OXFORD – What do you get when you decorate a high school gym with voluminous amounts of gossamer and tulle? A gym.
No matter how you dress it up, prom just doesn’t feel like prom when it is held in the same high school gym that every other dance is held in.
Members of the Junior Class Prom Committee successfully made that point to the Oxford School Board on Monday night. After a detailed presentation, they were granted permission to hold their Junior Prom at the Canasawacta Country Club in Norwich. It is the first time in the modern history of the school that students have been allowed to hold the event off campus.
Representing the Prom Committee at the board of education meeting were Oxford Juniors Kim Shackelton, Jaime Smolcnop and Ashley Nichols and class advisor Tim Calice. They came armed with information gathered from student and faculty surveys as well as historical data from other schools. Their legwork paid off.
Having the prom at the Country Club would make it a “once in a lifetime memorable event,” said Shackelton, whereas holding it in the high school gym would be “nothing different” from other dances held throughout the year.