It was a celestial evening of dancing at the old Washington schoolhouse where Rappahannock County High School hosted its annual Junior-Senior Prom Saturday. The theme was Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” an oil painting regarded as among van Gogh’s finest works. In keeping with the theme, the décor and mood created by the students, their parents, and faculty members was truly heavenly.
The Prom Court included Fletcher Allred, king, Hannah Bennett, queen, Caleb Ramey, prince, and Kayla Robey, princess.
The event itself was the culmination of months of preparation and the sum of the efforts of many volunteers throughout the Rappahannock community. With the advent of Afterprom, a safe and healthy alternative for students to attend after the main event is over, the evening continued into the pre-dawn hours of Sunday.
Pre-event activities included an in-school assembly for prom-bound students where they were encouraged to sign a Prom Pledge and commit to an alcohol and drug-free evening. In a heartfelt address to students, RCHS parent Kim McKiernan delivered the sobering message that drug and alcohol related accidents don’t just happen to other people. Founder of the local chapter of Mothers Against Destructive Decisions (MADD), Kim shared the story of the loss of her son Logan, an RCHS student at the time, to a drunk driving accident, driving home the message that individual decisions can be a matter of life and death.
When the clock struck 11:30 p.m., the party continued on at RCHS where Afterprom participants rollicked into the wee hours of Sunday. Sponsored by faculty member Joy Richardson, Afterprom offered a dizzying array of activities that rivaled the attractions of an ocean-front boardwalk including bungee runs, obstacle courses, ping pong, corn hole, life-size chess and Jenga, henna and airbrush tattoos, caricature artists, and even football and basketball. The Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club helped organize the event and coordinated setup and cleanup.
ON THE DANCE FLOOR
THE PROM COURT: Fletcher Allred, king; Hannah Bennett, queen; Kayla Robey, princess; and Caleb Ramey, prince.