Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Signal Mountain High School students are continuing the three-year tradition of the Alexian Senior Prom, to be held at Alexian Thursday, March 10 from 7 to 9 p.m.
“They have a lot to teach us and we have a lot to teach them; we taught them the electric slide, and I learned the fox trot,” said SMHS senior Marley Hartman about last year’s Alexian Senior Prom. “It’s fun to interact with different groups in the community.”
“The students came up with the idea the first year the school was open, when there was no senior class,” said Mountain Education Foundation Executive Director Mike Taylor, who has helped coordinate the dance with Alexian officials each year.
He said MEF provides the DJ for the event, for which Alexian supplies the space and refreshments.
“It’s a way to say thank you for all they’ve done for our schools,” said Taylor.
Alexian residents have shown their support for SMHS in ways ranging from after-school tutoring to packing the football stands at away games, said Brandi Buntain, SMHS prom committee faculty sponsor.
She said the students will create a traditional prom atmosphere at Alexian with the same masquerade-theme decorations they will use at their own prom this April, including a backdrop for photos taken by students from the school’s photography club.
“We serve punch and hors d’ouerves, just like a regular old prom,” said Buntain.
Attendees from Alexian and SMHS dress up in tuxedos and gowns to dance the night away to tunes from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, she said.
“They come to dance — there’s no sitting down,” said Buntain of both age groups. “The kids are really looking forward to it, and it gives them the opportunity to see older people still having fun and dancing.”