Student-Organized Dance PROMotes Fun Before AP Tests
Author Karelys Ramos
APRIL 28-- Teachers, parents, and student volunteers alike lined the halls of the Doubletree hotel, excitedly awaiting the arrival of the night’s celebrities. After months of planning, Facebook updates, and promposals, Charters’ prom attendees eagerly began the festivities, posing for pictures as early as 5 pm! Katie Evancho, junior, says, “We wanted to get pictures somewhere a lot of people could go and have lots of pretty sections to take pictures!” The majority of the junior class convened among the blossoming trees and romantic river at Brandywine Park.Seniors, now prom veterans, photographed their gowns and suits at Gibraltar Gardens, a scene of beautiful stone statues and enchanted pools of water. Upon arriving at the Doubletree Hotel, Charters’ ladies and gents strolled along an elegant corridor filled with the applause of their favorite teachers, stopping for photographs and hugs. Jon Hajrizi, senior, fondly reflects, “Sharing our senior prom with the teachers is definitely special, but I think it’s something better understood when you experience it for yourself.” Mrs. Lober, Jon’s teacher unexpectedly met Jon and his friends and photographed them before prom, “which was a ton of fun” for the graduating seniors. Even after the pre-prom photos, students continued their photo session in the hotels’ hallways, making sure to capture every moment. As the last of the night's’ attendees trickled in, the Doubletree’s waiters began their rounds to the 52 tables of hungry teenagers. Fine cuisine connoisseur and critic Chris Avila names “[the] dessert” as the meal’s crown jewel, and also notes that “the sauce on the steak [was] good.” As dessert arrived, the night’s DJ called for those students who had received notification of their place on prom court. The eight winners (Andrew Amato, Karelys Ramos, Shannon McNulty, Mike Mattamira, Paula Pranda, Stephen Wabash, Dome Teoli and Sicily Bordrick) made their path towards the lobby and received their sashes and crowns. After hours of cha-cha sliding, milly rocking, singing along and stomping on one another’s feet, the energy of the night briefly dwindled down, and students happily found fun and food at the Hockessin Athletic Center. Students quickly hung their dresses and tuxes and outfitted themselves for the fun of After Prom. CSW students enjoyed hours of swimming, running, balling, and eating! Among the massive obstacle course, the traditional photo booth, the open pool and the awesome laser tag arena, charter students found themselves at ease, enjoying every moment the night had to offer. After dressing up, dancing, and playing all night, students took their Saturday as a day of rest, rebuilding stamina for their AP exams. Though the threat of APs loomed close by, the CSW student body partied as intently as ever, rejoicing in every second of the high school experience without fear of the following Monday.