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A Night to Remember

HHS poses with The Chainsmokers (Photo courtesy of The Chainsmokers twitter).
HHS poses with The Chainsmokers (Photo courtesy of The Chainsmokers twitter).

The skies were dark, and the weather was cold and rainy, yet everyone had a smile on their face. Prom 2017 was really “An Enchanted Evening.”

The night started off with a surprise performance from Grammy winning artist, The Chainsmokers. Andrew Taggart introduced himself, which sent a flood of people rushing towards the stage. The Chainsmokers performed their single “Closer.”

Andrew Tabbat of The Chainsmokers (Photo courtesy of Andrea Martinez).

Huntley got very lucky that The Chainsmokers just so happened to be down the street and decided to crash the Prom.

Junior Matt Jensen sent an email to them, but had no response back. Their manager actually called Dr. Scott Rowe to set this up. He said, on ABC 7, it was the hardest secret he has ever had to keep.

The Chainsmokers brought Jensen and his date up on stage and gave them both a shoutout.

This event truly started off the night magically. However, not all students were there to witness this mini concert. Some of the buses had not yet arrived. The Chainsmokers should have been pushed back until everyone was in the building.

“I missed most of their performance but it was so cool that they even came,” junior Emily Vera said. “Things like that don’t usually happen to a school like ours and I honestly would have never expected it. It was such a great surprise.”

After the initial shock of this, students then enjoyed a salad, chicken Parmesan or ratatouille, and a lemon cheese cake.

Once dinner was over, it was time to rush to the dance floor. Students were able to dance the night away, and take a break posing in the photo booths.

Towards the end of the night the Prom Court was announced. Senior Brian Bala was crowned as Prom King and senior Dana Taylor as Prom Queen.

“Once I found out I was on the prom court I decided I wanted to make the vote for ‘royalty’ more than a popularity contest,” Bala said. “I announced that I would donate $250 to Doctors Without Borders on behalf of the Class of 2017 if I won.”

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The night ended at 11 p.m., but most students did not get on their bus until close to midnight. The energy in the room was still high even after hours of dancing.

“Prom will be one of my favorite memories of high school, student council did a stellar job setting it up this year,” Bala said. “Shoutout to Matt Jensen for bringing The Chainsmokers and making every other upperclassmen in the nation jealous of our prom.”

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