O'Fallon Progress

OTHS prom and after prom promise fun and memories

The 2008 O’Fallon Township High School prom will be held Saturday, May 3, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront (formerly the Adam’s Mark Hotel) in downtown St. Louis.

Dancing for the expected 900 prom goers is from 8 p.m. to midnight. The prom king and queen will be crowned during a coronation ceremony at 10 p.m.

Following the prom, nearly 600 students are expected to swarm into the St. Clair Bowling Alley for an all night bash that has over nearly 15 years become just as anticipated as the prom.

This year’s After-Prom Party will be held from 12:45 to 5 a.m. Sunday, May 4. The $10 admission covers food and drinks, activities, entertainment and prizes. Drinks are provided by St. Clair Bowl. Hot pizzas will be delivered throughout the night. And “too many doughnuts to count” will be available as well, said O’Fallon Township Trustee Gary Hursey, the After Prom chairman.

The annual event is organized and supervised by the parents of the junior and senior classes and they are promising activities to keep the attention of students throughout the night that will provide safe, supervised fun and that will bring memories for years to come.

The entertainment options are numerous. Bowling is available all night. The arcade games are open for play and each student receives tokens for use in the games. In addition to the popular Sumo Wrestling, several new skill events also are planned.

MTV Karaoke is available. Students will be videotaped as they sing along to their favorite song and each will receives his or her tape as a souvenir. Physics teacher Eric Curry will also present his very popular trivia game.

Attendance prizes include gift certificates, digital cameras, Ipods, televisions and boom-boxes. And each student who attends gets a door prize when they leave.

“Our goal has been to provide a safe, fun environment which attracts as many students as possible,” Hursey explained. “And the reward is the safety and well-being of the kids.”

The O’Fallon Township Board and Supervisor Gary Ahle provide generous support for After-Prom but, Hursey added, the event could not take place without the help of parents.

“Parent involvement is key to the success and continuation of the After-Prom Party,” he noted. If you would like to help, contact Hursey at 531-1407.

The After-Prom Party is funded by donations from parents, local businesses, civic organizations, student admission fees and O’Fallon Township.