Pilot story and photos by Bill Schlichting
Brookings-Harbor High School students entered a world resembling the streets of New Orleans Saturday night at the biggest dance of the year, the junior class prom.
The darkened gym was decorated with andquot;streetsandquot; along the perimeter with a faux brick wall creating the dance hall. The streets had park benches for people to relax. Outside the door to the dance hall was a sign on an easel indicating who was performing inside.
andquot;Grand Opening: Jazz, Rhythm and Bluesandquot; was written on the sign. Between songs provided by deejays from Cadillac Music, live entertainment created a different mood for the dancers.
Student Ashlie Grundy, accompanied on piano by vocal music instructor Jerry Moffit, sang andquot;Don't Get Around Much Anymore.andquot; After a few more tunes, Norman Rowland stepped up with his electric guitar to perform an original piece. Rowland is the high school's woodshop teacher.
After nearly two hours of dancing, the public entered the school and was ushered to the balcony to watch the grand march. During this march, couples were introduced by teacher Ted Burdett.
Following the march, the royalty was introduced. The junior court consisted of Lindsey White escorted by Nick Whirry, Quillyn Brown escorted by Devin Tidwell, Jessie Fairchild escorted by Chad Johnson and Amanda Parke escorted by Anthony Parada.
Seniors were Inger Appanaitis escorted by Colby Eslinger, Jennifer Friar escorted by Scott Hodges, Amanda Kroy escorted by Josh Mitchlitsch and Summer Worlton escorted by Rob Harroun.
Then came the moment that members of the court were anxiously awaiting, the crowing of the king and queen. The crown was placed on Hodges and the tiara on Kroy.
After the king and queen danced, the court joined in slow dance followed by the rest of the students attending the prom.
Family and guests in the balcony left the students to have the dance floor to themselves until the event closed at 12:45 a.m.
In addition to dancing and visiting, prom attenders had photos taken by Newcomb Photography from Grants Pass.
The annual event is sponsored by the junior class. Fundraisers began when the class was in its freshman year.
With the help of Chris Jones, the class took Friday and Saturday to decorate the gym.