By Amanda Arp
Prom is a treasured tradition of many high schools, including North Tama. On Saturday, May 2, girls in swirling gowns and boys in dashing suits came to celebrate and have fun with their classmates in a classy, beautiful atmosphere. This year's prom was based around the theme of the Roaring 20's.
The celebration began at 6:00 with the Grand March, an optional activity for the couples for the benefit of the community. During the Grand March, two announcers, Mr. Brandon Clubb and Mrs. Molly Clubb, read off information about each person as they walked through the North Tama gym for everyone to see. Once everyone was through the Grand March, members of the community were able to talk with the couples before they left to go to the Memorial Building.
The previous day, many juniors and other helpers came to the Memorial Building to decorate it under the direction of Mrs. Patty Calderwood and make it a pleasant atmosphere to party in. A huge chandelier was created and hung from the ceiling, and a black Model A was brought in for the picture area. Couples and groups could get their pictures taken by Lattins in front of the Model A. The dinner and dance portion of prom started at 7:00. Students, teachers, administrators, school board members and other present adults could choose from chicken or steak for their main course and from strawberry or chocolate cheesecake for their dessert. After the meal, the dance began and the students could dance to their heart's content.
At around 11:00, the girls and boys were allowed to sign out. While they were gone, the students who were willing had to prepare for After Prom, which was to be held at the Wartburg-Waverly Sports and Wellness Center, commonly referred to as "the W". At 12:30, the girls and boys left from Silver Streak Lanes on buses. While at the W, the students could swim, go rock climbing, play racquetball, participate in a dodgeball game, watch a movie, get a temporary tattoo or even get a caricature of themselves. After a couple of hours, the tired (and maybe wet) students got back on the buses and headed back to Traer. The buses were quiet on the way home.
The students and their supervisors were fed a nice breakfast while gifts of electronics and gift certificates were drawn for. Big screen televisions, electronic picture frames and speakers are just a few examples of the prizes the juniors and seniors had a chance to receive. When every gift was gone and the food finished, the students were free to leave.
North Tama's 2009 Prom was a smashing success, done with the flare of a 1920's bash. The students, as well as the rest of the community, will surely look forward to next year's prom and remember this one as an enjoyable experience.