BL prom is a little under a month away, and juniors and seniors are eager to have fun at their own hallmark high school event. This year, the dance will be at The Grand at Embassy Suites in downtown Baltimore. This is the first time in the last two years that prom will be held somewhere other than the Center Club.
On Saturday, May 19, upperclassmen and their dates will depart from BL at 7:00 p.m. to arrive at The Grand around 7:30 p.m. Prom will end just before 11:30 p.m., and buses will depart from The Grand to go to the post-prom activities at Dave & Buster’s in Arundel Mills. Students will leave to go back to BL at 3:00 a.m.
BL parents, faculty, and senior leaders all helped plan prom night. Lynette Garrus, a BL parent and member of the prom committee, said that a lot of work went into planning this event from logistical details like transportation to figuring out how to make this night as fun as possible.
Juniors and seniors alike are excited for May 19. The large majority of the students who go to prom plan on bringing a date with them. April and May is usually the time when BL students ask someone to go to prom with them.
Many seniors and some juniors have already promposed in various ways. Jack Godin said, “I think creativity matters for any promposal because it’s about finding the best way to ask them. I think asking them straight-up is boring.”
Deven Smith, also a senior, drove to his girlfriend’s school to surprise her with a sign. “I used regular poster board and for the most part I just thought about things that she liked and I found a little cute idea and used that,” he added. However, Smith understands why some students don’t feel the need to prompose in a creative way.
Junior Winston Chodnicki asked someone to prom but did not do a promposal, unlike Smith. He explained how he just “doesn’t like being that much of the center of attention,” which many students relate to, especially when asking someone to prom. Blake Shepherd, a junior, mentioned that another reason students do not prompose is because they don’t want to make it a big deal.
Something that makes BL prom special and unique is the opportunity for students to wear board shorts to prom opposed to the traditional dress pants. No one is required to wear board shorts, however, many take this opportunity to be creative. There are mixed opinions about wearing board shorts to prom circling around campus.
Jyair Thomas, a junior, does not like the idea of wearing shorts to prom because it looks messy. He added, “It should be a jacket and pants, the formal way.” However, he still understands that others decide to wear shorts as part of a BL tradition.
Travis Smith, on the contrary, loves the idea of wearing the board shorts. He remarked, “We don’t want to be like the rest, we want to be different, we want to be special. I really think this is one of our key components of being a different private school than other places.”