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Glenwood Springs High School prom

Mention prom night to someone and it usually brings a smile, since most everybody can summon a special memory from that evening.

And the students from Glenwood Springs High School will be able to do the same. As tradition dictated, the junior class put on the dance Saturday, April 17, at the Hotel Colorado.

Parents and local businesses donated more than $4,000 to put on the After Prom Event (APE), held at the high school from midnight until 3 a.m.

APE was created six years ago to give the students a safe, alternative activity after prom. In that time, it has become the most popular place to go after the main event.

Some of the activities set up in the gym and other rooms were inflatable sumo suits, bouncing boxing, and karaoke along with plenty of food.

Volunteer Linda English said they had so many prizes donated by the community, gifts were given away every five minutes, which also included four Colorado Rockies tickets, a round trip ride to the stadium and cash to spend at the game.

At the high school, just before midnight, half a dozen weary parents made last preparations in anticipation for more than 400 kids.

Parents Clayton Collier and Ken Melby tested the 75-foot inflatable obstacle course and the bungee run. Collier, harnessed to a bungee cord, sprinted down an inflated bouncy runway and said, “This is heart-attack city!” Right before it snapped him back to the beginning.

Melby knew the event would be a success. He said, “By 3 a.m. they are going to be too tired to do anything!”

David Herth, left, is a freshman at Colorado Mountain College, Carlyn Farquhar is junior class president, Ashley Fowler is a junior and Nick Schulz is a sophomore at Colorado Mountain College.

Kaitlyn Otto, left, is a junior, Cassie Nemelka, Jamie Wilson and Kayleigh Gates are seniors.

Junior girls from left, Tara Beckwith, Kelsey Sos, Mandi Kitchens and Andrea Klug, all of Glenwood.

Chris Lechuga, left, is a senior, Christi Slater is a sophomore at Colorado Mountain College, Jennifer Odom is a senior and Rusty Slater is a junior.

Tom Suazo, left, is a senior, Lisa Saathoff is a sophomore, Haley Carmer is a sophomore and Ashton Taufer is a senior.

Junior girls from left, Megan Trebesh, Tracy Hawkins, Sarah Vasquez, Brittany Messmer and Jessica Fairchild, a junior at Rifle High School.

Clockwise from left, Stephanie Gray is a junior, Zach Hallford is a junior, Meredith Oakes is a junior, David Collier is a junior, Mallerie Neal is a freshman and Greg Miller is a junior.

Joe Schreiner, left, is a junior, Keeley Hodgins is a junior, Kalee Fisher is a junior and Justin Montover is a sophomore.

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