Prom Workshop benefits Lane seniors

By Karen Baena
& Sadeta Causevic

On May 22, Lane counselor Ms. Sanders held The Cinderella Project, which aimed to help girls as they prepared for a “Night to Remember,” prom night.

“I wanted an open forum where the girls could talk about any concerns they might have about prom,” said Sanders.

The workshop topics were alcohol safety, etiquette, health awareness, and sexual education. The speakers were Officer Giannoni, Chef Chris Rybicki, and Nurse Janet Clark.

Before sitting down to watch a video on drinking and the dangers it creates on prom night, the girls had the opportunity to eat a breakfast buffet.

“The breakfast was good,” said Kellie Newcomer, Div. 042. “I did not expect them to go all out to even get fresh fruit, bagels, cereal, milk, juice, and cupcakes.”

The first video included commentary by students who have experienced the negative effects of drinking on prom night. For some of the students in the video, the results included death.

“I liked the first video the best because it showed real people and their true life experiences and it seemed the most ‘real’,” said Diana Guler, Div. ???.

After the first video, Officer Giannoni talked about the importance of having a “plan” on prom night. She focused on the idea of “choice” and how having a “plan” will help girls avoid peer pressure.

“Talk to your girlfriends and be on the same page,” said Officer Giannoni.

Having a plan on prom night and being on the same page would include talking to your group of friends beforehand and agreeing on how to react and handle any situations that may occur.

“I think it was a really constructive piece to encourage the girls to have a realistic plan for the night,” said Ms. Dulberg, a Lane counselor.

Chef Rybicki began his presentation with a reenactment of the proper way a man should treat a woman on prom night as well as a set up of the dinner table. Then, he taught the basics of etiquette.

“It was a very relaxing atmosphere,” said Yuliya Bandurovych, Div. 047. “The etiquette [portion] was very educational. I learned how to properly eat, and that I have to take my time while eating and cut one piece of food at a time.”

Since the workshop was a new event, no one knew what to expect.

“I thought it would be set up more like the college fair, with tables and exhibits. I didn’t expect it to be like a seminar,” said Dulberg.

“Since there was bullet points [on the flyer], I thought everyone would be in small groups with an adult at each station,” said Bandurvych.

“I thought it would be about safe sex,” said Guler.

The workshop did fulfill Guler’s expectations because Nurse Clark’s presentation was about respecting your body and sexual education.

However, some of the girls disliked Clark’s presentation.

“It was good [to talk about sex] but kind of over-kill. It was supposed to be about three or four different topics but each one seemed to find its way back to sex,” said Bandurovych.

“Maybe next time they could focus less on [sex],” said Guler.

Despite some negative reactions, the message was made clear.

“We got it by the end. Don’t have sex on prom night unless you want a prom baby,” said Bandurvych.

The last fictional video consisted of theoretical situations about drinking and the consequences of having sex.

“The second video was so real,” said Dulberg. “Kids don’t see the magnitude of the importance of sex.”

To wrap up the Cinderella Project, Ms Sanders conducted a raffle. Girls were able to pick out from an assortment of jewelry, and each girl received two prizes.