Prom 2017: Starry-eyed at Mission San Juan Capistrano
Northwood students were welcomed by a mariachi band and rustic Spanish architecture to a memorable night under the stars at prom. Held at Mission San Juan Capistrano on Saturday, May 20, students danced the night away at Northwood’s first fully outdoor prom.
“My first prom was a really memorable experience,” junior Travis Nguyen said. “The location being outdoors and under the stars was a really surreal experience, and I think a lot of other people enjoyed it as well.”
Students had the opportunity to vote for prom court. Seniors Kevin Zhou and Skyler Gregerson ended up being selected as Prom King and Queen, while juniors Mike Coleman and Claire O’Connor were selected to be Prom Prince and Princess.
“It was a great honor to be named prom king,” Zhou said. “Winning didn’t matter to me as much as enjoying the experience of my last dance at Northwood. I am so glad that I got to be a part of this class for four years and to have this last prom be my most memorable Northwood dance is great.”
Activities available included an airbrush tattoo station and a photo booth where students could preserve their memories in their own take-home flipbooks. Caricature portraits were also available along with a mobile observatory for those wanting a closer look at the night stars. The pleasant weather and clear skies allowed stargazers to enjoy a view of Jupiter and its four moons.
Northwood’s Junior Class Council started the planning process for Prom after the Homecoming dance and decided on a theme around October, according to Junior Class Vice President Steven Gong.
“Once we decided a theme, we were able to brainstorm about what kind of vendors we wanted and what we wanted to do with the venue,” Gong said. “For invitations, we had Junior Class Council submit designs and we made some alterations. After that, it was just a matter of everything coming together.”
Music at the dance was provided to by a DJ, a jazz band and a mariachi band, who took student suggestions for songs to play. Those who wanted a break from the dancing could stop by the taco cart for a freshly made taco, or pick up snacks and drinks available at the refreshment table.
As the dance drew to a close, it marked a bittersweet moment for all seniors in attendance.
“Prom this year was a really memorable experience,” senior Joe Shaw said. “It was great to spend this last dance with the rest of the school.”