Students celebrate prom night at Colchester County schools

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TRURO – Emily Prescott has been preparing for prom night for six months.

“I made my dress and started it at Christmas. I wanted it to be original and special,” said Emily, who wore a beautiful blue, frilly, layered dress.

The Grade 12 Cobequid Educational Centre student, who along with hundreds of students throughout Colchester County, enjoyed prom night on Wedneday.

Before heading to the Best Western Glengarry for the CEC prom, Emily and her friends gathered at the Riverside Park gazebo for photos.

“Going with friends is good because it’s more relaxed and it’s a little farewell” before graduation.

Emily will attend Ryerson University in Toronto in the fall to study fashion.

Longtime North River couple Anthony Snively-Vazquez and Kayla Lewis said this prom was extra special because it’s the second one they have attended together. Anthony graduated from CEC two years ago and this is Kayla’s graduation year and prom.

“We are more mature now and to experience the same event twice … brings us closer,” said Anthony, as Kayla began to tear up.

“It’s extremely special,” Kayla said, adding, “it’s also the last chance to hang out with friends and celebrate that we made it and are going into the next chapter of our lives.”

In Brookfield, the rain held off long enough for students to take part in a parade from the sportsplex to South Colchester Academy, but the umbrellas came out soon after.

Emily Sitser and Cody Graham were relieved to arrive before it got too wet as they drove in on a 1959 John Deere tractor.

“My grandfather had this tractor half of my life,” said Cody, who is graduating this year. “It was rusty when he got it, but I always loved it. I didn’t want to drive anything else to the prom.”

Emily, who just completed home school, was also happy to arrive by tractor.

“I’m a country girl so there was no argument,” she said. “Cody lifted me down from the tractor, so that wasn’t a problem.”

Emily was able to find a prom dress without leaving Brookfield, buying her blue gown at a local bridal shop.

In Tatamagouche, pouring rain didn’t hamper the spirits of prom-goers at North Colchester High School.

About 40 students dressed in style for the annual occasion, huddled beneath umbrellas and plastic bags while sitting on a float pulled through the village by a tractor-trailer.

The school was transformed for the gala affair, featuring a mock beach boardwalk, lobster traps, giant pompoms and lots of seashells.

Grade 12 student Josh Dunn, accompanied by his friend Breanne Tattrie, helped make some of the decorations to create a whimsical beach party theme for the special occasion.

“It’s great,” he said of the annual event. “Just dandy.”

Dunn, and fellow technical education classmates including Patrick Rafters, built a trellis, Adirondack chairs and other items, adding to the beach motif.

“It looks really good,” said Rafters. “I think it’s going to be a great night.”

Organizations: Grade 12 Cobequid Educational Centre, Best Western Glengarry, Ryerson University South Colchester Academy North Colchester High School

Geographic location: Colchester County, Brookfield, Riverside Park Toronto North River Tatamagouche

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