By Jan Boston Sellers
Regardless of the weather this weekend, the stars will be shining. Cumberland County High School and Stone Memorial High School will host Prom 2014 Saturday evening... the county’s own “Red Carpet.” This means local restaurants will abound with students dressed in their evening gowns, suits and tuxedos; traffic will be heavier than normal; flower shops will be bustling around filling corsage and boutonniere orders; parents will be taking pictures; cosmetologists will be working overtime; nail techs will polishing as quickly as possible; cars will be washed; and tans will be sprayed as high school students plan for their big spring extravaganzas.
Cumberland County High School students will travel to Fairfield Glade to celebrate their prom. Stone Memorial High School will stay on campus with a “Great Gatsby” theme transforming their gymnasium for the 7 to 11 p.m. event. Phoenix High School will celebrate Prom 2014 at the Cumberland Mountain State Park on Saturday, May 3.
The TAD Center sponsored its annual Prom Promise Pledge drive at Cumberland County High School and Stone Memorial High School. Each student who signed a pledge sheet promising not to drink and drive was given a writing pen with their school’s name on it, as well as became eligible for a $75 cash prize. This opportunity came shortly after students heard from law enforcement speakers and others associated with alcohol related accidents.
Since the inception of the Prom Promise in Cumberland County, there have been no traffic related deaths in the city or county on Prom Night. If you have plans to be out and about on Saturday night, you may want to allow some extra time to get to your destination as students travel out to Fairfield or Stone Memorial High School off Genesis Rd.
Speaking of the high schools, graduation has been set for Phoenix, SMHS and CCHS. The dates are Wednesday, May 14, for Phoenix at SMHS; Thursday, May 15, at SMHS for graduating Panthers; and Friday, May 16, at CCHS for Jet seniors.
Tickets are now on sale for the Blue Jean Ball and Benefit Auction benefiting Kids on the Rise. The event will be at the Fairfield Glade Conference Center and will feature music by Memory Road and a dinner. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at First National Bank of Tennessee or by calling Kids on the Rise at 459-2388. The event is slated for May 17 at 5 p.m.
Congratulations to CCHS Senior Madison Hicks. She represented the county at the annual Poetry Out Loud state finals. Madison was one of only 20 students named to the finals from a field of more than 3,000. Her interpretations were of “The Legend” by Garrett Hongo; “We’ll Go No More a Roving," by Lord Byron and “John Lennon” by Mary Jo Salter.