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Seniors to dance 'Around the World'

Seniors to dance 'Around the World'

April 19th, 2018 by Phillip Sitter in Local News

In this April 30, 2016 photo, Jefferson City High School student Cole Halcomb leads Pat Hidlebaugh out onto the dance floor as band leader Gene Atkinson and his Kapital Kicks launch into Benny Goodman's "Sing Sing Sing" during the Senior Citizens Prom hosted by the student council in the JCHS cafeteria.

Photo by Kris Wilson /News Tribune.

It's prom season again, including for local senior citizens.

"What we're most excited for is to learn how to dance from them," Jefferson City High School sophomore Angela Lopez said of the 2018 Senior Citizen Prom to be hosted 6-9 p.m. April 28 at JCHS's cafeteria.

The prom is a free, unticketed opportunity for any senior citizen in the community to interact with students and mingle over music, dancing, snacks and this year's prom theme of "Around the World."

"We'll have posters (of) a lot of famous buildings that are known around the world" — Big Ben in London, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Statue of Liberty in New York City, Lopez said of the decorations, adding there will be additional decorative items on the ceiling such as paper airplanes on string and an inflatable globe in the middle of the room.

Lopez is a Student Council member at JCHS and helped plan the event, though she said Valerie Holt is the student in charge this year. Lopez is learning the ropes so she can lead next year.

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"Everyone says this is their favorite event in Student Council," she said. "I really love to get to know older members in the community more who have lived here longer than I have."

"I feel like the whole council ends up helping out with this event," she said — about 80-90 people.

If a guest doesn't have a dance partner, there will be plenty available at the prom.

"Our Student Council would love to dance," Lopez said.

Live big band music will be provided by Kapital Kicks. There also will be free snacks and refreshments, Lopez said.