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Preparations underway for Morris Area's Prom

This Saturday, Morris Area juniors and seniors will take the plunge "Under the Sea" for the 2008 Prom.

The grand march begins at 5:30 (note change of time) at the Morris Area Elementary Gym.

Prom advisor Wanda Dagen said doors will open to the public at 5 p.m., following pictures from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The banquet will be held at the Old No. 1 at 7 p.m. and the dance is at the elementary cafeteria from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

All prom attendees must arrive at the dance by 9 p.m. or they will not be admitted.

Doors for Post Prom open at midnight at the Lee Community Center and will be locked at 1 a.m.

Breathalyzer tests will be taken by Morris Area School Resource Officer Anita Liebl before attendees will be admitted to both the dance and the post prom.

This year's post prom theme is "California Dreamin'." Activities include a hypnotist, surfing machine, Plinko, Texas Hold 'Em, Cash Cube, Unlimited Photo Booth, Guitar Hero, and Wii, along with other games.

"The purpose of post prom is to provide a safe and sober environment for students after the yearly coming of age ritual - the prom," said Cheryl Brevig, co-chair of the event. "There are many things for the students to enjoy and they do not have to attend the other events in order to attend post prom."

Food and beverages will be provided, including burgers, fruit ka bobs, pizza, Subway sandwiches and root beer floats.

The post prom committee does not want any student to walk away hungry or thirsty.

Jay Nelson, a parent of a sophomore and a chef from Willie's Super Valu, will be serving up the burgers and other parents will be assisting throughout the night.

Rodeo Drive will be the site of numerous prizes for the attendees. Post Prom organizers plan to have a prize for all students attending. A grand prize of a Nintendo Wii game system will be given away and all MAHS students will receive a gift memento from the prom.

Names will be drawn and announced during the night by special guest host, Paul McDonald, who will be emceeing the event.

The UMM Women's Fast Pitch Softball Team, under the direction of Coach Heather Pennie, will also be there the entire evening to assist with games and clean up. This is part of their Service Learning project with the Morris community.

Brevig said that the post prom event is an excellent example of volunteers working together to make an annual event continue.

Even Kyle Berget's third-grade class helped out with post prom. The students made pinatas for decorations at the Lee Center.

"The Morris, Cyrus, Donnelly, Herman, and other surrounding communities have been absolutely fantastic in their donations," said Brevig. "Private businesses, fraternal and military organizations have been so helpful and it is greatly appreciated by the junior parents and all students attending."

Any students who have registered for this event but do not attend, or choose to leave before 5 a.m., will have their parents called.

Registration sheets are available at the high school office. The forms must be signed by a parent and returned to the office by Thursday. This also applies to out-of-town guests.