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High school students put on senior citizen prom


Dont miss the fun at WLHS this Saturday

Thinking high schoolers shouldn’t have all the fun, a group of students in West Linn High’s Leadership class have organized the Senior Citizen Prom to take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the high school.

“We got the idea from a leadership conference we attended,” sophomore Bobbi O’Brien said. “Bailee Johnson and I are co-chairing the event, and the rest of the class is helping. I enjoy working with seniors and thought this would be fun.”

All senior citizens are invited to come take a trip down memory lane at the event, which will feature music provided by the school’s jazz band.

“Mr. Egan, our band director, was very exciting about the project,” O’Brien said.

“None of my kids are in Leadership, but it’s a good way for us to support the community both in and out of the school,” band director Kevin Egan said. “I have a smaller jazz combo that is working on a dance list.”

He said the student musicians were putting in extra practice for the prom, in addition to preparing for concerts and festivals.

“We have tried to concentrate on swing music, with a nod to a couple of arrangements of recognizable Beatles tunes,” Egan said. “For some reason, people still equate swing music and the geriatric set.

“Unfortunately, swing era teenagers are all nearing the age of 90. Not sure how many of that crowd we’ll be seeing at the show.”

O’Brien said all ages are welcome to the free event, and people can make it an opportunity to dress up or not, as they wish.

“There is no dress code; people should wear what they want,” she said. “I imagine we will get people dressed in everything from sweats to nice clothes. We just want them to come join the fun.”

Refreshments, including crackers, cheese, fruits and other foods, have been donated by Albertsons. The Starbuck’s coffee shop near the high school has donated coffee for the event.

“The draw will be that we have live music played by outstanding local talent,” Egan said. “It’s the sense of community and support of each other that will hopefully draw folks in.”

West Linn High School is located at 5464 W. A St.