MARSHALL - The endless winter will be interrupted by an endless summer at Marshall High School.
"Endless Summer" is the theme of this year's Marshall High School prom. Grand march is at 7:30 p.m.
"Parents can start coming in at 6:45," said Michelle Noriega, prom adviser. The cost to attend the grand march is $4 at the door.
Photo by Karin Elton
Bryan Vigil stands by as Thomas Wyatt-Yerka creates lighting to shine on the grand march archway Friday as the two pitched in to help set up for prom set-up at Marshall High School.
Noriega said 128 couples and 19 individuals will attend prom.
"That's more than we've had in quite a few years," she said.
The gym is set up to look like a tropical paradise, and there will be plenty of opportunities for photos students can stand next to a hammerhead shark or a tiki bar.
"Parents have a half hour to take photos," Noriega said.
Before the grand march, Photoworks photographers will take photos of prom-goers in the library and will also take candid photos throughout the night. Parents can go online to select photos. Earlier in the day will be more opportunities for photos. Prom-goers can gather at 2 p.m. by the fireplace on the second floor of the student center at Southwest Minnesota State University.
Noriega said the decorating committee members have outdone themselves this year.
"Roberta Wyatt headed up the committee and has borrowed different things or the committee created what they needed," Noriega said. "They've had partnerships with groups in the community."
The hammerhead shark, for instance, is borrowed from the Wooden Nickel, said Wyatt.
In addition, student art from the high school and middle school has also been incorporated into the beachy decorations.
After the grand march is over, students will be ushered into the cafeteria so the decorations can be pushed aside so the floor is free for the dance. A DJ will be set up to play music during the grand march and the dance. Snacks will be provided throughout the evening.
At midnight, balloons will drop from the ceiling signaling the end of the prom. The after-prom party will commence in the north gym and end at 2:30 a.m. Video games, dartboards, a pool table and four large inflatables are among the activities set up to entertain the students.
"The prize drawings start at 2 a.m.," Noriega said. "Kids must be present to win. Lots of businesses contributed and the prom committee has purchased prizes also. The grand prize will be the last prize of the night."
"Terri Downing, the mom in charge of the after-prom party, wants to let prom parents know that it is never too late to volunteer to be a chaperone," said Noriega.