Event of the Week: Moments of Gold


John Marshall High School Holds “Moments of Gold”-themed Prom

John Marshall High School in Rochester, Minnesota celebrated their Junior-Senior prom this past May, and the night was certainly a golden affair. The prom, titled “Moments of Gold,” was held at the John Marshall Illstrup Auditorium (for the Grand March) and the International Event Center (for the dinner and dance).

Moments-of-Gold-TicketPrintingThe prom’s theme, of course, gives the attendees a chance to have fun with glitz and glamour, but “Moments of Gold” might also represent many moments in the high school’s history. The school focuses on preparing their students to give back to their community and the world. “Our mission is to inspire, challenge, and empower all students with the knowledge and skills required to reach their full potential, to contribute to future generations, and to become involved members of a global community,” states the school’s website.

The school has the distinction of being Rochester’s oldest public high school, and the school’s motto is “A mark of excellence.” That goal of excellence extends into the school’s many honors-level and advanced placement classes, as well as extracurricular classes such as music, art, industrial technology, business, and more.

Tamara Schollmeier, a teacher at John Marshall, wrote in an email interview that marketing for the prom relied on “student interaction, newspaper, and school announcements.” Schollmeier wrote that the event went “very well,” citing the Grand March as one of the best parts of the night. “The students always enjoy the Grand March, which was decorated to look like a fluffy stairway on clouds,” she wrote. “They enjoy the dinner choices, and…mulling and visiting with friends in and out of the photo booth.”

If you’re already thinking about your school’s prom plans, Schollmeier advises you to think about it like a wedding. “Don’t freak out over the disasters along the way,” she wrote. “It is like planning a wedding; many things will go wrong during the journey, don’t stress. The day of , only a few will know what should have been.” Schollmeier is right; somehow, events seem to come together just as they should, despite the number of headaches or worries you and your planning team might have during the planning process.

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