Last Saturday, over seven hundred students went off to the races for Apex High’s Kentucky Derby-style prom at Embassy Suites. The ballroom was filled with songs from every genre to match all sorts of dancing. Derby-themed foods and drinks, stunning floral bouquets, and elegant décor tied the whole theme together. Students really got excited when the DJ played classic line dances like the “Cupid Shuffle” and the Wobble and even songs from our parents’ time such as “Dancing Queen,” “Never Gonna Give You Up,” and “Don’t Stop Believing.” The DJ also took students back to the good days of elementary school with “The Hoedown Throwdown” and “Crank That (Soulja Boy).”
Many students were skeptical about the Kentucky Derby theme and what that would entail, but Mrs. Hoskins and the prom committee transformed the venue into a classy event with a hint of Southern style. The food table offered classic Southern delicacies such as pimento cheese, country ham biscuits, shrimp and grits, and sausage balls with desserts like pecan pie and peach cobbler. The drink station also had themed options like sweet tea and minted Arnold Palmers to imitate what they serve at the Derby.
To implicate the Southern charm, the ballroom and lobby were decorated with antique furniture, classy chandeliers, rustic wine barrels filled with floral arrangements, horseshoes and saddles, and even a set of cornhole boards. After students showed their ticket at the front, they walked through a replica of the entrance to Churchill Downs where the Kentucky Derby is held. A very important part of the Derby is the stunning rose blanket they give to the winning horse, so the committee assembled over sixty extravagant bouquets of fresh flowers all around the venue.
There were many highlights to the night, but a crowd favorite was watching the faculty dance circle. The DJ invited all staff to come to the center and dance to “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars, and they jammed out like they were back in their own high school. Students also enjoyed a rendition of “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker to correspond with the Derby theme and please the country music fans in the audience. Out of all of the songs that were played, the ones that got the most students up on their feet were the classic line dances.
While the dancing was one of the biggest parts of prom, the students really enjoyed getting to see their classmates crowned Prom King and Queen. The senior class nominated many students for the title, and it ended up going to Patrick Kenney and Shelby Poliachik. As they received their crowns and sashes, they “danced” by themselves on stage (since Kenney had an injury and was on crutches) and sang along to “All of Me” by John Legend. The two of them were very deserving of the title; congratulations to you both! The faculty was also competing to win best dressed in their derby attire, and the students declared Mr. Moncelle the winner.
Check out these pictures from the Prom!