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Palmetto High’s prom featured an underwater theme

It’s been a few years since I’ve been to the prom, but it’s nice to know that things haven’t changed. Since proms began, they have been filled with excited teens wearing fancy clothes.

Friday night’s Palmetto High School prom at the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium was no exception. Junior class advisor Stacy Radley helped plan the evening, which featured an underwater “Treasures of the Night” theme. Blue and green shimmery cloths, fishing nets, shells and even a couple of mermaids (also known as sisters Brianne and Alana Anderson) added up to watery fun.

Most of the girls wore long dresses and some of the guys matched their tuxes to the gowns of their dates. A number of guests even coordinated with the prom theme, choosing shades of turquoise and white for their ensembles.

Of course, prom customs have changed some and an improvement is that many kids now attend in groups. They even dance in big groups so the disc jockey played plenty of fast songs to keep the floor filled. A white chocolate fountain with assorted dippers and a candy buffet kept the sugar and energy levels high.

Of course, the crowning of the prom king and queen is always the high point of the evening. The 2009 Palmetto High royalty included Queen Shanequa Bernard, King Andy Mullins, Princess Natalie Weiffenbach and Prince Cody Howard.

More than 350 juniors and seniors, along with a handful of underclassmen, were guests at the end-of-the-year dance. Among the crowd were Alec McCain, Alyssa Brown, Becky Finch, Andy Mullins, Tyler Bell, Victoria Miller, Emily McCaughan and Randy Acevedo.