Proms remain strong tradition in Edmond, planners say

Organizers at Edmond high schools are expecting hundreds of their students to show up for proms Saturday.
BY STEVE GUST Published: April 26, 2012
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Where they'll be

Carriage Hall at State Fair Park is Santa Fe's prom venue this year. Science teacher Chelsea Foo is heading up the effort. She's expecting between 500 and 600 at the event with the theme “Behind the Mask.”

About 35 faculty, staff and parents will lend a land to the student volunteers in setting up, decorating and tearing down.

Memorial's theme will be “Making Memories.” The prom will be at the Reed Center in Midwest City, wrapping up at midnight. Bendick said nearly 500 tickets had been sold.

North's prom, “Unmask the Night,” is at the Montgomery Building in downtown Oklahoma City. Faculty organizer Joy Patton is predicting a crowd of 500 to 600. The dance will be from 8 p.m. to midnight.

“We are all looking forward to this,” she said.

Among the promgoers will be a group of Memorial special-education students.

For the past few years, teachers Jamie Conerly and Danielle Earl have gone to the formal with some of their autistic and developmentally challenged students.

“It's a great social experience for them,” Conerly said.

This year, three to six students will join their classmates at the prom. They will go out for dinner with their parents along, but after dinner will part company with their parents.

“I am excited to dance in my red dress at prom,” said Abigail E. Smith, a Memorial senior.

Conerly said the student body is very accepting of her special-needs students and willing to ask them to dance.

“This will be a lot of fun,” Conerly said. “It gives the kids a chance to cut loose and provides them with great experiences.”