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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Past, current students say prom's memories stay vivid

  • “It's amazing how kids, seeing the previous prom, always want to outdo it,” she said. “They all know the standard is high. Those who really put the time into creating prom will tell you it is so much more fun than being in prom itself.”
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  • "It's amazing how kids, seeing the previous prom, always want to outdo it," she said. "They all know the standard is high. Those who really put the time into creating prom will tell you it is so much more fun than being in prom itself."
    McPherson yearbooks show the theme from prom in 1973 was "The Progressive Party." 1983 was "An Evening in the Park." The 1993 theme stemmed from "Phantom of the Opera," and 2003 was "Aurora Borealis and the Northern Lights."
    This year's prom theme is "Hollywood Nights."
    Logan Schrag, president of the junior class and therefore the event organizers, said decorations will involve the Hollywood hills complete with the Hollywood sign.
    "Prom is a very magical night for everybody," he said. "With all the decorations, it feels like you're not in the high school. It makes it a cool experience."
    The juniors have been meeting all school year and even worked several hours every day of spring break to prepare.
    "Everyone's going to walk down that tunnel and down the stairs, and they're going to be like, 'wow.' That's the hope anyway."
    Despite some aspects that vary from year to year, however, dancing is one tradition that all students experience.
    According to Billboard magazine, in 1973, the most popular song was "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" by Tony Orlando and Dawn. It is no doubt the top song "Every Breath You Take" by The Police was played at the 1983 prom. And no one was quick to forget "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston in 1993. For those dancing the night away in 2003, they would have likely heard "In da Club" by 50 Cent.
    This year, Billboard's top three songs this week are "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars and "Suit & Tie" by Justin Timberlake.
    Kara Fielding, 2008 McPherson graduate, said it's the music that brings everyone together.
    "It's fun and interactive," she said. "You can be yourself out there, have fun and let loose."
    This happens especially when a popular song plays that everyone knows.
    "Everyone gets excited about that one song and looks at each other and goes crazy for it." she said. "All
    I can think about is a big crowd doing the same dance."
    Fielding said certain songs still bring her back to those moments. Those feelings also come back when she styles hair for the event for her work.
    "You look back and crack up and think those were fun times," she said. "I wish I could go back every year."
    Contact Jenae Pauls at jpauls@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow her on Twitter @PaulsSentinel
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