Saturday night’s Manatee High School prom was accented with a bit of French flair. A lighted Eiffel tower in the center of the Michael’s on East courtyard set the stage as over 600 students arrived.
While a downpour prevented many grand entrances, the formally dressed teens arrived in style. A few guys even graciously lent their jackets to help keep their dates dry on the run from the car or, in many cases, the limousine. The prom “tickets” were actually keychains that served as evening keepsakes.
As in years past, the Junior Class was in charge of the planning, with a little help from class adviser Amanda Granstad.
The junior class board, composed of president Carson Lonzo, vice-president Julia McKeithen, secretary Kendall Anderson and treasurer Sheila Scalaro, made sure that the evening gave the seniors a memorable farewell.
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Students who worked up an appetite on the dance floor could sample the delicious dessert buffet. Any sort of diet was abandoned for the table filled with a chocolate fountain and assorted dippers, little pastries and tiny portions of cobblers and puddings.
Of course, the highlight of the evening was the crowning of the prom court. Caroline Hughes was crowned queen, and Ronnie Daniels was named king. Prom princess was Jackie Mazza, and Matt Austin was prom prince.
Susan Wilcox, a Florida native, has lived in Bradenton for more than 20 years.