"I think that this will be a fantastic senior prom," said Ben Monaghan, class president. "We've been in communication with the ICSD bus garage and they're planning on cleaning out the buses and allowing us to decorate them beforehand. The red carpet plan was the student activity director's, Karl Mellander. I think it's a great idea - however, Silver Queen Farm has a lot of decorations already set up such as lanterns and lighting, for example. The theme will likely be a little different at Silver Queen than at Ithaca High School."
Senior prom is open to IHS and Lehman Alternative Community School students. It will take place at Silver Queen Farm from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. All students will be required to take the bus from IHS, and will be expected to show up between 5:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. for a 6:30 p.m. departure to the farm.
"Administration mandated that everyone take buses," Monaghan said. "Their main concern and the main benefit of taking buses is safety. The road up to Silver Queen is long and unlit, and the administration was concerned about students driving themselves up."
Mellander said, "Because of the increased travel, which is new, we wanted to safely transport everyone. It's on a weekend and on unfamiliar roads. Prom is scary enough as it is. We made a decision to bus everyone - even if they live in the Trumansburg area. Unfortunately, prom nation-wide has a bad reputation - bad things happen on a very good night."
The red carpet greeting prom-goers at IHS will be complete with photograph opportunities. This celebrity treatment will be enhanced by IHS digital media staff and students dressed as paparazzi and interviewing those walking the red carpet.
"We would like every senior to invite any member of staff they choose to the red carpet event - staff members who the students feel have helped them or had a positive influence. The staff could be there cheering as students do their walk and able to see off students they have had an influence on," Mellander said.
The prom usually has about 300 to 400 students participate each year. This is the first year it will be at the farm.
"For three of the last five years, prom has been at a farmer's market, which was not available for the date of prom this year. A class vote resulted in the selection of the farm," Mellander said.
Silver Queen Farm is a family-owned, converted farm in Trumansburg, N.Y. It is located about 35 minutes from ICSD. The website for the farm states "the barn houses the farm's produce stand, u-pick activities, and is also used for tons of weddings and other events."
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