MARSHALL - Marshall High School juniors and seniors will "Light up the Night!" at prom Saturday.
"Light up the Night!" is this year's theme, and there will be plenty of lights on hand. They will be like the glowsticks that fluoresce, said Michelle Noriega, MA-TEC assistant principal and prom adviser.
"They should glow for five or six hours," she said.
Photo by Karin Elton
Marshall High School juniors Natalie Sovell and Elizabeth Her carry one of the light-filled decorations Thursday evening that will be used for Saturday’s prom.
About 230 students are expected to attend prom this year.
"That's 20 fewer than last year, but the numbers are up from previous years," she said.
Noriega said the students' parents are helping with prom preparations.
"They are so organized - it's amazing," she said. "They've done a lot of work to make the prom fun and safe for the kids."
More help would be appreciated for the teardown on Sunday, she added.
Students will arrive between 5:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday. Once they have entered the building they are expected to remain until 2:30 a.m. when the after prom activities have concluded.
Parents can arrive to attend grand march starting at 6:15 and enter through the gym doors. The grand march will start at 7 p.m. and should conclude by 8:15.
At the conclusion of grand march, there will be a half hour available for parents to take photos with the students in the gym area.
All parents and guests would leave the gym by 8:30 p.m. so the area can be set up for the dance.
A hypnotist will perform between grand march and the dance. After the dance, there will be a variety of activities for the students including Family Feud, bingo, foosball and pool tables, inflatables, Laser tag and a bungee run.
"We'll have tons of food," Noriega said.
In addition to games, prizes and food, the students will get to take home a light-up cup that they can design or get each others' signatures.
"At the end, we'll have a 7-Up toast," Noriega said.