By BILL SCHLICHTING
Close to 250 people could not ask for more at the 2002 Brookings-Harbor High School Junior Prom Saturday night, especially Cody McLennan and Robyn Tribur.
McLennan and Tribur were selected king and queen by students who attended the most formal dance of the school year. This year's theme was "I Could Not Ask for More," based on a song by Edwin McCain.
The king and queen were selected from a court consisting of senior princes Vince Enos, Terry Adams, Matt McVay, Mark Blagden and McLennan; senior princesses Lacie Bottorff, Lacey Gorman, Lindsey Wood, Ashley Thom and Tribur; junior princes Dylan Boye, Wayne Jensen, Jeff Paulson and Zack Brattain; junior princesses Jennifer Crandell, Cynthia Salazar, Lily McLennan and Kay Ferry.
Students came in their best attire, some arriving by limousine, and danced to music provided by A New Era, deejays from Eugene. The gym was decorated with arches, a waterfall and balloons. The darkened room was lighted only by flashing lights provided by the deejay.
To remember the evening, participants lined up for photographs. The Photique from Crescent City provided prom pictures. Couples, groups of friends and those who went stag purchased photo packages. Ten percent of the profits are to be donated to the junior class, said Simmie Jones, prom coordinator.
Prior to the selection of the royalty, prom participants were introduced in the grand march.
Parents and friends were invited to view the grand march. This year people in the audience were asked to contribute a dollar for admission. Proceeds go toward the class of 2003 general fund, Jones said, which is in the black nearly $2,600 after the prom. Money made from the prom and proceeds from future fundraisers mainly go toward graduation ceremony expenses.
This year the audience was seated in the balcony risers as the couples were introduced in the march. Individuals would walk up steps hidden by a wall built along the back side of the gym. They met in the middle of the stage as their names were read, then together walked down steps viewed by the public.
The stage, giving the gym an Antebellum appearance, was the brainchild of the junior class, Jones said. It was built by the high school wood shop class with the assistance of Chris Jones, Simmie's husband.
Participants who decorated the gym worked three hours on Thursday and all day Friday, Jones said. No work had to be done on Saturday except for opening the doors for the photographer and the deejay. Students could spend the day relaxing and getting ready for the evening.
Jones said several Brookings merchants donated materials to build the stage and decorate the gym.