Dimmed lights, palm trees, the scent of Mediterranean food, blasting music, a lone stuffed tiger on a couch: these are what made up the beautiful scene of Apex High School’s Prom 2016. Located at Embassy Suites in Cary on Apr. 16, this year’s prom was a success. The theme of Arabian Nights was wonderfully brought to life by the prom committee, who spent long hours getting everything pretty and prepared for the hordes of students who attended.
The four long hours of dancing were finished off with the announcement of the prom king and queen near midnight, with Ian Boyd and Olivia Hair taking the beautiful crowns. Was it a surprise for them? “I feel really honored and shocked that I won prom queen...It felt like one of those creepy out-of-body experiences where it’s not really you,” Hair says. Both were also on homecoming court, and Hair mentioned the lack of skits for prom court. But it was still an exciting moment in the evening for all, followed by a dance between the two winners.
Prom at Apex is held near the end of every school year and is open to both juniors and seniors. There were many complaints this year about the event taking place too early in the school year, right before AP exams. The timing was too stressful for many, who were not as relaxed as they would have liked. However, a conflict with scheduling could not be helped. Many seniors also feel like the event should only be for their class. “It’s your last moment, and seniors should share that together,” says senior Ambika Patel. Of course, most juniors feel that it should be open to all upperclassmen. No one wants to consider the other classes.
In comparison to last year’s prom, most agree that this year’s was definitely better because of the music, food, and overall vibe. Senior Allison Butalid says, “The music was much better. Last year’s DJ wasn’t very good. The food was also really tasty this time.” Most said the food was delicious, and tying in the food to the theme was a lovely surprise. There were spanakopitas, lamb gyro wraps, and baklava for dessert, and many went back for seconds and thirds if they were not too busy on the dance floor. The music was lively and perfect for jamming to, with large screens projecting the music videos to accompany the songs.
However, everything was not perfect. Senior Gabby Valchanova suggested that “They could give everyone little fan necklaces at the beginning to help us cool down throughout. It was too hot in there.” It was only overheated because the air conditioning was broken, so maybe just some air conditioning may have sufficed. Many also complained that the dance floor was too small and it felt overly crowded. Additionally, floor tiles from the dance floor kept coming out and created hazardous conditions for hardcore dancing.
There is no way all people could ever be pleased, and the overall prom experience was magical this year. Most people had a wonderful time and the fifty-dollar tickets were definitely worth it. The Arabian night was an Arabian delight. Only time will tell if next year’s prom manages to top off this one.