Ready for the prom |

Ready for the prom

Douglas High School seniors Steven Henning, Joey Apone and Conner Lyman are fitted for their tuxes at Carson Valley Tuxedo on Wednesday afternoon.
Kurt Hildebrand |

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Douglas High School senior Conner Lyman said he asked his date to Saturday’s prom using a big pink poster board with “PROM?” spelled out in mini Snickers bars.

Conner, Steven Henning and Joey Apone were being fitted for their tuxedoes on Wednesday in preparation for the first prom to be held at the school in their lifetimes.

Steven said he plans to ask Rachel, his girlfriend of eight months, to the prom this morning by writing the question on the classroom board.

Joey said he and his date went to the river with a friend who owns a truck. The note to his date was set up in the back of the truck.

Douglas High teacher Karen Lamb said that as far as she can tell, it will be the first time in more than 20 years that the prom has been held at the school.

“By my calculation it’s been somewhere around a quarter century since it was held here,” Lamb said.

Historically, the Douglas High prom has been held at Genoa Lakes or Edgewood, which is where Lamb’s prom was in 2000.

Work decorating the school’s gym will start today.

“We’re here and we’re raring to go,” Lamb said. “We’re canopying the entire gym, we’ve rented tables and are setting up a photo booth. The culinary class is doing all the food. It’s pretty exciting.”

This year’s theme is the Roaring 20s.

Most of the work for prom is done by the junior class officers.

“The junior class officers plan the prom and do a lot of the work as their gift to the seniors,” Lamb said. “This year because we’re doing the work, I’ve asked the seniors to help decorate.”

There are a couple of benefits to doing the prom at the high school.

Lamb said when she went to prom it cost $55. This year seniors will pay $30, which will pay for the event and leave a little money aside for the sober graduation party. Also, the school has a little more freedom to decorate.

“The neat part about it is that we actually get to decorate,” she said. “When we rent these other facilities, they don’t want you stapling in. We’ll be able to have a really cool theme and decoration.”

The impending renovation of Douglas High School also adds a touch of nostalgia to the proceedings, Lamb said.

“This will be the last big event in this building as it exists right now,” she said. “There’s something sort of magical about that. While Genoa Lakes and Edgewood are beautiful, I like having the kids here. Bishop Manogue, Sparks High do their proms at the school.”

Lamb hopes to obtain a GoPro camera to mount in the gym and record progress of decorating in time lapse.

Conner, Steven and Joey were being fitted for the tuxedoes at Carson Valley Tuxedos inside A Gourmet Sewing Company in Minden.

Owner Gloria Gero said this is crunch time for her business. Prom related services have been offered by several Minden and Gardnerville businesses.

Prom is 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. According to the Douglas High School website, all students attending prom must have a dance contract on file. Guests must be approved prior to the event, according to the high school.