Rappahannock News - - FRONT PAGE - — Jimmy Swindler

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.




THE PROM COURT: Fletcher Allred, king; Han­nah Ben­nett, queen; Kayla Robey, princess; and Caleb Ramey, prince.

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