The 2000 Steamboat Springs High School prom was a huge success, and an even bigger success was the first after-prom party.
Many students didn't know quite what to expect from the after-prom shindig. As the night went on, it became apparent that many students were going to just "stop by" and see what the party had to offer.
If any of the students were like me, they were pleasantly surprised.
The school was filled with lights, incredible decorations, music, and fun. A red convertible sat in the entrance; real grass, flowers, park benches and street lamps created the "central park" atmosphere; disco lights, loud music and a DJ kept many students dancing, a food court was available all night.
But the most popular spot was the gym.
Students' mouths dropped when they saw the new gym filled with inflatable obstacle courses, a laser tag game, gladiator joust platform, bungee run, and bouncy boxing. The gym literally looked like a carnival, and students felt like they were 10 again.
For many, just "stopping by" turned into staying all night.
Every half hour, students eagerly checked the prize board, and early in the morning, the grand prizes were given away. Unfortunately, some students (like me) left the party early and their names were drawn for the grand prize.
One of the favorites of the night was the hypnotist. Daniel James kept us laughing as he hypnotized several students.
Many people know that high school students are especially critical, but I have not heard one ill word spoken about the after-prom party.
Mny students believe that the community doesn't care about the teens, but the party proved us wrong.
I was very impressed at the participation of the parents and the donations from many community members. Many students realized how much the community does care and wants to provide a safe, fun place for us to be. The school administration was up at 5 a.m. and gladly helped out with much thanks and appreciation from students.
The party was a huge success and a very fun time. Thank you to all those who helped, donated, participated and supported the after-prom party.
Joleen Fuller is a senior at Steamboat Springs High School and an intern at the Steamboat Pilot.