"Take Me Away" is theme of 2000 prom

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 4/5/00.

"Take Me Away" is the theme of the 2000 prom at Paynesville Area High School.

Prom is set for Saturday, April 15. Festivities will start with the grand march at 5:30 p.m. in the high school gym. Admission ($2), will be charged this year for the grand march. Prom goers will each receive two complimentary tickets. The funds will go to help the post prom party.

Jean Soine will be video-taping the grand march. Anyone interested in purchasing a tape should contact Soine. Cost of the tapes is $5. Two dollars of that goes to help fund the post prom party.

Following the grand march, prom goers will board charter buses and head to the Richmond Coliseum, where they will have dinner and dance to the music of Kid Hollywood.

"We have about 220 students registered thus far for prom," said Pat Nelson, prom advisor. "This will be our biggest crowd ever. Members of the junior class did a lot of hard work putting everything together."

Prom is designed for members of the junior and senior class. Sophomores can attend only if they are invited as a date by a junior or a senior. Ninth graders are not allowed to attend. All students attending prom are being required to ride the charter buses to Richmond and back to the high school.

A new prom feature this year will be pictures of prom couples taken at Sheri's Studio from 1 to 5 p.m. In the past, pictures were taken in Richmond. No appointments are necessary. The first 20 couples will receive a prize from the studio. Order envelopes will be distributed at the same time as the prom itinerary.

The festivities in Richmond will end about midnight. At 12:01 a.m., the doors open at the high school for the post prom party. Juniors and seniors not attending prom, along with the prom goers, are welcome to enjoy the many games at the party. Admission to the party is free.

The theme of the post prom party is "One Starry Night." Games like sumo wrestling, a bungee run will be available in the middle school gym.The high school gym will be set up for basketball, and volleyball.

The gym will be open all night. Students can listen and dance to the music provided by disk jockey, Wally Coleman. Snacks like pizza, subs, and ice cream sundaes will be available all night.

Prizes will be awarded throughout the party. Those who signed up for the early bird drawings in March will have a chance at winning three television sets. At 5 a.m., drawings will start for larger door prizes for which everybody is eligible. Breakfast will be served prior to the distribution of door prizes.

Doors to the high school are locked at 1 a.m. If a student wishes to leave the party early before 5 a.m., parents will be notified they are leaving.

Thus far 160 students have signed up for the post prom party.

Anyone wishing to volunteer and help at the Post Prom Party can call Pat Stalboerger, at 320-243-3287.

Donations of prizes or cash to help fund the party can be made to DuDonne Andrie at the Community First National Bank.

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