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A letter to the 2017 prom committee

Planning the perfect prom

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Students dance at NDP Prom 2016. (Photo/Thomas Yunger)

Students dance at NDP Prom 2016. (Photo/Thomas Yunger)

Students dance at NDP Prom 2016. (Photo/Thomas Yunger)

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Dear 2017 Prom Committee,

The junior class who put on the 2016 “Empire State of Mind” Prom did an extraordinary job. It was apparent that there was a lot of work put into the event. Everything seemed to go very smoothly.

In order to make 2017 prom even better than that of 2016, here are a few suggestions.

The venue was beautiful and clean, not to mention in a convenient location about 5 minutes away from school. The decorations were well done and not too extravagant, but also not too plain. The layout of the venue helped to create a steady and not too crowded flow from the dance, the food, and the outside area and activity.

Next year’s prom should also take place in a convenient location with an open layout. It is nice to be able to separate dancing from eating and mingling. Although the venue allowed for more mingling and sitting than last year, a common student request was for more chairs in the seating area.

Many other high school proms in the area will take place in creative locations like the Phoenix Art Museum. For the 2017 prom, it would be very interesting and exciting to host the dance in an unconventional location like a museum or the new Odysea Aquarium opening this July.

The coatroom should also be featured again next year, as it was highly praised because it allowed people to stores shoes, purses, and jackets in an organized fashion rather than just tossing them on the ground near the dance floor.

The food was an easy bite to eat from time to time, and water was placed conveniently throughout. The cotton candy outside was a fun snack to have.

Because Prom is such a formal, fancy event, it is important that food is clean and easy to eat. Any food that is greasy or requires dipping sauce could pose a threat to the girls’ expensive dresses and should be avoided. Both snacks and desserts should be easy, clean finger foods like cookies or bite-size snacks on toothpicks.

The 2016 activity matched the New York theme of prom, as it was a Cash Cab-inspired game hosted by Mr. Robert Gwinn. The trivia game was a big hit with the students and winners enjoyed receiving gift cards for their prize.

Although Cash Cab was a fun and creative activity, a poll of students showed that they preferred a bigger activity, like gambling at the 2015 prom, that more people can participate in at once. One of the students’ biggest requests was for more activities so they were not confined to the dance floor the whole night.

Last, but certainly not least, the music playlist should be created by students so it appeals to the crowd. Music at the 2016 prom was well-liked for the most part, but many students requested more “dance songs,” rather than just radio-hits.

One way to create a comprehensive list of music that everyone would approve of would be to have students submit suggestions and requests in the weeks leading up to the dance so that a playlist can be created before the big night.

Prom is a big hit every year, no matter what the theme, activities or food choices are. However, if it is to continue to get bigger and better each year, it would be helpful to follow this advice.

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