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[PHOTO ESSAY] Prom in pictures

Some memories from prom 2024.
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Photo by Oscar Munoz-Granados
Students had to be at the back of the school by 5:15 p.m. to board their assigned bus.

Music echoed through the dinosaur’s bones. Lights flashed and changed colors as bodies jumped up and down with the beat.

Prom 2024 was a night to remember, hosted at the Field Museum, students had the opportunity to explore the museum as well as enjoy the school dance.

Photo by Michael Angeles

Buses were lined up in numerical order. Students were assigned a bus number when they purchased their ticket. The buses departed the high school promptly at 5:35 p.m.

“They checked me in with my school ID and my guest in with a State ID. The bus capacity was okay, we were not packed in like sardines,” senior Janelle Perez said.

Photo by Oscar Munoz-Granados

The drive took about an hour and a half with lots of rush hour traffic.  Once students arrived at the museum, they took photos on the steps with the entrance in the background.

Photo by Michael Angeles

The sun was setting when students arrived providing the perfect lighting for some prom photos. Chaperones were waiting outside the doors, greeting students as they entered the building.

Photo by Michael Angeles

Green, especially dark green was a popular color for prom dresses this year.

Photo by Michael Angeles

Inside, the dinner buffet was already set up at different stations. For dinner there were pot stickers, pasta, chicken and vegetable kebobs and quesadillas. Students claimed tables and went up to the buffet to grab some dinner.

“I thought the food at prom was pretty good, definitely better than last year. In my opinion, the best food item was the pot stickers,” senior Rory Rudden said.

Photo by Michael Angeles

After dinner, students explored the many exhibits at the Field Museum that were open. The dinosaur exhibit, ancient China exhibit and the ocean exhibit were some of the many open for viewing.

Photo by Michael Angeles

The exhibits also provided a lot of perfect photo opportunities. Whether next to Sue, the T-Rex or behind a gigantic shark jaw, students took advantage of the cool location.

Photo by Michael Angeles

The dancing began around 8 p.m. The dance floor was pretty vacant for the first few songs, but slowly more and more students entered the dance floor.

“Prom was super fun, I had a great time with all my girlies. The Field Museum was a really cool venue, I really enjoyed it,” senior Sophia Brown said.

Photo by Michael Angeles

The DJ played a mix of guided dance songs such as the “ChaCha Slide.” But mostly student requested songs were played on the dance floor. In addition to the Google form where students could submit song requests before prom, there was a sheet at the DJ’s table where requests could be added.

“I thought it was a decent DJ, there were songs everyone kn ew and were able to vibe with. However, the mosh pit was so over done, they were moshing to everything,” junior Yazmine Lopez Pedroza said.

Photo by Michael Angeles

The dance floor got very hot as the night progressed. There was never a break from upbeat songs, they were constantly playing. Slow songs were very limited.

Photo by Oscar Munoz-Granados

The crowd on the dance floor kept growing as the night progressed. More an more students wanted to be a part of the mosh pit.

Photo by Michael Angeles

Towards the end of the night, some slow songs were played briefly for couples to dance.

Photo by Michael Angeles

At 10:55 p.m. students were directed by the DJ to head outside to the buses which were lined up in the same numerical order. Students were required to take the same bus home that they took there.

 

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Sasha Baumgartner
Sasha Baumgartner, Editor-in-Chief
Sasha is a senior, and this is her third year being a part of the Wildcat Chronicle. She found a swift passion for journalism during her sophomore year, learning how to write for fun and in many different ways. She has continued with the paper since 2021. Outside of journalism, Sasha is a member of the WEGO Dance team, a ROAR mentor and a member of National Honors Society and WEGO Global at the high school. Sasha’s main hobbies outside of school include working at a retirement community serving guests in the dining room, spending time with friends and family, and finishing up work for the Wildcat Chronicle. In the future, Sasha plans to attend college for psychology to be able to help people on a daily basis. 
Michael Angeles
Michael Angeles, Reporter
Michael Angeles is a passionate performer in WeGo Drama's theatrical productions. He is a senior and is currently in his fourth year in the performing troupe. Michael has always been very interested in interacting with others and would describe himself as "very social." He loves to draw, create art, and occasionally play videogames on his PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
Oscar Munoz-Granados
There is no doubt Oscar Munoz-Granados has a strong sense of humor: the smile on his face is seemingly plastered on there. He frequently jokes around, though he knows when to get serious. He is currently mourning the loss of a beloved pet fish, who drowned.
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