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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 17, 2014

Over the rainbow

By David Hotle | May 03, 2013
Prom committee members, from left, Anna Van Gundy, Lauren Carter, Brittany Steffani, Jenny Seibert, Caitlyn Zieglowsky, Stephanie Barnes, and Bridget Nebel raise the rainbow streamers in the Washington High School varsity gym for the prom Saturday night.

“Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my!”
While the people attending the 2013 Washington High School prom may not run into any of these animals that Wizard of Oz heroine Dorothy Gale lamented, many other familiar items from the 1900 novel or 1939 film will be present. Prom committee chair Mitchell Hora, son of Brian and Theresa Hora, said that the prom setting being built this morning in the high school’s varsity gym would include an Emerald City, Dorothy’s Kansas house and a forest.
“We’ve been working on this for a couple of months now,” Hora said. “We have been working on the ideas and in the past month or so we have really picked up on construction.”
With the time counting down until prom, students are getting their tuxedos and formal dresses ready. The windows of the gym were blocked out this morning to keep some of the decorations a surprise.
He said the prom committee had selected the idea of The Wizard of Oz as a theme over several ideas that had been discussed.
The grand march will be held a 4 p.m. Saturday in the varsity gym. It is open to the public and will showcase the sets, Hora said. Each couple will march through the sets and have pictures taken. It is expected to last about an hour. The prom begins at 8:30 p.m.
“That is just a really fun time when we can all just hang out and dance,” Hora said.
The AfterProm event will follow the dance in the former junior high school gym. Hora said a hypnotist would be featured.
Hora said there had been a great deal of support in the community. He said about 40 people were part of the prom committee, with about seven subcommittees. He said teacher Brent Van Weelden had helped considerably. He also said parents and some area businesses had helped with the materials needed to build the sets. He said that all the materials had been purchased locally.
On Wednesday, a simulation of an accident was held to inform students of what could happen if they didn’t make good decisions on prom night.
Prom, short for promenade or promotion, is the formal dance that signifies the coming end of the school year. At home, the boys have fitted their tuxedos for the event and picked a corsage to give their special date. The girls have their formal gowns picked out and the boutonnieres ready to give their dates. No prom king or queen is selected in Washington.

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