By SHANNON WATKINS
“You have to be there to win,” said Pulaski County High School Activities Director Mark Hanks, speaking of the After Prom party’s prize giveaways at 4 a.m. A very special prize will also be on the menu this year: a 2013 Nissan Juke.
One student at the party will win a key that may fit the car, provided by the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Council. According to Hanks, students at After Prom parties from around the area will be awarded possible keys to the car, which will be tried in Roanoke on Saturday, June 1. The student whose key works will win the Juke.
Hanks is coordinating this year’s After Prom party. Its theme, he says, picked by the students, is “Cougars Mesmerized.”
The local After Prom party is a little over a decade old, according to Hanks, and was started by a parent group but was “kind of absorbed by the high school.” In the past it has attracted as many as 350 students.
The After Prom party will feature plenty of entertainment for its guests, including a magician, a hypnotist, casino games, dodgeball, bingo and a cornhole tournament. Free food will be available in the form of pizza, sandwiches and breakfast biscuits. Coffee and waffles will also be provided by the Pulaski County Parent Coalition.
Those unable or uninterested in the prom can still attend the After Prom party as long as they’re juniors or seniors. Ticketholders are automatically registered for the grand prize giveaway at 4 a.m., but must be present to win. Prizes include TVs, iPads, and game systems.
Hanks said, encouraging students to come out, “We feel like we’re offering them a great alternative to substance abuse. We’re really excited about it, and we thing they’re going to have a really great time.”
After Prom begins at midnight on Saturday April 20 at Pulaski Elementary School and continues until around 5 a.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12, include a tie-dyed T-shirt, and can be purchased during lunch at the high school this week.