Students transformed for high school ball
Formal dresses and tuxedos danced around the room on Saturday 18 when Tokoroa High School had their Olympus ball.
The theme this year was decided by head students Tiare Manu and Teariki-terae Tearoa-natua and was said to be the best ball yet.
Co-organiser Darnel Manu said that 150 people attended the ball, 20 of those being staff who dressed as Greek Gods and Goddesses.
Taking out the night with King and Queen was Cruze Pomare and Reegan Ford followed by Matthew Letonga and Curacao Kaea taking Prince and Princess.
Couple of the night went to Tave Tuakana-natua and Cherish Simeon.
Manu said the highlight of the night was seeing all of the students turn up so well dressed.
‘‘Seeing those girls who don’t normally wear high heels and make up, they just totally transformed and they looked beautiful.’’
She said that the boys were really respectful and were opening car doors and treating the girls really well.
‘‘The reason we like to go all out is because some of the students will never get an opportunity like this.’’
She said it was their chance to be kings and queens for the day.
A red carpet was laid out and families were waiting to taking photos as cars began to turn up.
‘‘Two fire engines came in and we also had Harley Davidsons,’’ said Manu.
She said some of the students told her that they felt like royalty.
This year the school had a photo booth that printed instant photos which Manu said the Students loved.
At the end of the night everyone received a medal with the Tokoroa High School logo on the front and Olympus engraved on the back.
Manu said from all accounts the students absolutely loved it.
‘‘Every year we try to make it the best ball ever, and I think to date this one is it.’’
Deputy Principal Butch Rothman said ‘‘I think it is the most wonderful thing that can happen for the students’’.
Tickets started at $55 in term one, and went up to $70 just before the ball.
This cost went towards the payment of the ball which was estimated at $8000-$9000 in total.