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UNITED: Third annual Vintage Prom deemed success

by REBECCA McCAULEY, Gazette Student News Reporter on April 26, 2013 10:50 AM

ARMAGH — Recently, United High School held the third annual Vintage Prom.

This event is an opportunity for any female student who plans on attending prom to find a dress to wear, have her hair and makeup done, and get an idea of what she wants to look like for prom.

Vintage Prom was originally held as a gown exchange because so many people have gowns that they never wear; however, the event quickly expanded to include beauticians who attended to help the girls with their hair, makeup and nails.

“It’s like a big recycled clothing drive,” said Jane Short, Vintage Prom’s adviser who was in charge of putting together this volunteer event.

In order to prepare, Short sent out letters to senior high girls who plan on attending prom and advertised the event to request donations. As Short explained, everything needed to make the event a success, “is all donated.”

For example, Kristie Good, agriculture teacher, donated flowers and decorations for Vintage Prom, and Josie Ross, retired family and consumer science teacher, returned to United to assist with the event. Ross and Short were the teachers who originally created Vintage Prom.

When asked how many students attend per year, Short responded, “The average is 25 students.” Short also commented that “although there were not as many people in attendance this year as in previous years, it was a really good time.”

Sophomore Allison Secorie, who helped out for the first time this year, decorated, organized the food and dresses, and set everything up.

When asked if she thought Vintage Prom is a positive thing to have for students, Secorie said, “It is fun and relaxing; it helps girls get a good idea of what they want for prom, and it gets them pumped.”

Halee Reasor, a junior who has helped with Vintage Prom for two years now, did everything she could to help. For instance, Reasor found the hairstylist who attended the event this year.

When asked what the experience was like for her, Reasor said, “It was amazing. Not only do you get to help out before the event, but you get to experience the event, too. It is so much fun.”

Sophomore Deanna Chero, who volunteered for the first time this year, helped to decorate and set up everything. Chero thought that Vintage Prom was, “fun. All the girls got their hair and makeup done and could get painted tattoos.”

Jill Snyder, a junior who attended Vintage Prom for the first time this year, thought that it was a nice event. When asked what made her decide to attend, Snyder said, “I went because all of my friends were going, but I’m glad that I did.”

Nicolette Deyarmin, a senior who attended and helped to organize the event for the first time this year, decided to become involved because “Mrs. Short asked me to be on the committee; I thought it would be fun, and it was.”

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