By Mark Carpenter
It’s a beautiful evening, skies are clear, the air is warm, and it’s time once again for the Junior/Senior Prom. The celebration starts with the Grand March, with all the families there to shine with pride that their child made it to this great event in their high school life. The young ladies were gleaming with beauty in their formal attire and the young lads looked so fine in theirs. First, a delicious meal, then an evening of dancing and celebrating with friends and classmates, truly one of the greatest times in a young adult’s life.
Those were the words read to the student body at Manchester High School by Principal Jamie Wilkins on the morning of April 21, directly preceding a much more somber event as a group of MHS students and first responders from the area staged a mock accident to show the students assembled how quickly a bad decision can lead to tragedy. The event was part of the school’s Prom Promise and was meant to encourage students to make good decisions on prom night, as the MHS Prom was held on April 23 and from all reports, went off without a hitch.
All four county high schools have now completed their Prom Nights and now focus their attention on Graduation Day and The People’s Defender urges all graduating seniors to make the same good decisions then.