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2018 Prom court candidates

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            Spring has sprung upon us and so has prom season. Events will be held beginning at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, with red carpet arrivals at the Fisher Center.


HHS juniors and seniors voted for 2018 prom candidates. They are Lindsay Hinton, Tristian Dickinson, Dannell Kopp, Phillip Folsom, Matthew White and Tess Wolney.


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Hinton is the first in her family to be nominated for prom candidacy. Last year, as a junior, Hinton enjoyed prom, though this year she feels it will be more exciting to attend her last school dance with the juniors.


“These are the people we have been with the longest through high school. We have a lot of the same classes, and prom is a dance for just the upperclassmen, so it’s pretty special,” said Hinton.


Being elected as one of the prom candidates means, to Hinton, that she has made an impact on the upperclassmen.


Dickinson is a student at the Highland Technical center in Atchison. He spends half of his days outside of the high school.


I was kinda in shock, since being gone for half the day some people forget you even go here,” said Dickinson.


Dickinson’s family was pleased to hear of his nomination.


“My mom and dad were pretty excited about it,” said Dickinson.


The families of other candidates expressed their enthusiasm as well.


“My mom went to work and told all of her friends,” said Hinton.


My family was super excited! My mom and grandma were ecstatic,” said Kopp.


Kopp enjoys spending time with her friends and seeing all of the dresses that are worn. Senior prom means a lot to Kopp.

“This is the last time our class will be together and do something as a group before graduation. We will all be going our separate ways. This is the final hurrah!”


Kopp feels honored to be one of the senior candidates for prom. She is also the first in her family to be nominated as prom queen candidate.


Folsom’s family, on the other hand, has a different reason for being so proud of their son.


“When I found out I was nominated I had to tell mom,” said Folsom


Folsom’s older brother was almost a candidate before he passed away unexpectedly in 2010.


“It means a lot to my mom to see one of her sons become a prom candidate and graduate,” said Folsom.


White had never dreamt of becoming a nominee for prom king, though it has now become a tradition in his family. His father was nominated as well when he was a senior himself.


            “My mom told me she got a call from the principal and almost had a heart attack,” said White.


“Prom is very special to me because it is not a normal dance. You get to get all dressed up, drive in a fancy car, eat a fancy dinner, and then spend a fun night with your friends,” explains Wolney. “Out of all four years, prom night is definitely the most fun and memorable.”


Being elected as a candidate has made Wolney realize that she is about to go out on her own path and experience new beginnings, although her candidacy has made her excited for the special night.  


All of these seniors feel a sense of excitement for their last high school dance. The evening will begin with prom walk-in at 4:45 p.m. After walk-in, prom-goers will have a banquet, followed by group pictures on the courthouse lawn. At 8:00 p.m., students will boogie down at the dance until 11:00 p.m. After Prom will be held at the high school, with a variety of games and events.