The McKinley High School Prom will feature a special opening program Saturday when students and their guests meet at the McKinley Memorial on North Main Street to begin a Promenade from the memorial to the dinner and dance at Ciminero's Banquet Centre.
''This hasn't been done in several years,'' said high school teacher and prom adviser Stephen Papalas. ''Parents will have the opportunity to take pictures of their children at the really beautiful location on the lawn at the memorial,'' he said.
Papalas said the public also is invited to view the promenade and see the students in the formal prom attire.
The Niles McKinley High School prom will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ciminero’s Banquet Centre. Prior to the dinner and dance, students will meet at the McKinley Memorial for an old-fashioned promenade from the memorial to the banquet center. Prom king and queen will be named at the dinner. The prom court, pictured front row, from left, are Rachel Fridley, Savanna Bowman, Destiny Ketchum and Elexea Aurilio. Second row from left are: Austin Bergana, Chelsea Limongi, Kaitlin Gatta, Jordan Smith and Andrew Sheets. Back row, from left, are Tyler Joseph, Patrick Barrett, Tyler Negro, Ryan Carroll and Edward Kleese.
''For some, this will be the last event of their school life,'' Papalas said.
The promenade will begin at 6 p.m. at the memorial. Students will walk on the sidewalk before a police escort will take them across Main Street to the banquet center. The dinner will begin at 7 p.m.
The theme for the dance is Ice Castles and decorations will include a model of a castle, as well as a transparent dance floor that resembles ice and an ice sculpture. High School English teacher Mike Strodek will deejay the event, and a souvenir booklet will be presented to those students who are attending.
The king and queen will be announced from a court of 14 students at the dinner portion of the evening, Papalas said.
Fundraisers were held throughout the year to defray the cost of decorations and expenses.