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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Highlands Prom Changing Starts New Tradition at NKU

By Nicki Johnson

Highlands Prom and Prom to Dawn are going to be sailing in another direction this year as they change the venues of both events for the first time in over twenty years.

Prom had been held at the Syndicate in Newport for many years and Prom to Dawn which had been held at the high school for twenty years will both relocate to Northern Kentucky University.

Prom which is hosted by the Junior class will be held at the Student Union Ballroom with no dinner and students will have the flexibility to dine on their own.  Prom to Dawn will be at the Recreation Center following Prom starting at midnight and ending at 3:30 a.m.  The decision to change venues was made since there was an increase in the number of students wanting to attend last year and many were unfortunately turned away due to lack of space.

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Prom to Dawn is a drug and alcohol-free sponsored event to keep the juniors, seniors and their dates safe after Prom.  Traditionally the high school was transformed into the party theme of the event which took many volunteer hours to achieve.

Junior parent Angela Stevens said, “I spent about twenty hours decorating to transform the school into a magical place and it will be nice to have it simplified”.

The theme this year will be “The Bluebird of the Seas” cruise ship which many of the activities at the NKU recreation center will be able to accommodate without massive amounts of decorating and rearranging.   There still will be some of the same traditional activities from years past but some new things to do such as swimming, rock climbing and other activities.

Senior Karli Baioni said, “I’m so glad they are having it at NKU. We had to put our stuff in the corner just to make room for people to eat and I’m happy about having more space in a place outside of school.”  

The Prom to Dawn committee appreciates the donations given so far by the community businesses and parents. Businesses may contact Nicole Price, if they would like to donate.

Elizabeth Reitman is the chair of parent donations and anyone who would like to donate something for the night such as a gift card can reach out to her at

There will be a Luau fundraiser for Prom to Dawn at the Fort Thomas Pub on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 7 – 11 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance at for $10 or pay $15 at the door.

Stop in for a Tropical Drink Special and listen to some good tunes from the DJ!

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