Saturday, April 10, 1999

After-prom plans in the works

Parents setting up array of activities for students

Enquirer Contributor

        FORT THOMAS — Officials at Highlands High School think they can appeal to students' wallets after the junior-senior prom April 17.

        The prom takes place from 7:30 p.m. to midnight at The Syndicate in Newport. From 1 to 6 a.m. the following morning, the school's Parent-Teacher-Student Association is putting on “Prom To Dawn,” an evening of activities at the school, 2400 Memorial Parkway.

        “It's a function to encourage staying safe and sober and alcohol-free,” said Reno Deaton, chairman of the Prom-to-Dawn fund-raising committee.

        Highlands Principal George Frakes said his school has had after-prom activities the last eight or nine years, but Prom To Dawn is in its third year. He said last year, a student won $1,000 in a drawing among students who stayed the entire night.

        “The kids love it,” Mr. Frakes said.

        This year, Mr. Deaton said, the money will be split differently. Instead of a single $1,000 winner, there will be two $500 winners and a couple of $250 recipients. A television and other prizes are on the list, as well.

        To pay for the prizes and other activities, Highlands' PTSA has raised nearly $17,500 from activities throughout the year. Mr. Deaton said between 300 and 400 students are expected.

        Other schools are holding after-prom activities on the Ohio River and across it:

        • Boone County is having a B&B Riverboat cruise midnight-5 a.m. April 25.

        • Newport Central Catholic students will head to Cincinnati Sports Mall, 3950 Red Bank Road in Fairfax, 1-6 a.m. May 8.

        Two schools, St. Henry and Villa Madonna, are staying closer to their campuses:

        • Villa Madonna's prom and after-prom take place 8 p.m.-4 a.m. Friday into Saturday at Four Seasons Sports Country Club in Crestview Hills.

        • St. Henry's prom is May 1 at the Syndicate, followed by after-prom midnight-4 a.m. May 2 at the school, 3755 Scheben Drive in Erlanger. Activities include video karaoke, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, padded sumo wrestlers and a Twister contest.


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