Northwest Passage has its first prom

Northwest Passage High School (NWPHS), Coon Rapids, held its first prom April 26.

Chloe Oltmanns and Cody McLain at the Northwest Passage High School prom.

Chloe Oltmanns and Cody McLain at the Northwest Passage High School prom.

The idea all started from a student-led project. Two NWPHS students, Chloe Oltmanns and Xaria Barkley, crafted a project that included a detailed plan and budget for making a prom happen.

From there a Prom Committee was formed. Six months of planning and fund-raising later, the group of dedicated students saw their vision become a reality.

“I’m kinda surprised that it actually took off like it did and turned out so well,” Barkley said.

NWPHS is a small school of 130 students and has never had a formal dance in its 14-year history.

The Prom Committee chose the school’s “Barn” for the event, transforming the large high-ceiling atrium into a ballroom with lights and decorations.

Over 60 students and guests attended the event. The night included a grand march, where family and friends could come take pictures and watch their kids be introduced.

After that there was three hours of dancing and having fun. The DJ got students on the dance floor with a mix of today’s hits and golden oldies.

NWPHS student, Maddie Lawson said, “I loved it. It was awesome because there was a lot of people there and because we all knew each other, everyone was willing to dance and have fun.”

The night was a huge success and it was all made possible by the group of students who volunteered their time and energy to make it happen, according to Ryan Haasch, adviser/instructor at the school.

Theresa Boisjolie, a teacher of 14 years at NWPHS, said, “It was great to be a part of something students worked so hard for and have wanted for so many years.”

The students are already talking about and looking forward to NWPHS Prom 2014, Haasch said.

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