A Night at the Derby was the theme for the 2014 prom, held on Saturday, May 3. Over 300 tickets were sold for the event, which is a highly anticipated high school tradition. This year’s prom was on the same day as the actual Kentucky Derby, where DAP’s California Chrome won.
This year, the West Jessamine choir played a pivotal role in the planning and organizing, as well as the junior student council and Ms. Huffman, who plans prom every year. In past years, prom was held at the Red Mile Race Track in Lexington, but this year, it was moved to The Grand Reserve, a venue more central to downtown Lexington.
Choir director Ms. Greene encouraged students to integrate social media into their prom experiences as much as possible by coining #WJHSDerbyProm and #WJHSPromSong for sharing photos and requesting songs. Throughout the night, a slideshow of #WJHSDerbyProm photos and the prom court played.
At 11 p.m., Officer Wade announced the ten seniors – five girls and five boys – who were nominated by their peers for prom court. Aric Parker, Rachel Craycraft, Alex Penman, Allyson Archer, Joel Mansur, Abigail Apgar, Will Henderson, Olivia Welch, Cody Foster and Peyton Ransdall took the stage for the crowning, where Cody Foster and Abigail Apgar were named prom king and queen, respectively. The two shared a dance as other students took to the dance floor again.
To see photos from prom, look at the new, official West Jessamine High School Facebook page and Twitter handle @WJHSColts.