Prom means financial strain for some students

Garden Themed Business InfographicPhoto: Sponsor Sara-Jane Shepherd talks finances with the prom committee members during their morning meeting on April 25.

This year’s junior and senior prom will be held on May 5 at the AT&T conference center, 40 minutes away,  in West Campus Austin from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Floral Design students will be designing and decorating the venue with the help of their teacher, Ms. Trussell.

“Because the theme is enchanted forest, we are going to do heavy greenery and some pops of color with flowers,” Mrs. Trussell said. “It should take, with all of the classes, less than a week to prep.”

Prom tickets were originally listed at $50 each and are set to increase $10 every week approaching prom; including an additional $10 fee for sophomores attending with an upperclassman.

“I feel the price of prom tickets is becoming too high, and it becomes even more unfair since the price is raised every week,” sophomore Cassie Martin, who will be attending prom with an upperclassman, said.

According to Visa Inc.’s survey, American families spend an average of $900 for all of the components of attending prom.

“I feel like sometimes they’re unjustified in the way they price [tickets],” junior Riley Borneman said.

The recent rise of “promposals” has contributed to the cost of the prom experience; according to the same survey, U.S. students, on average, spend about one third of their budget on the proposal.

“I definitely think it is too expensive,” Martin said. “I know it could be hard for some to go due to the prices.”

Organizations such as the Giving Gown Foundation, located in Houston, TX, plan to provide prom dresses and accessories to students who otherwise would not be able to afford to attend school formal events.

“We are dedicated to promoting confidence and self-esteem to high school girls and strive to help them attend their formal events in style, regardless of their financial circumstances,” the foundation stated via their website.

Close to a fourth of the student body is expected to attend this year’s prom.

“I’m spending upwards of $500 on prom,” Bourneman said. “Overall, I do believe the price of prom is worth it.”

Written by Tessa Stigler

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