Scarsdale High School seniors have finished their finals and replaced their studying with preparations for Prom, scheduled for May 31st at Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle. A prom committee made up of volunteers from the senior class and headed by faculty advisors Eric Rauschenbach and Lauren Meyer created the plans for both the Prom and Pre-Prom. Pre-Prom is set to run from 4:00-5:30 at the high school, after which the students will load onto busses and ship off to Glen Island Harbour Club until Prom ends at midnight. Sara Pattiz, a member of the committee, laid-out the decision process that went into picking the location. “We looked at a few locations (including where prom was hosted last year), and the mutual favorite was Glen Isle. We liked it because it’s beautiful, on the water, spacious, and has amazing menu options. Also, they have a very helpful staff and are very flexible so we were able to make it our own.” And, another committee member Claudia Heitner noted that the entire Prom, “Is in a totally different direction from last year. It will have a more intimate feel and a different setup food wise.”
With the details of the Prom set, tickets were sold for $150 initially, with prices rising as Prom approaches. While this price may seem expensive, senior class President Alex Altieri noted it was “just about where we expected as it was pretty close to last years numbers.” Considering that prices factor in bussing, food, venue expenses, and décor, the price does not actually seem so high. However, along with the purchase of clothing and After-Prom tickets, the costs can add up.
And, as the committee and government are preparing for Prom, so are the members of the senior class. Students have been planning what to wear for months. In fact, most of the girls attending prom are in a Facebook group specifically for that reason. “It was made a few months ago for girls to post pictures of their dresses if they've already decided on one so that we can try and prevent too many people from wearing the same one,” stated Senior Libby Gross. While a situation like this is ripe for drama, with some girls posting more than one dress, and only seniors allowed to wear long dresses while younger girls who are attending must wear shorter dresses, Gross believes that things haven’t gone too badly. “I feel like most girls just end up using the group because they like looking at the other dresses. There haven’t been too many conflicts over a dress and when that does happen girls are usually very easygoing about it all.” In a satire of the whole show made by the Facebook group, some senior boys even created a tuxedo group where they post funny ensembles.
Once prom has finished, some students will be going to the city to enjoy After-Prom. Although After-Prom has sometimes caused trouble, students are confident that this year’s class will not let it get out of hand. As one senior mentioned, “Everyone will be looking to just have a good time and spending time with their date so kids wont be really out of hand.” Although, as another senior noted, that won’t subtract from the fun. “Afterprom is going to be absolutely ridiculous! Everyone will be showing up looking for a good time and expecting one. Kids are going to go crazy, dance until the night ends, and hopefully have one of the greatest nights of their lives!” And, the next morning, many seniors will be shipping off to the Hamptons for the afterprom weekend. After a hectic two days, seniors will look to cool off at the beach.