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Prom: How to prepare and why you should go

Prom is right around the corner. At Marshfield High School, prom 2024 will take place on May 4, from 8:30-11pm. The theme is “Under The Sea,” with decorations centered on the ocean, coral, and underwater elements. The event will be hosted in the MHS main gym, with an entry fee of $30 per person.

“Any students with a tight budget in need of proper prom attire can ask Mrs. Bunnell and the ARK about their used dresses and suits,” said Jennifer Bunnell, MHS Aspire Coordinator and adviser for Associated Student Body. “We have several prom dresses and a few men’s shirts if people need to borrow. We will open up during a few lunch hours for people to try things on.” 

Anyone looking to ball out for prom night might want to check out Checkerberry’s Flowers and Gifts’ suit rental department. Most suits are rentable for around $200 which may be worth it for that special someone.

How else can students prepare for prom night? Plans will vary from person to person but generally one should start by making sure their schedule is clear for the evening. It’s typical to take photos prior to going to dinner, and then attending the dance after dining out. 

“Students can prepare by planning what they are going to wear,” said Bunnell. “Make dinner reservations or a dinner plan, and remember to order flowers!”

Organizing an event like prom is no easy task. Once the theme is chosen, the tablecloths and decorations need to be ordered, a DJ has to be hired, and a prom committee has to decide all the details.

“A lot of effort and time goes into planning prom,” said MHS junior Bella Roberts. “My partner Alie Clarke, and the rest of ASB Leadership dedicate a lot of energy to prom. Alie and I pick out prom decorations, design the layout for prom, and spend around two days decorating alongside ASB to make prom a memorable experience for all participating. Mia Schafer, and our leadership teachers Ashley Caballero and Jennifer Bunnell have helped me and Alie do all of the organizing.” 

Months of planning goes into organizing prom. Time and money go into the event. Like everything, the cost to produce such an event has increased.

“Prom has gotten much more expensive to put on,” said Bunnell. “Just the DJ cost alone has tripled. Everything is more expensive.”
For the students of Marshfield, prom is a time of great significance, partially because of its romantic history, but also because it signifies the end of an era for many of our students. For seniors or those moving away, prom may be a final chance to meet with friends and have a good time making memories. After high school, people’s lives will take them in many different directions, which can put strain on even the heartiest of relationships.

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