Committee chooses Welcome to Pandora’s Garden as Senior Prom theme |

Committee chooses Welcome to Pandora’s Garden as Senior Prom theme

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News
Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News | Sky-Hi News

This year’s Middle Park High School Senior Prom theme is “Welcome to Pandora’s Garden” based on the Avatar jungle scene with forest and cool plants, according to junior Lorren Sherrill of the prom committee.

At first it was going to be Secret Garden but the seniors liked the Pandora Garden theme more, so it stuck, Sherrill said.

Each year the juniors organize the prom for seniors. Seniors can join the committee, and there were a few at the beginning, but primarily the juniors are responsible for decorations and fundraisers. The nine members of the prom committee have been meeting since October and organized several fundraisers including a snack sale at the district volleyball tournament and two lucrative ice cream fundraisers at school.

They have been looking through prom decoration books and discussing final decorating ideas for the last few week. Due to the budget for decorations, many of the flowers and plants are hand-made, said Sherrill.

What’s left to do?

“We need to make sure we have everything we ordered for royalty,” she said.

Voting for royalty started Monday and the last day to vote was Thursday. Sherrill knows the predicted King and Queen, and confessed that she has given hints but the secret is safe until Saturday.

Prom will be held on Saturday night at the Grand Park Community Recreation Center from 8:30 p.m. until midnight.

Royalty will be announced around 10 p.m. and Post Prom starts at 12:30 a.m. with activities, games, and prizes.

Kim Garrett is a parent on the prize committee. Junior parents are typically on the prize committee, and it has been a tradition for the last 15 years, she said. They have been soliciting and collecting money from individuals and business for the Post Prom party. Some of prizes students will win on Saturday night include computers, iPads, Kindle Fires, gift certificates, camping equipment, iPods, and cameras.

“The community really helps,” said Garrett. “We spend the money we collect all year to pay for the prizes and to pay the Grand Park Community Recreation Center. Every year we leave money for the next year.

“Post Prom is designed to keep kids in a safe environment. As an added incentive, we give prizes.”

Sophomores Jason Tarr and Isaac Elliott will be the DJs playing a mix of genres during the event, said Sherrill.

In an effort to get students psyched for Prom, the Student Council declared “dress up week.” Students dressed up each day this week with the designated theme. Monday was pattern day, Tuesday was group day, Wednesday was 80s day, Thursday was Avatar-blue day.

The committee is excited for Saturday to see how their months of work and planning turn out. They begin coordinating decorating at 8:30 a.m. meeting at school, then move to the Grand Park Community Recreation Center.

“Everyone is so excited for prom,” said Sherrill.

Kristen Lodge can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610

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