© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
Chris Porter gently brings Alyson Vansnick to the ground.
AMHERST – It was a night of dresses and dancing, and tuxedos and tractors as graduate students at ARHS came out dressed to the hilt for the 2013 prom last night at ARHS.
“We’re going to be dancing up a storm,” said Grade 12 student Gillian Moore as she entered the school with her date, Grade 11 student Justin Trueman.
Both say the other is the better dancer but, regardless, both love to dance.
“I’ll be break dancing and busting some moves,” said Trueman with a laugh.
Moore asked Trueman to the prom at the beginning of November. They say they’ve spent hundreds of dollars preparing for the night.
“I made my dress myself,” said Moore. “And getting a vehicle and tux is important.”
They both dressed for the prom at 11:30 a.m. and had pictures taken all day.
“It’s hot,” said Trueman.
“My feet are kind of sore,” added Moore.
Grade 12 students Alyson Vansnick and Chris Porter have been going out with each other for two years, so they knew a long time ago they would be attending the prom together.
What Alyson didn’t know until recently was that Porter would be taking her to the prom in an Argo, all-terrain vehicle.
“That was a more recent decision,” said Vansnick.
Porter says the Argo handles well and is fun to drive.
Another benefit to the Argo was that it wasn’t easy for Vansnick to get in and out of the Argo, especially when wearing a prom dress. As a consequence, after parking his vehicle, Porter had to be chivalrous, take Vansnick into his arms and lift her gently to the ground.
Moore is president of ARHS Student Council and Trueman is vice-president.
They said it took about a week to decorate for the prom.
“There was a lot of help, so it went pretty smooth,” said Moore.
More photos from the prom can be seen on the slide show section at www.cumberlandnewsnow.com