The attendance office may see an all time low in attendance for juniors and seniors on Friday April 25th. Prom, one of the most attended school events by seniors and juniors, usually falls on a Saturday, however due to some planning issues Mesquite High School’s prom will fall on a Friday this year. Girls and guys alike spend hours and lots of money preparing for the big event. With the date now falling on Friday April 25 at 7:30 p.m. – 11:30 pm, troubling prom goers dreams are turning into nightmares on how to prepare with such a limited time frame.
The date of prom was changed because another event was scheduled across the street from the venue causing parking issues which would place the school into a situation of busing prom goers to and from the event, which is impossible.
“There would have been no parking if we kept with the original date,” committee leader, Crisstie Crim said. “The venue couldn’t even promise us that we’d have access to the street.”
Keeping in mind the safety of everyone involved, the committee and administration came together to decide on a new date.
“This is not our first choice,” Principal Christy Starrett said. “Because of the issue with parking, students would have to walk blocks to get to our venue, passing many possible drunken communities. I have to protect them from that.”
The option to change the venue was present, but there would have been a break of contract fee of $13,000. The cost of breaking the contract on top of the already high cost of prom would have put ticket prices in the $100’s.
“We felt better to offer it now. The only dates they had were Fridays or late May, which is too close to graduation.” Satrrett said. “Our point was to make the decision best for the kids, however I think it will still be a good night for the kids and they will find ways to work around it.”
Considering that prom will be held on a Friday, students are worried about how they will make time for getting ready. Prom is not only a big event for students, but for businesses around town it is a big money producer. Hair, nail and makeup appointments are going to be impossible for many business to cram in on a Friday afternoon, without advance appointments. Students are having to pack a day’s worth of preparations into only a few short hours.
Updos, nails and makeup on an average will take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours to complete, depending on if the girl gets everything done, which most prom attendees want it all. “It will be impossible for salons to accommodate the girls on such a short time frame, especially if they want the works.” Lauren Mccabe said, a stylist from Studio 7, in Mesquite.
While administration is keeping an optimistic attitude, students don’t know how to make up the loss of time. Many students are already starting to stress over this event.
“Honestly, I feel like it adds so much more pressure to us.” senior Valeria Vazquez said. “Especially girls since we’re the ones expected to look glamorous.”
Time is the major issue that students are concerned about and many feel that administration is responsible to make up the time difference. Students are willing to compromise not missing school by extending the time of the dance. “They should make the dance longer,” senior, Brittani Hall said.
At $60 a ticket, ranging in price getting closer to the date, and the lack of time to prep, students are finding it difficult to find worth in the dance. Students feel that they aren’t going to be able to enjoy the process, instead they will be in a rush, trying to get ready.
Students have been heard, but their requests have not been met. A great majority of those who have early release are advised by administration to use the time wisely and prep for the big night ahead. Students were also told to make preparations throughout the week, and not to wait for the day of the event.
“There won’t be any changes in the school schedule.” Starrett said. “However, I still think it will be a good night for the kids and they will find ways to work around it.”
Story by: Chandler Claxton
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