Local high school proms
BY RANDALL WASZYNSKI
It’s that time of year again, and students are preparing for a night they hope to never forget. William Floyd High School held their prom on June 1, and Bellport High School and Patchogue-Medford High School will host theirs next week.
William Floyd High School hosted their Night Under the Stars-themed prom on June 1 at Eastwind Long Island in Wading River. “It was a fun time, and it was a lot bigger and better than we even expected it would be,” said senior Marissa Mazzarella. About 450 students attended their school’s senior prom and expressed it was a night to remember. “It was a really great experience,” added senior Julia Mastrup.
Students were allowed to drive themselves or rent a limousine and were required to fill out a transportation form that provides the school with the vehicle license plate number, a copy of the registration, and names and contact information of all others along for the ride. Vehicles were searched upon arrival.
Robert Felicetta, assistant principal at William Floyd High School, said that there had been conversation with Suffolk Police leading up to the date. Various informational seminars and assemblies in regard to drug and alcohol safety and being safe the night of prom were held at the school in the months leading up. “We make sure that we have an alcohol-free, drug-free event,” Felicetta said, adding that there have not been issues in this regard for many years. He also expressed that students were well informed that if anything is found in a car upon arrival, everyone in the car would be subject to repercussions.
The Bellport High School prom will take place on June 20 at Watermill Caterers in Smithtown. Two hundred students are expected to attend and are limited to party buses provided by the school as transportation to the venue between 5 and 5:30 p.m., and from the venue back to the school at the end of the night. This will be the second year limos and other private transportation are not permitted for students’ entry.
The Patchogue-Medford High School prom will be held on June 19 with a Big Top carnival theme at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. Students are allowed to drive themselves or take a limousine. Busing is not provided by the school for the senior prom, and there will be a significant amount of parental and staff oversight at the venue. No bags are allowed inside, and students are searched before entry.
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