RANDOLPH, NJ- Tonight in Randolph marked one of the most looked forward to events of the school year, the annual rite of passage for high school seniors, Prom night.
Filled with nervous excitement, students poured into the high school gym to gather for the evening, with the boys dressed in their Sunday best and the girls dazzling in their dresses. Smiles and laughter abounded as they waited their turn to board one of 11 buses that would take them to the Sheraton Hotel in Parsippany.
Senior Sydney Steiner showed up with Julian Boykins, both eager for the fun that lay ahead. “I am really looking forward to having one last night with the whole senior class together,” said Steiner. To which Boykins added, “I am just hoping we all have a lot of fun tonight.”
After getting out of school early to go home, dress, and prepare, most gathered at different spots around town for photo sessions. Some stopped at Shongum Lake, town parks, or multiple friends houses to record memories.
Senior Andrew Sciancalepore was eager to see the sight of his peers dancing their final few steps of high school together, stating, “Tonight is about being with my friends. It is one of the last times that everyone in the class of 2016 will all be together having a good time. I am looking forward to seeing us all as a big group having fun later tonight.”
Seniors Rachel Kral and Esther Wellman echoed similar sentiments, as Wellman said, “All of the seniors, we have really been looking forward to this all year, and are excited to have a fun time.” To which Kral added, “Like everyone else, I am mostly excited to spend the night with friends. This may be one of our last nights’ together as a class but it will be fun.”
Principal Debbie Iosso enjoys being at every one of these proms as if it is her first. “I have been chaperoning proms at RHS for quite some time,” Iosso said. “It is so exciting to watch our seniors celebrate their time as RHS Rams and make prom memories that will last a lifetime. They are an exceptional group of young adults.”
The theme of the evening is Black and Gold, and the Sheraton was decorated and ready for a special party. One by one the buses were loaded, and off the students went; to dance and laugh away their final big celebration of their Randolph High School years.