The end of the school year is nearing, which means it is time for prom! Prom is a longstanding tradition among Bonneville and many other schools nationwide. This year’s prom theme is Enchanted Forest, promising a magical time for the attending Bonneville students. The location and time of the dance are Idaho Falls’ The Waterfront, 1220 Event Center Dr from 8:30 pm until 11:00 pm.
The Juniors of Student Council (StuCo) is in charge of prom this year, and Rylann Jones, Juniors' class president, is the mastermind putting everything together. While planning for the dance, StuCo had to choose between a few ideas for the prom motif. The top two ideas were Masked Ball and Enchanted Forest, but Jones and StuCo decided on Enchanted Forest. Jones explains the reasoning for choosing the Enchanted Forest theme, saying, “We ended up going with Enchanted Forest because we felt like it gave more of the magical elements into it.” The theme seems that StuCo is trying to give everyone their happily ever after. With the magical design of prom, there are some rules. As with every other school in the Bonneville School District 93, prom requires attending students to show their student ID when they arrive at the dance. Students from other schools attending Bonneville’s prom are required to fill out a guest form before attending the dance. Although there are a few procedures to keep in mind, StuCo has planned and fundraised extensively to ensure the evening is nothing less than pure magic.
Typically, the juniors in StuCo run prom as a fundraiser for senior year. Jones shares the reasoning for this: “Prom is given to the junior class because the revenue we get from it helps provide a cushion for all of the big expenses that the seniors have to pay for and start planning at the start of the year (like graduation, all-nighter, lagoon trip, senior gear, etc.).” The juniors are required to earn all the money for prom. Some ways of raising money are running the concessions during sports games, the stinger sodas, and local sponsorships. Funds raised by a specific class will be deposited into that class's bank account; for example, funds raised by the junior class would be deposited into the class of 2024's account. This method of raising money is “to [not] spend the entire school's money on only that one class” as Jones notes. While the juniors plan prom and handle the budget; the seniors elect the king and queen.
Prom royalty is the crowning of the king and queens of the prom. For the Bonneville seniors, it is a tradition to run the elections for prom royalty. As well as run the senior toast and dance. There are some years when anyone can run for prom royalty, this year only seniors are in the running. While the rest of Bonneville will vote for the nominees and pick from the selective group. A magical evening is expected at this year's prom, so remember on May 6th from 8:30 pm until 11:00 pm at The Waterfront, downtown. Do not forget any student IDs at the prom doors and good luck to the seniors running for prom royalty!