Beautiful dresses, handsome tuxedos… It was a glamorous night at Cave Spring High School on Thursday, February 28. “It’s Our Prom,” led and organized entirely by the Prevention Clubs from Cave Spring High School and Hidden Valley High School, is an annual fashion show event designed to raise money for the After Proms at the two high schools in Southwest County.
After Prom is a way for students to attend a drug and alcohol-free party after the prom is over. From the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition website: “Prom night has historically been a time when teenagers risk their lives and those of others by driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Drug and alcohol-free After Prom Parties are an excellent alternative to dangerous partying by offering students good music, food, entertainment, prizes, and fun in a safe environment.”
Hidden Valley High School student Maggie Hirst greeted everyone at the beginning of the fashion show by saying that her goal is to change someone’s mind about using drugs or alcohol after prom. About forty students participated in the fashion show by modeling dresses and tuxedos. Arielle Rosmarino, who is Ms. Vermont as well as a student at Radford University, is very involved with the Prevention Club at Hidden Valley High School. She modeled several dresses and even spoke at intermission saying, “the most fun I had in high school was at after prom.” She went on to encourage parents to “stay close to your kids and encourage them to stay out of trouble.”
Even though most of the members of the Prevention Club were modeling; there were plenty of other students who did behind the scenes work too. Taylor Jones, a Cave Spring High School student and member of the Prevention Club said, “It’s definitely been a lot of work but seeing everything come together and seeing everyone in their tuxedos and dresses is great. It definitely makes it worth it.”