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Prom still a big event for high schoolers

Prom season is upon us, and although some of the rules have changed over the years, this highly anticipated, often celebrated, end of the school year tradition still plays a significant role in the lives of local seniors.

Laura Martin, a senior at Farragut High School, said about the importance prom season has, “It’s a big deal.”

She added, “People start talking about and planning for prom in January.”

Many teens have traveled to Chattanooga or Atlanta to find the perfect dress, while others have searched and shopped for dresses on the Internet.

On average, girls spend around $300 for a new dress. When factoring in additional expenses of shoes, jewelry, hair and nails, prom attire can be quite costly.

FHS senior Sarah Hebbeler said, “When all is said and done, I will end up spending around $600 on prom.”

Borrowing prom dresses is not out of the question though.

Many girls have borrowed outfits from friends in the past, but said that for their senior prom, they wanted to purchase their own dress and set their own style.

The selection of a prom date differs with this generation of teens. When asked if it was necessary to be dating the person that they go to prom with, the unanimous answer was, “No.”

FHS senior Jennifer Burgess said, “It’s cool to go with a guy who is a friend.”

She added, “It takes the pressure off because you can just be yourself and have fun.”

Some girls have done the asking themselves, and say that this is also acceptable.

When asked who pays for the prom ticket and dinner when the girl does the inviting, most said that they would split the cost with their date.

Picture taking seems to be the before prom event, followed by dinner and arriving to prom fashionably late.

The after prom festivities may include a group going to one person’s home, borrowing or renting a lake house, or going out for a late night meal.

Most before and after parties are chaperoned by parents. The Farragut High School prom will be held on Saturday, April 24, at the Knoxville Convention Center.

The Bearden High School prom will be held Saturday, April 24, at the Marriott Hotel.


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