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Red Canyon seniors experience school’s first prom

Cindy Ramunno

The valley’s only alternative high school, Red Canyon High, hosted the school’s first-ever prom this past spring. On Saturday, April 17, students from the school headed up to the Timber Hearth at Cordillera to dine and dance until 11:30 p.m. The prom experience has been a long-time fantasy night for most teenagers. Usually, alternative high schools don’t offer traditional activities such as prom. However, since its inception, Red Canyon staff members have made sincere efforts to incorporate social activities into their already enhanced and individualized curriculum.

Students designed, planned and raised funds for the entire event under the supervision of teacher Ann Constien. Red Canyon principal Wade Hill says the night was a fantastic success. “The kids, with the guidance of Ann, did a great job of planning and preparing the dance for the rest of the school,” says Wade, who adds the kids had a great time. Hill also extended thanks to the community. “We really appreciate the help of the community as well. I hope we have started a great new tradition at Red Canyon High School.” Most of Red Canyon’s students have transferred from either Battle Mountain High or Eagle Valley High. While the event was smaller than those proms, students reported that it was a great celebration before the end of the school year. For Red Canyon students, the night was more close-knit and intimate.

The night was especially nice for seniors, who ” after graduation this spring ” will all go their separate ways. The prom is a positive memory from high school to carry with them into their futures. Stunning young women and dashing young men entered the Timber Hearth and began the evening with a formal dinner. Prom-goers dined on a feast that included Filet Mignon and mashed potatoes. Students and adults raved about cuisine. Senior Lindsey Smith emphasized that the night was great and the dinner was amazing. Smith says, “The food was awesome.”



Constien worked with the prom committee to ensure a safe and wonderful night. She credits the students for the hard work that was put into making the event happen. The first in a series of annual events is always the toughest to pull off. “The prom committee did a super job of planning and working to make sure the night was a success,” says Constien. She also expressed appreciation towards the community for helping with the prom, which will continue as an annual event for the school.


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