The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

May 20, 2010

Ss. John & Paul celebrates prom with 'Masquerade' theme

Star Beacon

ASHTABULA — Ss. John and Paul High School was filled with excitement for this year’s prom. The dance took place May 15 at Martini’s Restaurant. The junior class planned  the dance for the past several months with the theme of “Masquerade!” The hall was decorated in black and red, with multiple roses placed throughout the room.

“Our class has been working very hard over the past couple months to make sure that this prom will be a great night for all of the people that will be attending,” said Sara Blank, a member of the Prom Committee. “We’ve come up with a lot of new ideas so that everyone will be sure to remember this dance.”

Some of the new ideas are specialized masks, a cheesecake bar and a balloon net. As favors for this year’s prom, each of the guests received a personalized mask. The girls were asked to send pictures of their dresses to the junior class, and a few junior students created masks to match the girls’ dresses perfectly. The boys and attending faculty and chaperones received masks as well. For dessert, the juniors created a cheesecake bar with a variety of toppings to choose from. There was also a balloon net that released hundreds of balloons at various points throughout the night.

The junior class advisers are very happy with the way things turned out.

“Our class has been very responsible and cohesive; they’ve worked very well together as well as with the teachers,” said Erin Adame, one of the junior class advisers.

More than 70 people attended prom, definitely a night to remember.

Speaking of nights to remember, the Ss. John and Paul High School and Elementary School celebrated Cinco de Mayo the week of May 5 with a family dinner night. This was the first year the event was held. Students from kindergarten to grade 12 gathered together and ate Mexican food like enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas, nachos and mock margaritas made by parent volunteers. Some elementary school parents worked in the kitchen and sold the food to guests.

Annette Antalik, mother of freshman Alicia Lewis, talked about how hard everyone worked. “It was hot; we had a lot of fun, but it was hot,” she said. “I also met a lot of great people.”

It was a great opportunity for all of the families to relax and socialize. Also, students from all grades played different sports together in the gym.

Morgan Anderson, first grader, talked about the fun she had playing basketball with friends while others were playing football. “Everyone was playing; I thought it’d be dangerous, but it was fun and I had fun playing with my friend Avery,” she said.

“It was something to do because on a Wednesday night there’s just nothing to do,” said sophomore Ben Thomas. “So, instead of sitting at home bored, I decided to come chill, eat some tacos, and do some activities.”

All in all, the faculty, staff, students and parents have been working hard to make this a fun-filled May for all the students.