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On Friday, April 12, juniors and seniors gathered from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Dulles Marriott Hotel for a night of fake gambling, dancing, and celebration under this year’s eccentric prom theme: Las Vegas.
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Students dance the night away on the floor as the music blasts in a “Vegas-inspired” ballroom, decorated with casino-themed adornments.

On Friday, April 12, the Student Council Association (SCA) hosted its annual prom at the Washington Dulles Marriott Hotel and chose the theme to be the notorious sin city, Las Vegas.

The event organizers consisted of grade class sponsors and teacher volunteers who set up the venue and ensured that the entire event moved smoothly throughout the night and that everyone was accounted for. This year’s prom was decorated from scratch, and  teacher volunteers created much of the decor and art.  One of those volunteers was history teacher Victoria Webb. “Prom is such a wonderful event,” Webb said. “I loved being able to make it memorable. I loved working with other teachers and seeing all of our incredible students.”

On one side of the ballroom, a casino pit with several gambling games such as Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em, and Roulette was set up, adding to the Las Vegas atmosphere. If attendees didn’t desire to play at the tables, they had the option of taking photos at the photo booth with various props. Additionally, they could take to the dance floor, where they could request music to be played through a QR code posted on tables. “I’m lucky I got here a little bit later because the music started to get really nice and we had a lot of fun,” senior Kinda Rchaid said. “All my friends were there so we got to meet them first.”

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The party had plenty of tables and a wide selection of food and beverages for students to eat and drink, or sit around and talk with each other when more people flooded in.  

During the middle of prom when the venue occupancy was at its highest, the names of prom king and queen nominees were announced. The couples were, August Thomas and Emily Gruessing, and Kinda Rchaid and Emon Naderi, and the crowned king and queen were Rchaid and Naderi. “I wasn’t really expecting [the win] to be honest, I thought that the other couple would win,” Rchaid said. “I was rooting for them too-I voted for them, but we ended up winning and still had fun.” 

They were subsequently given their crowns, and the floor was cleared out for them to slow dance together as students surrounded them. Their slow dance song was “Leave The Door Open,” by Silk Sonic, and their sentimental moment resonated with the attendees, who cheered them on, and later joined in dancing again with them soon after.

Although prom was hosted in the Marriott Hotel this year, next year that may not be the case, as during this year’s prom, only 350 tickets were sold.  The junior class needed to sell at least 400 tickets to cover the costs of the hotel, the prom itself, decorations, the DJ, and food/drink. Low attendance was a concern last year, but now is shaping up to become a real issue as they most likely no longer have the funds to keep hosting junior/senior prom at the hotel. Prom may be held in the ym next year, which is highly unfavored by students, but still a likely outcome. “I’m honestly really thankful I’m graduating,” Rchaid said. “I feel bad for everyone that has to have [prom] next year in the gym because it’s just like doing that for homecoming too. I hope something changes, because [having prom and homecoming in the gym] can’t be right.”

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Bhargav Kuniki
Bhargav Kuniki, Photo Editor
Bhargav is a junior and the Photo Editor on The Blaze. When he's not mountain biking, he's doing homework, playing basketball, or hanging out with his friends. His favorite food is homemade mashed potatoes with gravy. He joined the newspaper to be more involved in the inner workings of Rock Ridge. He's looking forward to the year and the exciting new stories to write.
Nidhi Manchala
Nidhi Manchala, Staff Writer
Nidhi is a junior at Rock Ridge and it is her third year as a member of The Blaze. Outside of school, Nidhi enjoys drawing. She prefers to keep her art private, and mostly doodles on work. Her favorite part of school is newspaper, which she actually joined on a whim as a freshman. Her favorite part of newspaper is the design aspect because she gets to put her art skills to use. Nidhi has spent this past summer studying for the SAT and taking care of her beloved dog. Nidhi aspires to be a psychiatrist when she’s older due to her interest in psychology. Nidhi is looking forward to college and the freedom that comes with it.
Lucian Tiller
Lucian Tiller, Opinion Editor
Lucian Tiller is a junior who has always liked reading about news and current events, and he thinks that it’s important for people to stay up to date about things that can impact them. Despite challenging deadlines, he also likes how the newspaper provides a service for the school, encouraging staffers to write about what they like. As Opinion Editor, he reminds staff that if you don’t write what you enjoy, it isn’t gonna be as good; plus, writing about stuff you like is easier, and you have fun while doing it.
Melissa Waas
Melissa Waas, Video Editor
Melissa Waas is a junior who is the Video Editor for The Blaze. Waas has a place in her heart for making films with her two sisters, who also love to make craft and movie projects.  Originally from France, Waas moved in 8th grade, and she loves being part of the Rock Ridge community, where she is also involved in PEER and is one of the WINGS mentors.

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