NRHEG prom’s grand march at 3 p.m.

Published 11:11 am Thursday, May 1, 2014

NEW RICHLAND — It’s that time of year again.

Prom tends to follow on the heels of spring, right in-between the weather finally, hopefully getting warmer and the last few weeks of the school year.

New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva High School will have its prom this Saturday. The grand march, or the grand entrance, will be at 3 p.m. Students will then board charter buses to Stillwater where they’ll dine and dance on the Avalon, a paddlewheel boat that floats up and down the Mississippi River. The students will have an after-prom celebration at Dave and Buster’s before arriving back at the school at 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

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The prom’s theme is “Whatever floats your boat.”

According to Barb Hagen, a member of the after-prom committee, about 75 couples will be attending the prom. Juniors and seniors are allowed to attend, while sophomores and students from other schools are allowed if the attend as a junior or senior’s guest. Anyone under the age of 15 is not allowed.

Prom advisers Terry and Larry Jensen and Dan Nelson will set up the grand march with decorating help from juniors, and the Jensen’s son, Nathan, will be the DJ for the event. Catering will be provided by the Avalon. NRHEG will supply its own chaperones and music.

“We’re just praying the rain stops by then,” Hagen said.

Each student attending the prom only has to pay $20, and the fee includes expenses for the bus trip, dinner and everything else. A lot of that is due to community support, said Tammy Buscho, also with the after-prom committee.

“It’s helping kids who couldn’t afford to go in the past be able to this year,” she said.

“The kids are a bit nervous. It’s different than what they’ve done before. … I hope they enjoy it. And that it doesn’t rain.”

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Colleen Harrison is the photo editor at the Albert Lea Tribune. She does photography and writes general-assignment stories.

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