BAHS 2016 Prom gives seniors one last dance

Students enjoy prom at the Oklahoma Aquarium April 30.

On April 30, Broken Arrow High School had a party of the same caliber as a Gatsby extravaganza.

The 2016 BAHS Prom was held on Saturday, April 30, providing seniors and their guests with a Gatsby-esque celebration at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks.

“I went with a group of my best friends and we had such an amazing night,” junior Gracie Basinger. “I really liked having prom at the aquarium because it was really different from the other venues. It was really fun to sit in the shark tank and play with the starfish.”

Teacher Tamara Yeldell serves as junior board sponsor and worked on planning the event for several months.

“Planning prom was a big job,” Yeldell said. “I spent a lot of time running back and forth to Hobby Lobby, talking to vendors and selling tickets, but it was well worth it. It was a lot of fun to see all the students dressed up and having a good time. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and liked the opportunity to interact with the aquarium exhibits. I’m glad I got to be part of a great memory for our seniors.”

Attendees were able to look at fish and other sea creatures when they weren’t dancing to the music of a DJ. The dance floor may have often been packed, but being able to take a break from the crowd and touch baby sharks was an activity many enjoyed.

“I went with my friends Emily Selling and Hannah Barr,” senior Brielle Kraus said. “We all had a lot of fun and just laughed and danced the whole night. My favorite part of prom was walking through the shark tank.”

Between dancing, observing all of the sea creatures and taking pictures in a themed photo booth, prom gave seniors one last night to have fun with their friends and dates.

“My favorite part of prom was getting to spend hours on the dance floor with my favorite people before they all go off to college,” Basinger said. “It was bitter-sweet because it was also the last dance I will spend with them and we are all about to go our separate ways at the end of the month.”

Members of The Pulse team set up a slow-motion photo booth to make a montage of all of the prom attendees having fun with props, balloons and confetti.

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