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The tuxes and limos are rented. The gowns have been purchased, and committee members are putting the final touches on decorations for the Gardner Edgerton and Spring Hill High School

Kayla Stewart, Spring Hill High School Junior Class Secretary, puts table centerpieces together after school on Wednesday. Stewart is looking forward to Saturday’s prom. She is attending with a group of friends who plan to eat at a restaurant on the Plaza prior to the event. She said she’s excited about wearing her long, cream colored gown. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

proms this weekend.

Wednesday afternoon, SHHS junior class officers and volunteers compiled their decorations and worked diligently to assemble flourishes to make this year’s prom a special event.

“We’ve had a lot of preparation,” Kim Dyhouse, SHHS Junior Class Vice President, said. “We picked out decorations a month ago, and putting it together makes it all that much more exciting.”

Dyhouse worked alongside Junior Class Secretary Kayla Stewart. The pair wrapped florists foam with gold metallic paper and placed them in flower vases. They filled each vase with glittery, green foliage to coordinate with the theme of SHHS’ prom this year — Masquerade Mystique.

Dyhouse said the theme is based on a New Orleans Mardi Gras Masquerade, and students will wear masks during the dance.

The SHHS band went to New Orleans a few weeks ago, and Dyhouse said she was able to pick up a few ideas for prom while there.

“I actually picked up a mask while I was there,” she said.

Kim Dyhouse, SHHS Junior Class Vice President, got some decorating ideas when she traveled to New Orleans a few weeks ago with the high school band. The prom theme is Mardi Gras-like -- Masquerade Mystique. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

GEHS students also selected a masked theme for their prom — Masquerade Ball.
Katie Weil, GEHS Spanish teacher and prom sponsor, said they’re going for a classy ballroom look and feel.

“It’s kind of a Phantom of the Opera ball theme,” she said.

Weil said a ballroom-type theme held extra appeal for students. They were invited to take ballroom dance lessons during seminar earlier in the year, and the prom theme will allow them to break out their dance moves.

The dance instructor will attend the beginning of prom.

“He will kick things off and implement some of the dance steps they’ve learned,” Weil said.

The theme also combined elements of themes in a prom catalogue that students liked. The students started planning prom in November, and juniors and seniors voted to determine the theme.

Anna Cline, SHHS prom sponsor, said pretty extensive planning has gone into the Spring Hill prom as well.

“The kids and I have been working on plans since last November,” she said.

To select the Mardi Gras-like theme, SHHS students submitted ideas in writing. Prom sponsors and prom committee members narrowed those to four, and the junior class voted on it.
SHHS’ prom will be held at the high school on Saturday evening. The school will roll out the red carpet and a professional will announce student arrivals between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. April 16.

The dance will run from 9 p.m. to midnight.

“I swear by the time all of the kids are into the prom, some are already leaving,” Christine Splichal, district communications director, said.
GE students are having their prom in a new location this year – the Ball Conference Center in Olathe. For the past two years, students danced the night away at Mildale Farm in Edgerton, but

Weil said the barn was booked on April 16.

“We wanted to give our students just kind of a new feel, something fresh. I’m excited about this location,” she said. “It will already feel classy. It’s already a ballroom and it will just be fun to have something different.”

Parents are invited to take pictures and see students walk into prom at Ball Conference Center on Saturday night.

GEHS’ prom will run from 9 p.m. to midnight on April 16.

At the conclusion of both proms, students will be invited to attend After Prom events. SHHS students will while the remainder of the night away at Power Play, a family entertainment center with Lazer tag, bowling and other activities. GE students will hop on buses and head to Mission Bowl where they’ll enjoy free pizza and bowling.

Stewart said prom is a really special night.

“You get to dress up and have fun without any stress,” the SHHS junior said. “It’s something different.”

Dyhouse agreed.

“It’s the last opportunity to be with all of your friends – especially for the seniors,” she said. “This is one of the last chances to hang out with them before graduation.”