A night to remember at ARHS

Dave Mathieson
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Chris Porter gently lifts, 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


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Organizations: ARHS Student Council

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Recent comments

  • Billie
    June 28, 2013 - 18:07

    Yes prom is expensive and yes some kids can show up in fancy cars or some other unique mode of transport but seriously the "poorer" kids are used to it anyways they see it everyday of school...its not new to them. plus everyone knows prom is coming, so those with lower incomes save up for it, buy second hand dresses/suits, and/or call in favors for transportaion, hair, make up and whatever other costs they may not be able to afford. Not all the kids you see looking all fancy necessarily have money....alot of parents have saved up over time for prom or also alot put it on credit cards (which they give to just about anyone these days even poor people) and pay it off over a long period of time.

    June 28, 2013 - 11:04

    Some people live to keep up with "The Jones". Other people just don't care about having the best, the newest, the fanciness, the most expensive. To each....his own. I love looking at all the fancy people, having a wonderful time. I'll never be a CLASS-Y.....excuse me.....fancy person. Wasn't raised that way. I was relieved when my child's date for the prom could not attend that evening......Saved me loads, and loads of money that would not have wanted to spend in the first place. My kids did have a fun evening Prom night, just not with all the expenses and fanciness other people strive for.

  • Charlie Joseph
    June 26, 2013 - 13:25

    Let kids enjoy themselves Bob. Life is choice. Some kids work all year to go out in style at their prom. It is their choice, not the business of any lookyloos. Whenever someone uses the word "class" in reference to others it says everything about the person using it. In free countries there is no no such thing as class. There are choices. The class system is an artifical construct best left to illogical jealous Marxists.

  • Another Thought
    June 26, 2013 - 09:38

    Oh Bob! I look around every day and see people driving nice cars, going into nice homes and wearing nice clothes. I see people eating at restaurants and going to the movies. I see people with significants others walking dogs and enjoying life. I don't have much but what I do have I am thankful. Let people enjoy what they have and you enjoy what you have and you'll feel much better about yourself. Don't fret about what others have. That is life Bob!

  • Bob
    June 25, 2013 - 22:26

    A night of parents sticking their noses into their kid's business. A few year ago my wife and I were out for a walk and stopped by at the prom parade. The crowd was thick and when couples pulled up in the fancy cars or had some unusual dresses on the crowd cheered. One couple pulled up in a minivan and the crowd ignored them and waited for the next limo. I can imagine how the couple felt. And what about the kids who can't afford to go to the prom? The parents are creating a class system for the kids- the haves and the have-nots.