It’s the big dance |

It’s the big dance

April E. ClarkPost Indepedent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

Deborah Collins and Tucker Riley missed their curfews Saturday night.But their parents weren’t waiting up with worry, wondering why they hadn’t called, or wondering where they were.They weren’t concerned that Collins and Riley, both seniors at Glenwood Springs High School, didn’t come home until the early hours of Sunday morning.One simple, four-letter word and they were in the clear.Prom. It’s an annual rite of spring, an annual tradition that still holds a powerful appeal to high-schoolers of today.

The tradition of teenagers promenading arm-in-arm for an end-of-year event complete with formal attire, dinner and dancing continued Saturday night when GSHS hosted prom at the Aspen Glen Country Club.Boutonnieres were pinned on lapels.Corsages were placed on wrists.Teenagers smiled big for their parents’ cameras. Gangly boys joined other more graceful peers on the dance floor, while the girls wore elegant dresses and bright smiles.Even in the last 75 years, the traditions haven’t changed.

Saturday night, Collins, 18, wore a turquoise blue dress a lucky find during a trip to the mall in Utah visiting her sister.Riley wore a black tuxedo suit with a striped turquoise tie to color coordinate with his date.Even the smallest details didn’t go unnoticed on a high school senior’s special night.After the boutonniere and corsages are exchanged, photos taken, and parents say “Have fun!” one last time, Collins and Riley were off to dinner at Rivers with friends.

Riley will pick up the tab, this is no Dutch treat. Collins will never forget dancing at the prom, laughing with friends and being a high school senior one last time before she’s off to college at Brigham Young University in June.

Riley, 17, had a blast, too.”It was really fun,” he said. “We pretty much danced the whole time.”And what advice will Collins give her children someday if they go to a prom of their own?”I’d say go with lots of people and have no regrets that night,” she said, with an accent picked up from living in Tennessee before moving to Colorado about a year and a 1/2 ago. “Take advantage of the moment.”Collins said prom was something she’ll always remember. One memory that will remain strong is when her mom helped her get ready for the night, giving her a manicure instead paying someone to have her nails done.

“She did the full-out massage,” Collins said, of her mom’s manicure skills.The night concluded with APE, which translates to After-Prom Extravaganza at GSHS. There, more music and dancing. And there were plenty of games Collins said the blow-up obstacle course was a hit for promgoers before calling it a night.Or morning.Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext.

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