TCU preps for Prom


Tri-City United High School is busy planning the school’s first prom, scheduled for Saturday, May 4.
Prom advisors are high school staff Leah Rode-Mulder and Carolyn Harmeyer. 
The grand march will take place on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. The theme is “Outta This World”.
Rode-Mulder said they moved the Grand March to the high school gymnasium due to the large numbers of people who attend to watch.
“The last few years, each school (Montgomery-Lonsdale and Le Center) had standing room only in the auditorium,” Rode-Mulder said. “By having Grand March in the gym, we should be able to have more of the public able to watch.”
The co-advisor said planning TCU’s first prom was easy, because each school’s traditions were so similar.
“Both schools traveled to a different location for their dinner and dance,” she said. “This made working together very easy to create a TCU prom.”
Rode-Mulder said they have spent more time focusing on what they could do to make prom a “TCU Prom”. 
“We felt we needed to focus on what and who we are, and not what and who we were,” she said.
After the Grand March, the students will ride coach buses to the TCF Bank Stadium for dinner and dancing. They will then return to Montgomery for the Post Prom.
Post Prom
Post Prom is an event that allowed high school prom goers and non-prom goers to continue the fun of prom in a safe, substance-free, adult-chaperoned environment.
The Post Prom for TCU students will be held at TCU High School in the Commons Area and gymnasium. 
Marina McGuire, one of the committee members,  said the Post Prom committee has been meeting every month since September planning the event. She said the committee has been working to mix what was the best of each school’s past post proms. 
“We are using the same theme as the prom, ‘Outta This World’  and adding to what the kids are doing, instead of having two separate themes,” she said.  “Decorating for Post Prom will start Friday so anyone attending the Grand March will see what we have done.”
She also added that the first TCU Post Prom will have a mixture of the games that were used in the past schools, many of which were similar to each other. 
“Games will be similar as last year. We are adding ‘inflatable interactives’,  a mechanical bull, King of the Hill, log roll,” she said. “We are also having the semi with big screen Xbox, PS3 etc, the ever popular boxer bingo and a hypnotist.”
The event will also include prizes for all the kids with a few larger raffle prizes and a lot of food. 
Post Prom is brought to the students thanks to the efforts of parent volunteers and the support of local businesses. McGuire said the committee has had a great response from local businesses and organizations in Montgomery, Lonsdale and Le Center.
“We very much appreciate their financial support,” she said. “Post Prom would not be possible without their support.”
Grand March Information
Where:  TCU High 
School Gym
When: Saturday, May 4
4 p.m.
Cost: $2 donation