PHS prom this Saturday with changes in grand march

The grand march will have changes at this year’s Princeton High School prom which is this Saturday, May 3..
The grand march, which begins at 4 p.m., will not be in the high school gymnasium as it was in the past. It will instead begin on stage in the school’s performing arts center (PAC) and then wind out of the PAC and through the high school commons.
The public will need tickets to attend the grand march and they are $5 for the PAC, and $3 for the commons. Some seating will be set up in the commons. Doors open at 3:30 to begin buying tickets.
PHS prom advisor Sarah Schuppenhauer says the changes will make for an improved environment for the grand march in that the PAC has a better sound and lighting setup than the gym. The commons area is considered an overflow area for the grand march spectators, she said.
The changes will also mean cost savings in that the gym won’t have to have a lot of the gym walls with school information “blacked out.”
The PAC stage will be decorated, including having a scale model Eiffel Tower, reflecting the prom’s Parisian theme, “The City of Romance.” This year’s prom committee at PHS has about 60 students who are preparing and decorating, Schuppenhauer said.
The number of attendees registered for this year’s prom is at 360, nearly double the approximately 200 usually attending past PHS proms, Schuppenhauer also noted.
The prom is for high school juniors and seniors and most of this year’s registrants are PHS students, according to Schuppenhauer. She said the rules allow the students to have dates with students in grades 9 and 10 for the PHS prom.
After the grand march
The grand march is expected to last about 90 minutes. The prom meal and dance will follow at the Northern Lights Banquet & Ballroom at Pease. Students will provide for their transportation to and from Northern Lights. Appetizers will be served starting at about 5 p.m. or so at Northern Lights, and the dinner will begin at 6 to 6:30 p.m., with the dance scheduled to being at about 7:30 to 8 p.m. Northern Lights is providing the music DJ. QP Photography, Rogers, will be taking professional photos of the attendees. A photo concession booth will also be set up.
Cost of attending this year’s prom is $120 per couple, or $65 per individual.