School Life - Prom

Focus on friends & having fun

By Paulina Lopez
Times-News correspondent 

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Prom is a time for friends and fun. / [Metro Creative Graphics

   There’s a lot of hype that surrounds prom.
Multiple movies and books focus on the big day, touting it as a magical night full of possibilities.
But is prom like its movie and book counterparts?
Jennie Walker, a student at Clover Garden School, confessed that while prom did not live up to the cliche expectations, it was fun in its own way.
“Good friends and music really made the whole night,” she said.
Isn’t the whole whole point of prom that teenagers have a good time with their friends?
Dancing and friends are important, but another key element of prom is the dressing up.
People spend hundreds of dollars every year for that one night, but is it all worth it?
A’Zane Troxler, a student at Clover Garden School, spent about $400 read more…

First prom offers lessons for next year

By Paulina Lopez
Times-News correspondent 

Paulina Lopez / Times-News correspondent

One of the most exciting and memorable nights in a teen’s life — prom — can also be a   planning nightmare.
There’s a lot of pressure for the night to be perfect. The days leading up to prom can be   stressful and one of those reasons is the expense.
This was my first prom so I didn’t know what to expect.
The problem was the dress. Finding a beautiful and affordable dress when you’re not a size 2   is difficult.
The dress I selected was way over my budget — $233 — but I had noticed dresses priced $400 and up, so I didn’t feel that bad about it. Makeup application was an additional $50 and it cost  $40 to have my hair done.
Was it all worth it? Yes.
It’s not every day that I get to dress up and feel like a princess. It was a memorable night.
The prices really caught me by surprise, but at least now I know what to expect for my senior prom.

Paulina Lopez is a junior at Clover Garden School and a Teens & 20s writer.

Budget breakdown: Cost of prom vs. wedding

By Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent 

Illustration by Logan A. White / Times-News correspondent

Prom is one of the biggest events in a high schooler’s life — and one of the most expensive events, too.
Add up the cost of buying a new dress, getting your hair and nails done, and renting a limo, and it might sound like you’re preparing to get married. But are prom expenses really comparable to the similar aspects of a wedding? Here’s four cost-crunching categories that pit prom vs. weddings.
   Nailing it: Having a fresh, neat manicure and pedicure can make a look, whether it be your prom night or wedding day. Of course, the cost of getting a manicure is the same regardless of the event. The average manicure costs about read more…

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