By Chesley Oxendine
White tuxedos, vivid dresses and a sense of fun and friendship all showed up to Fort Gibson High School’s prom Saturday night.
The school held prom in Kilharen’s Lodge in Muskogee. The lighting was dim, accentuated by smaller white bulbs strung along the bannisters and ceiling.
Chairs and tables were drenched in black velvet and blue ribbons. Even the programs sparkled.
Big Boom Entertainment’s Darryl Gandy and Darrell Russell started things off with a selection of bass-heavy, house-rattling dance music before switching things up with country and rock.
A rotating, electronic disco ball splashed colors across the walls and floor as girls kicked off their high heels and took to dancing. The men followed shortly after that.
Along the back wall, U Click It’s Kellie Youngblood set up an open air photo both with a variety of masks and costume pieces for teenagers to try on.
Many didn’t need the help, however. Both guys and girls showed up in a variety of colors and styles.
Senior Carolyn Dause wore a black and purple dress with vivid streaks of the same color in her hair.
“It took all week to get the color and my nails right,” she said.
Comparatively, Dause’s companions Rebecca Batchelor and Maryah Lane only took a matter of hours, they said.
Batchelor, a senior, said she particularly looked forward to a night with friends.
“I just like being able to spend time with people,” she said.
For senior Keat Miller, the night’s most exciting aspect was the audio.
“I’m excited for the music and the dancing,” he said. “Mostly the music, though.”
When it came to dancing, though, Batchelor expressed concern about Kilharen’s space.
“There’s not enough room for everyone on the dance floor,” she said. “We’re packed in really tight.”
Dause saw that lack of space as a plus.
“It’s more of a group dancing, rather than everyone being off in their little cliques,” she said. “You end up dancing next to someone you haven’t met, or make a new friend or something.”
Junior Mary Dallas agreed with Batchelor.
“It’s smaller than what it needs to be,” she said. “But everything looks really good.”
Dallas said she also looked forward to making use of the dance floor.
“I plan to really break it down,” she said.
For some, however, the prom was the end of a long day of other successes.
Four members of FGHS’ track team arrived late after qualifying for state competition at a regional track meet in Owasso.
Cameron Thames, Jake Gandara, J.R. Singleton, and Zach Peterson all arrived to find their dates and parents eagerly waiting to take pictures. For senior Jon Cook, such interaction between friends was the whole point of the evening.
“We’re surrounded by friends classmates some of us have known since the first grade,” he said. “This is how it should be.”
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