Juniors Experience ‘Starry Night’

Pauline Yang, reporter

Spring arrived and so did “Starry Night,” this year’s Junior Prom on March 16 at the Hale Koa Hotel, Banyan Tree Ballroom.

Girls got to pick their dresses, do their make-up and hair while boys chose their ties, outfit and hairstyle.

“I liked getting ready for Prom because it made me feel like a princess,” said Tina Ho (11).

From the moment juniors entered the ballroom, many different shades of blue were seen, creating the feeling of being under a starry sky. Tables had centerpieces of vases filled with clear and blue marbles with silver-blue star sprays sticking out, a star shaped pillow with “Starry Night” written on it, blue fanned napkins and small glass cups with lit candles. Emcees Grace Lu (11) and Devin Smith (11) welcomed everyone and gave tips throughout the whole night. Smith was an enthusiastic speaker who made everyone laugh.

“I had a really great time and I wouldn’t mind being an emcee for Senior Prom,” he said.

The dinner menu consisted of chicken, char-siu fried noodles, crab legs, fruits, pasta and cakes. As for entertainment, Lu and the whole Junior Prom committee performed. Lu sang and played “Superman” by Joe Brooks on her guitar.

“I was actually really nervous when I performed but I’m happy I did it,” said Lu.

The prom committee did a dance routine to “Wedding Dress” by TaeYang, “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO, “Next to You” by Justin Bieber and Chris Brown and “Without You” by David Guetta.

“I thought the performance was awesome, everyone was having fun, and I enjoyed performing ‘Wedding Dress,’’” said Andrew Gibson (11).

Juniors also played the games “DJ Says” and “Name That Tune.” “DJ Says” is similar to “Simon Says” except the DJ from Audio Zone is “Simon” of the game. For “Name That Tune,” students had to listen carefully to different songs played for a short time and write the titles on their table’s paper. For the remaining two hours of prom, students had time to dance and have photos taken by Ishikawa Photography.

“I enjoyed dancing although I was not really great at it, but I tried and had fun,” said Anthony Chen (11).

The Junior Prom Committee did a great job in preparation. The publicity subcommittee spread the word on bid sales and ticket pick-ups with flyers, banners and word. Entertainment planned the games and songs. Programs set up the schedule and decorations brought enjoyed working with people in these committees. There was some frustration along the way but the prom committee made it through.

“I want to thank everyone so much for helping with prom, especially Ms. Akasaki who was our Prom advisor,” said Ly. “’Starry Night’ couldn’t have been a great night without the help of Mr. Saito (World History and American Problems teacher). He helped us get the location and our prom experience was awesome!”