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Prom preparations: BHS event marks the start of new tradition

Students at Bemidji High School will start a new tradition tonight when they go out for "A Night on the Town."

The BHS Junior-Senior Prom will be held entirely on the high school campus for the first time by holding the prom dance in the BHS gym. Grand March will be held prior to the dance in the high school auditorium as in past years.

Principal Richard Anderson said the decision to hold the dance on campus was spurred by students in past years indicating a desire to hold it where they attend school. Previously, the dance has been held at BSU.

"We're really excited about it," Anderson said.

He said the new dance location will allow prom-goers to go directly to the gym for the dance after Grand March, which was another desire indicated by students. By doing so, prom-goers will have less driving to do, he added.

BHS English teacher Kristin Smith, advisor to the junior class, which is hosting prom for the senior class, said she feels it's special that BHS is starting a new tradition by holding the dance on campus.

Smith said the prom committee selected "A Night on the Town" as the prom theme to symbolically show that Bemidji is a city center and BHS is a hub of activity, all surrounded by the peace and serenity of the North Woods.

She said the gym will represent the theme with decorations of buildings, cityscapes and bright lights surrounded by a natural park-like setting including trees and flowers.

Family and friends of prom-goers are welcome to attend Grand March at 8 p.m. today in the high school auditorium. Doors will open at 7:15 p.m.

The prom dance will be held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Prom-goers will have the chance to win prizes as well as enjoy refreshments and a snack buffet. The Undertakers will provide music in a club-like atmosphere. Administrators and staff members will be chaperones for the evening.