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WHS prom Saturday in St. Paul

Woodbury High School's 2013 prom, "Your Night in the Spotlight," will be from 8 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, April 13, at the Landmark Center in St. Paul.

For many high school students, prom is one of the culminating events of their senior year.

But for the students on the Woodbury High School Prom Committee, they still have one more year to go.

The committee is made up entirely of juniors.

"Organizing prom is a little hard going in without knowing anything," WHS junior Kaeli Waotila said. "But, you just talk to seniors and get their input so that you can do your best to throw something together that you think is cool and people will enjoy,"

This year's WHS prom, "Your Night in the Spotlight," will be 8 p.m. to midnight April 13 at the Landmark Center in St. Paul.

Planning prom

Waotila said she decided to get involved with the Prom Committee this year because she loves to see the school come together.

"I love being a part of anything that promotes school spirit and gets our whole school together," she said.

WHS junior Lorna Liu said she wanted to help bring such an iconic event into reality.

"I wanted to be a part of something that is kind of an iconic part of high school," she said.

WHs junior Codi Shogren, who was also on the Prom Committee last year, said she loves seeing prom go from an idea to reality.

"It's kind of fun to see the behind the scenes work because people don't really know what goes in to getting ready," she said.

The first thing the Prom Committee is responsible for is picking the event's date and location.

WHS junior Thea Rogers said the committee selected the Landmark Center to hold prom again this year because it is such a beautiful location.

"You feel like you're at a very important place," she said. "It'll just make the night more special."

The next step in planning prom is to come up with the theme for the year, which Liu said is one of the most challenging parts.

"It's really hard to come up with a theme because you don't ever want to repeat the stuff that has been done in the past," she said.

After looking through old yearbooks and sifting through possible prom themes, Rogers said the committee ultimately decided on "Your Night in the Spotlight" for the theme because prom can oftentimes be compared to a big movie premier.

"We kind of thought about how you feel when you have that kind of a setting where you get all dressed up," she said. "It's almost like a movie premier and you're in the spotlights."

The movie premier theme will primarily be incorporated into the Grand March, which will be held at WHS prior to prom, since the Landmark Center doesn't need too much decorating, Shogren said.

"The grand march is actually what we plan since the Landmark is just pretty in itself," she said.

At the Grand March, the Prom Committee will be bringing in the movie premier theme by having spotlights, movie stanchions, a big balloon arch and most importantly a red carpet.

"The Grand March is where everyone can see where the theme came from and what their night is going to be about," Rogers said.

The WHS Prom Committee said they are excited to see everything come together.

"My thing is watching movies growing up and seeing all the people going to prom," Rogers said. "It's definitely a good girl's dream to be able to put on a really pretty ball gown and get all dazzled up."

Woodbury High School's prom, "Your Night in the Spotlight" will be April 13 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Landmark Center in St. Paul. The Grand March will take place at 3 p.m. at the school.

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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