Predicaments Putting People in a Pinch on Prom: Advice from Staff Writer Riley George


The dress. The hair. The makeup. The corsage/boutonniere. Getting ready for Prom is not just a one step process, it’s actually a recipe for disaster sometimes. Some girls spend months preparing for the special night, hoping nothing goes wrong.


On the day of Prom, there are many things that have to get done as well as things that could go wrong. Here is a helpful guide of how to conquer any obstacles you may face so you can still have a magical night including personal accounts of some of your fellow classmates.


1.Dress does not fit

  • Safety pin it
  • Fashion tape
  • If it’s too short, opt for sandals or a flat shoe instead of heels
  • “My dress didn’t fit when I tried it on again to wear at prom this year because I bought it a long time ago and had forgotten that it was long on me. I had to buy a new pair of shoes to fix it and not trip on it constantly,” Juliette Salazar ‘18 said. “It was too late for alterations for me, so I recommend that you make sure you get all of your alterations done early.”

2. Hate your hair

  • Throw some random extra curls in there, messier looks better sometimes
  • Don’t worry, once everyone is dancing their hair is messed up anyway
  • “Last year for prom, I had several malfunctions with my prom hair, from deciding who did it, to how I actually wanted it done,” Tori Baer said. “After paying over $100, I got in my car and cried because my hair was nowhere close to what I wanted. If you don’t plan on doing your own hair, make sure to have a trial run. Either that, or don’t be afraid to speak up when something isn’t the way you like. Prom should be your night to shine.”

3. Appointment for hair runs over or is too late in the day because everywhere was booked

  • Do your makeup before your hair appointment
  • Meet the group at the restaurant
  • Take pictures downtown after dinner
  • “My hair appointment isn’t until three o’clock on the day of prom because that was the only time slot available by the time I scheduled my appointment,” Gabby Burgett ‘18 said. “What I am doing to make sure everything goes smoothly and I don’t miss pictures and everything is I am going to do my makeup beforehand and have everything ready so all I have to do is put on my dress.

4. Something spills on your dress

  • Keep a tide-to-go handy for any emergency stains
  • Dab with warm water as soon as possible
  • “Well we were eating dinner when all of the sudden Grant spilt his water all over the table and it got all on my dress,” Braxton Gentry ‘18 said. “I went to the bathroom and tried to dry as much of it as I could and just hoped for the best. I recommend if your boyfriend/ prom date is clumsy or messy, get him a kids cup with a lid.”

5. Dress rips/tears

  • Find someone with a travel sewing kit
  • A quick fix is to use safety pins

6. Restaurant reservations are booked

  • You don’t have to go somewhere fancy to have a good time so try going to a more typical day place such as Fazolis, the Cheesecake Factory, or Stone Creek
  • Eat a big meal after prom
  • “I didn’t try to start making reservations for dinner after prom until early this week so everywhere was already booked,” Jenny Geng ‘18 said. “We ended up having to eat somewhere around here that is less fancy instead and we were able to get one at Stone Creek. I recommend that you make your dinner reservations early, unlike me this year.”

7. Sport/other event is the day of

  • SAT testing- get lots of sleep the night before and have everything prepared for the day when the testing is over: “It was the worst decision I ever made because I didn’t have time to do anything,” Kara Nussbaum said
  • A sports game or meet- have everything set to get ready beforehand and schedule reservations for dinner as late as possible: “Having a sporting event when everyone else is getting their prom hair done is so stressful,” Maddie Weeks ‘17 said. “I’m an hour away in the middle of tennis matches just worrying if I’ll make pictures. I suggest having everything planned out down to every detail so your stress is only at 90% not 100%.”

8. Break a limb

  • Get a wheelchair
  • Take some ibuprofen
  • Uber to the door so you have minimal walking to do
  • Just go for a little while
  • “I broke my toe playing ping pong and got surgery the week before prom last year,” Akul Vijayvargiya ‘17 said. “I knew there was still next year to go since I was a junior so that really helped me cope with the pain.”

9. Get pulled over

  • Start crying and make the cop feel bad for ruining your special night
  • Sweet talk the cop
  • “I was in a car that got pulled over last year [for speeding] and I would say that the person riding better be watching for the cops,” Laurinda Godfrey ‘17 said.

10. Car trouble

  • Call AAA for roadside assistance
  • If you run out of gas, have one of your parents come fill your car up enough to make it to a gas station and make sure your car is filled before you leave

In the end, none of these things actually matter. All that does is that you have a good time and create memories.

Starting on a Fresh Note

By: Riley George and Gabby Burgett

After countless hours of hard work by over a hundred construction workers working with a $3 million budget, the new music area in the basement is scheduled to be available for student use after winter break.


View of construction from the choir room door.

Outside door 6 in the basement, construction has been on going since March 16. Behind the boarded-up doors, yellow tape and “Do Not Enter” signs is the production of a new choir area with new classrooms, practice rooms, lockers and a new hallway.


“There are going to be new rehearsal rooms both upstairs and downstairs in the choir room with pianos in them for students to use in addition to the classroom space,” Assistant Principal Jake Short said. “The band ones will also be inside the classroom so they are moving from outside in the hallway to inside the classrooms.”



View from inside the music department construction.

Input with staff in the music department created a space that they will be able to utilize and benefit from.


“We were able to encompass a lot of what we needed down there,” Short said. “What we needed was a new space because orchestra and percussion are sharing a space right now. Having them in one [room] limits a lot of what they can do. Having those conversations [with the staff] really helped our architects [discover] what they could put together with our budget.”


The new music area incorporates everything that the different music departments will need to perform and practice with the extra practice rooms and larger rehearsal rooms for each department. Students will be to practice more flexibly, smoothly, and effectively than they have been able to in the past with these new additions.


View of the music department construction from the outside.

“My goal is for when the students are performing, you can’t tell there is construction going on,” band director Kevin Schuessler said.


The music department has not let the construction and loss of rehearsal space get in the way of rehearsing and performing. The students and directors have pushed through the noisy distraction caused by ongoing construction.


“I’m excited for having more space to do what we do now because it is really cramped in there. During STaR

View from the door of the current practice room for choir and band.

View from the door of the current practice room for choir and band.

there will be two to three groups trying to practice so when there is more room it will help a lot,” junior Emma Matei, a member of Accents Choir, said.
Construction in the choir area is making progress and is on schedule for finishing on time. Both students and staff are hoping to start next semester on a fresh note.