “Singing in the Rain,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” They also had very good appetizers so they definitely kept everyone full.

Aimee Lewis & Jesikah Chafa

After a while, they started playing music that everyone went to dance to. The dance floor was in the middle of the lower level. It was a pretty small area for that many people to dance, but otherwise it was okay. However, the music that was played wasn’t the best so my group didn’t dance as much as we usually would. Overall, I think my senior prom was definitely one of the best school dances I’ve been too.

Aimee Lewis is 18 years old and an ongoing contributor to our Teen Talk section; her interests are acting and reading, and she hopes to become a Criminologist and work in Law Enforcement.

By Jessica Ham

This was my Senior prom, my last one. It was definitely the best one. The place was incredible. There were two levels; you could sit downstairs or upstairs. The theme was Old Hollywood and the place lived up to that theme. All of the chaperones were dressed as Old Hollywood actors and singers. I had the best date. I finally got to go with a guy I really liked. The food was amazing. There was fancier food and then more laid back food like mini-pizzas and meat kabobs.

Jessica Ham & Janet Adams as Lucille Ball

The music was not great; too much hip-hop. I only danced to a few songs but it was still a lot of fun. I got to hang out with my best friends and my boyfriend all night. I knew the people who won Prom King and Prom Queen this time. Most of the time the people who win are people I don’t know. I was very excited for them; they both deserved it. My best friend, Aimee, was sick during most of Prom, which made it a little bit of a sad night for me but she was a trooper and still tried to have fun. My other best friend, Megan, had an ear infection the whole night. It was a night of sickness, I guess. Everyone seemed to be sick.

Pre Prom-Jessica, Skyler Quammen, Aimee

I wish Prom could’ve been a little later in the school year. Two months before school ends is a weird time to have Prom. Prom is supposed to be our last celebration of the year, but it was still fun.

Jessica Ham is 18 years old and an ongoing contributor to our Teen Talk section; with dreams of being on Broadway, she’s right at home covering Entertainment.



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