Seniors won’t soon forget their prom

May 27, 2010 — by Grishma Athavale and Vivien Lu

For the first time, senior prom was held at Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose, a luxurious 4 star mansion turned into a hotel. The memorable evening was held on May 15 with around 300 attendants to enjoy the food, dancing and friends.

“The most enjoyable part about prom was being able to spend it with all of my friends,” senior Andy Berman said. “I got to share lasting moments with them. Also, the location was so beautiful; everything was so fancy.”

The senior class made money from the event as the bid price ranged from $98 to $103.

“The biggest issue by the end of [prom] planning was selling enough bids to cover the cost of the entire event,” said senior class treasurer Ameeka Shenoy, “but it all worked out very well, and we were able to cover all of our costs without a problem.”

This year’s theme was “Don’t You Forget About Me,” based on a song by Simple Minds from the ’80s.

“The theme was very well incorporated into the dance because we’re all leaving a mark as seniors,” said senior Lauren Opatrny. “We will never forget Saratoga High, and we don’t want to be forgotten either.”

To ensure that students would be able to dance to their favorite songs, there was a Facebook group created to be able to request songs.

“The DJ played most of the songs from the request group, but the music could have been more diverse,” Berman said. “There could have been more slow songs or old school songs; not everything had to be the most up-to-date.”

Similar to junior prom, one problem seniors encountered was the small size of the dance floor.

“It could have been bigger,” Berman said. “The spacing wasn’t too great and there was an issue with fitting onto the dance floor.”

Like any restaurant, the dinner composed of bread, salad, main course, and dessert.

“I don’t think that the food met any of our expectations,” junior Kyle Fukui said. “It felt like just another meal to me.”

However, these were minor setbacks that could not hinder the overall experience.

“Prom was especially special this year because it was such a good way to end the year,” Opatrny said. “Everyone is a little bit emotional because we’re graduating and we won’t really see each other again. It was like the one last time to get dressed up and spend a night together.”

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