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Remi McKim, Journalist • May 16, 2024
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Festival of Lights

Prom 2024
Credit: Remi McKim

This past month, on April 27th, 2024, Mountain Ridge’s annual prom was held at Chateau Luxe. This venue is one that Ridge frequently uses, as it is deemed a traditional prom venue. The venue contains a large lobby, with couches and high tables, which leads into the dance floor where snacks and tables can be found. Finally, the entrance to a courtyard with more high tables is found on the right side of the dance floor. All tables are adorned with centerpieces. The centerpieces this year contained a yellow flower, an ode to the theme. Meanwhile, an example of a ‘non-traditional’ prom venue was the 2023 prom, held at the Arizona Science Center. At this venue, activities were available for the seniors and juniors to do, and there was even a dog who made the rounds in the venue. 

The theme this year was “Festival of Lights” and was a homage to “Tangled”, the hit Disney film about the tale of Rapunzel. The venue had a photo opportunity as there was an area set up that contained vines and a sheet background that depicted lanterns, a castle, and Maximus, the horse from the movie. Lanterns sat on the tables, along with the yellow flowers. Water and lemonade were made available to everyone, along with delicious churros, fruit tarts, and brownies. Another photo booth was available in the back, this time being a traditional photo booth.

Due to the theme, many of this year’s promposals focused on Rapunzel. They frequently played off the lantern motif with titles with names like“Light Up My Night At Prom” or “Wanna Get Tangled Up At Prom?” As well, even dresses were influenced by the theme. Sam Cross (11)  wore a gorgeous purple full-length dress and a mini Pascal, the chameleon that keeps Rapunzel company, on her shoulder.

Sam clarified her reason for her dress, explaining: “I chose a purple dress to fit in with the Tangled/Rapunzel theme and I thought the flowers on the dress were really pretty.”

On the addition of the reptilian friend, Sam said, “I wanted to get a mini-crochet pascal as an addition to my dress to feel more like the princess.” She went on to add that he was only about fifteen dollars from an Etsy shop, so wonderful investment to add to the night.

Overall, the night was amazing, from the decorations to the atmosphere and everyone enjoyed the theme. As the 2023-2024 school year draws to a close, prom was a nice last event to remember the year by.

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Remi McKim
Remi McKim, Journalist
Remi McKim is a junior and this is her third year writing for the newspaper. She is the Vice President of the Student Government along with officer positions in five other clubs. She spends the majority of her time reading books and watching shows and movies- and even more time dissecting them.

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