Prom-goers to celebrate at Blue Mountain
This year, Northwestern Lehigh prom-goers will celebrate the culmination of their high school years with the arresting views of Blue Mountain Resort as a backdrop.
The prom, on May 29, signals a week-long celebration that concludes an important phase of life for Northwestern graduates at Stabler Arena six days later.
Prom plans have been in the works for more than a year.
“We decided [on Blue Mountain] last year, around April or May,” said Class President Quentin Bernhard. “We fell in love with it right away.
“It was a neat room with high ceilings that angled down and there was a balcony [where] you could have a breath of fresh air. It has a cool view with the windows.”
Bernhard and class officers Christian Parker, vice president; McKenzi Divers, secretary; and Emma Conrey, treasurer; agreed on the venue and other choices as well.
“Blue Mountain has a big dance floor and minimum decorations were needed,” said Erika Thomas. “I think the food [choices] were also good.
“There were a lot of options and good prices. [The officers] wanted it to be a new place and the prices seemed kind of reasonable.”
Prom-goers will feast on a buffet that includes beef burgundy, chicken parmesan, and fettuccini Alfredo.
Hor d’oeuvres feature bruschetta, Swedish meatballs, spring rolls and buffalo bites. A sundae bar will cap the culinary offerings.
“There are a lot of details that had to be taken care of to insure a successful prom, like choosing a venue and menu everyone would enjoy and getting the photographer and DJ,” said Steph Dunbar, one of the two class advisers.
The officers also considered Iron Lakes as a possible location but Dunbar said Blue Mountain won because “the view of the mountains gave it an elegant look.”
Officers opted to forgo adopting a specific theme for this year’s prom.
“We kind of discussed it but [committing to a theme] comes with a lot of costs,” said Bernhard. “The place is nice enough that it could stand alone, so decorations didn’t feel necessary.”
“Because the place has a classic and elegant look, we don’t need decorations,” Dunbar explained. “They want to keep the décor minimum.
“The centerpieces will be a charger with a glass dome and black foil wrapped Hershey Kisses and gold foil wrapped Rolos and there will be a photo booth.”
Getting to the prom can be an issue but Maria Haddad said her father is providing a party bus of sorts for her closest friends and their dates.
“It’s one of the nicest Beiber coaches,” she said. “My dad did the same thing last year for my brother.”
Many prom-goers searched on-line for the perfect attire to mark the occasion.
Thomas, who is going to the prom with a friend, said she is wearing “a black dress with white beading on the bodice,” which she found online.
“I ordered two dresses and I kept one of them,” Thomas said. “I’m getting an up-do the day of the prom.”
Michaela Koenig bought her dress at Footlights at Northampton Crossings.
“I didn’t expect to get orange but my dress is orange with intricate beading all around the top,” she said. “I went to the junior prom at Northern Lehigh, but this year I’ll know everyone so I won’t be afraid to show my personality.
“Just seeing everybody and being with them will be fun.”
CE Roth and Men’s Warehouse each “generously provided two free tuxedos or suits to senior males willing to wear one during the school day,” said Dunbar. “Then, the kids go back and pick the one they want.”
Bernhard’s date for the prom is his girlfriend Katelyn Morrison.
“I’m wearing a European cut tuxedo with a blue tie and pocket square to match Katelyn’s dress,” Bernhard said.
Isabel Dietrich said she is “going with a group of people.”
She searched for her dress for quite some time.
“Humans in general are attracted to spectacles and this is an opportunity to see one and participate in it as well,” she mused. “No one in my family has gone to the prom.
“It will be a new experience for both me and my mom.”
Class Advisor Lauren Elsenbaumer discussed “prom” in general.
“I think prom still remains relevant in that it represents tradition, [and an event] that all students look forward to throughout their high school years,” said Lauren Elsenbaumer, class adviser. “To celebrate Prom serves as an ‘equalizer’ across various high schools and even generations.
“Everyone looks forward to their own prom and later everyone has [memories] of this moment to last past their days in high school.”
The evening promises to be memorable.
“We sold 198 tickets,” said Dunbar. “We feel excited about the number of seniors who will be attending the prom and enjoying the festivities.
“We did everything we could to accommodate every single senior.”
“A lot [of prom-goers] are seniors but there’s a good number of guests accompanying them who aren’t,” said Bernhard.
In advance of the prom, every senior will receive a commemorative gift.
“Each senior is receiving a black coffee mug with a gold “Class of 2016” insignia on it,” said Elsenbaumer. “This mug will also serve as place cards for the prom.
“Students who are not attending prom will still receive one as a memento of their graduating class.”
“We had a little money left, so we thought it would be nice to give each senior a party favor,” said Parker who helped design the mug.
“The prom is a great way for seniors to celebrate their high school careers” so the mug will be a good memento.
On average, each ticket costs $100, but Dunbar said the price “varied on whether or not the student paid class dues.”
Besides Principal Eileen Yadush and Assistant Principal Don Allen, chaperones include the two advisers, Janelle Keglovitz, Erica Gross, and Michele and Eric Shellhamer.
“Students have looked forward to prom since the moment they heard about it, probably years ago,” said Elsenbaumer. “It serves as a culminating celebration of their friendships, memories, triumphs, and efforts as a graduating class.”
“It’s a rite of passage. Everything is shifting. You’re changing and evolving [but] the prom is a thing that’s rooted in tradition,” said Dietrich. “The [idea of the] prom brings a sort of comfort [tied to] that tradition.”
“I really do connect to this class,” she added, pointing out that she and many of her classmates were born in 1997, further strengthening their connection.
“This will be my third prom but I have to say I’m excited that I’m going to my own,” Thomas said. “It will be fun to go to a final dance with everyone I’ve grown up with.”
“I’m definitely excited,” said Bernhard. “It’s going to be a time to remember.
“I want it to be a time for everyone to proudly look back on.”