By BENICIA PAW
Walking by the venue, there was a long line of Benicia High juniors, seniors, and guests bid in, waiting to have fun and party with friends. The theme of Prom for this year was Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare, which was 16th century comedy where topics of loyalty, love, and facing your demons are discussed. This popular timeless tale was reflected in the decorations of the blue, green, and purple balloons, which mean intimacy, peace, and compassion (one of the many themes highlighted in Midsummer Night’s Dream.)
This year of 2019, Benicia High upperclassmen were able to bop out to tried and true party songs, with genres of r&b, hip-hop, techno and EDM, “Despacito (Spanish version)”, some Cardi B songs, and “Boo’d Up” by Ella Mai. Midway through prom, the DJ played “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston for couples to slow-dance to, or even something friends to humorously mimic couple-dancge to.
Students continue to have fun as the night nears its end, but it’s not without the hard work of Benicia High Leadership. Leadership student Lauren Calica (11) states that Leadership books prom venues and DJ’s, food as early as a year before the event. Leadership also creates the theme and the appearance of invitations. Though the hard work pays off, the most difficult obstacle for Leadership to overcome was the absence of a DJ. Calica says it was basically Leadership “scrambling to find a new DJ as the school has a lack of connections.”
Students express their amazement as their friends dress up in dresses and suits. Senior Bianca De La Torre says of her last dance that it was “really fun being able to spend time with friends whether it was eating food, messing around, or dancing on the dance floor!!” De La Torre also thought the venue was beautiful and perfect for prom.
Stay tuned for next year’s prom and prepare ahead of time if you bring in a guest.