Editorial: Prom is great, but could be improved

We’re not sure if prom really is the “most magical” night of a high schoolers life, but everyone on the Charger staff had a great time this weekend.

We love seeing everyone dressed up in dresses and tuxedos for promenade and seeing everyone pull up in the nice vehicles, or in some cases, farm equipment. The traditional dodgeball tournament, tricycle races and inflatables at after prom make everyone tired but the memories are the best.

Still, we think there are some ways prom can be improved.

The junior class tries their best to make prom amazing, but is missing multiple days of school to decorate really necessary? The idea behind having three days of set up is that every junior has a chance to go to the hall and decorate for prom. In reality, only a few juniors are allowed to leave school, while the rest stay behind in half-empty classes. We think that spending more time outside of school decorating would be less disruptive.

Sunday after prom, all juniors are expected to clean up the hall, but only a few show up every year. A great solution to this would be paying the sophomore class to clean and letting them pick and choose what they want for prom the next year. Since there are fewer sophomores at prom it would be a great way for them to fundraise.

As we sit in class three days after prom, all the attendees are still tired from ruining their sleep schedule and staying up until 3 a.m. The dance was scheduled to go until 11 p.m., but most people were out the door before 10. Starting After Prom earlier would get students home and in bed by 1 a.m. instead of 3 or 4. We know that After Prom is supposed to keep kids from partying, but after eight or nine hours of prom activities, and several more hours of prep for some people, most students will be ready for bed at 1 a.m.

There’s also a potential solution already built into district schedule. Every April features a professional development day for teachers (although this year was disrupted because of snow days). Putting that day on the Monday after prom would solve the problem of prom zombies showing up unprepared to learn.

All in all, we love prom, but we don’t think it should disrupt school for more than a week.

The editorial is the opinion of the Charger staff. Send letters to the editor to whscharger@gmail.com.

Opinion: Barber siblings handle pressing prom questions

Siblings Luke and Laurel Barber are back to answer the most pressing issues surrounding Saturday’s WHS Prom.

How much should I spend on Prom?

Laurel: The max you should spend on prom night is $250 between flowers, the dress or tux, dinner and accessories. There is no need to go crazy for prom. It’s one night and you probably will forget about it after high school.

Luke: Spend? I didn’t spend a single dime on prom. All my clothing is hand-sewn and crafted from recycled ocean plastic. If you’re spending money on anything other than food you are absolutely certifiably stupid.

What should I drive?

Laurel: Some schools don’t do a promenade, but Wabaunsee does. It’s a cool way to show off the dresses and tuxes. Showing up in a super cool vehicle is awesome. It’s a flex on everyone else. But if the vehicle doesn’t suit your personality you don’t have to take it. Take something you like and shows you.

Luke: Well, if you’re looking for cheap, here’s a few options. Wheelbarrow, tricycles, hitch hike, cartwheel. It doesn’t matter. No one else cares what you drive. People only care about what they take so don’t worry too much about it. In three years no one will remember anyway.

What are some good conversation topics if I want to avoid awkwardness with my date?

Laurel: Try going to prom with a friend — which is super cool. No need to only go to prom if you are in a relationship. The night can get awkward if you and your date don’t have a lot to talk about. The best way to find ideas to talk about is ask them about things they like and see where it goes.

Luke: Current Eco-Political atmosphere. Just talk about little things like that — not too serious but still topical for our age. Or just do what most people do at prom and gossip about other couples’ outfits. Either/or really.

What are some essential manners for Prom?

Laurel: Prom essential manners are something that is in the unsaid book of high school. To latch arms for the red carpet, the male sticks his arm out and the girl wraps her arm around his. This way it’s not awkward trying to watch them walk. The male should open the door and allow the girl to walk in first.

Luke: Fend for yourself. Again no one cares what you do. Everyone is too worried about what they are doing. Or try to be as awkward as you can and try to make people really uncomfortable that would be funny.

What are some huge mistakes to avoid?

Laurel: Mistakes to avoid at prom are thinking that everyone should stop what they are doing and focus on you. When you are getting ready, everyone else is busy and you should be grateful that they are spending the day with you.

Luke: Don’t throw up walking down in front of everyone. Too often has that mistake been made. The worst part is that the next couple has to walk through it. It’s just a matter of time until someone pukes themselves and then the whole prom is stained green. Don’t make that mistake two years in a row — trust me.

Is Prom as important as everyone says it is?

Laurel: Prom night is as important as you want it to be. If prom is the best night of your life then let it be. Don’t let anyone ruin the night for you because of their opinion.

Luke: I can’t remember half of what happened before or after. If it’s important to you, don’t go — it will never be as “magical” as you think it will be.

— Laurel Barber, Luke Barber, @Lawl_e_20, @lubarberler

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