Columbus prom-goers dressing in ‘Vintage Glamour’

A night of glitz and glamour is right around the corner during the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. prom.

Juniors and seniors from Columbus East, Columbus North and Columbus Signature Academy New Tech high schools will have their joint prom from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday at The Commons.

The theme for the BCSC prom, “Vintage Glamour,” uses an art deco visual theme.

A prom committee made up of 30 to 40 students from the three high schools chose the theme, said Tonya Cruser, prom coordinator and art teacher at Columbus North. She is one of six advisers who has been involved in helping students organize the prom.

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About 1,100 students are expected to be in attendance. As in past years, students are slated to arrive at The Commons in vehicles such as limousines, floats or other methods of transportation that has become an annual tradition in Columbus.

A red carpet will also be rolled out for attendees during the event, which is expected to draw a throng of parents and other visitors taking pictures, Cruser said.

Returning for the third year will be two areas featuring backdrops where attendees can have their photos taken free of charge. The photos, which will be shot by photography students, will then be placed on USB drives and given to students, Cruser said.

“What’s great is the parents don’t have to pay for professional pictures,” Cruser said. “We’ve had really good feedback about that.”

Thirty king and queen prom candidates — five males and five females who are seniors from each school — will also be introduced during the event, with the winners being announced that evening.

However, the fun won’t end at midnight as a BCSC After Prom event is scheduled from 12:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. at Foundation For Youth, 405 Hope Ave.

About 600 to 700 students are expected to attend the follow-up event, which will feature several carnival-type games, said Kathy McPeek, Columbus Gymnastics Center and recreation program manager for the city’s parks and recreation department. The department is partnering with FFY for the After Prom.

Students will be able to park in the surrounding area and in the Cummins Tech Center parking lot, 1900 McKinley Ave. They also can take a shuttle bus to the event that will run throughout the early morning hours, McPeek said.

Coupons awarded from the games can be redeemed for prizes including concert tickets to see rock band OneRepublic perform, and gift cards to YES Cinema, Burger King and Texas Roadhouse. A pair of bicycles donated from The Bicycle Station and tickets to theme parks such as Kings Island and Holiday World are among the other prizes that will be given away, McPeek said.

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Where: The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus

When: 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday

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Organizers of the 68th Annual After Prom from 12:30 to 3:30 a.m. Sunday are seeking more volunteers for the event at Foundation For Youth, 405 Hope Ave.

They also could use more gift cards or monetary donations to cover prizes, said Kathy McPeek, who is helping coordinate the event.

After Prom includes a variety of games for students.

Information: Heather DeWeese at [email protected].