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By Marie Perry
Communications Director, Belleville School District 

Everything is Coming up Roses with Prom This Year in Wildcat Country!


May 12, 2022

Prom traditionally marks a time in the school calendar when there is a palpable shift in energy levels. Teachers can feel it with their students whether they are in the classroom, lunchroom, or as they make their way through the sea of bodies as high school students exchange one classroom for another. Prom comes at a time when spring is finally in the air and students are ready for a change of scenery after being cooped up with all things cold, gray and winter in Wisconsin. But this year, coming out of a pandemic, meant an extra kickstart for Wildcat Juniors as they anticipated this special dance because for many, it marked a much needed return to normalcy.

Leading up to the event, teachers capitalized on this excitement by teaching students line-dancing in Mrs. Jean Tretow's Phys-Ed classes, to purchase floral supplies locally from the Piggly Wiggly to teach floral design techniques in the Plant & Soil Science class. Their Agriculture teacher Mrs. Knudson was delighted with the response from her students last Friday, "Each student made a boutonniere and corsage and some plan to wear them for the dance this evening!"

Ms. Haven's work with her BHS Juniors in planning the event went off without a hitch and she and her Prom committee students were ready with the gym transformed for an evening of fun by early Saturday morning ahead of scores of parent paparazzi lining the roped-off areas for parent viewing just before the Grand March began at 8:30 p.m.

Prom Queen Mikayla Caskey and Prom King Landry Yarbough.

All in all, the Belleville High School Prom last Saturday night was a markedly different event from last year at this time as students returned to a pre-COVID experience. One could feel the enthusiasm as students walked the red carpet, Grand March began, and their "Hollywood-themed" event took off! It was as if everything was finally coming together, a sigh of relief was in the air as students and family cheered as their Prom King Landry Yarbough and their Prom Queen Mikayla Caskey were crowned.

This spring, Prom seemed to symbolize that everything's beginning to come up roses again in Wildcat Country. It's been a long wait, but it's always worth the wait for something good, isn't it? Maybe the pandemic will leave us in a better place to appreciate the beauty of a hand-made boutonniere or corsage, the excitement a student feels when he or she hears their name called to be honored as the evening's King or Queen, or just the amazing thing that happens when you get to experience seeing another person smile at you...after all, life is really all about ALL of the little things that happen in a day that make that day worth living...and, Prom is just one of those beautiful days that creates memories for generations to come!


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