Editor’s note: The following is the second installment in a three-part series on prom season.
COLUMBIA CITY — Prom is more than formal dresses and tuxes. The venue, music and decorations are all part of the fanfare centering around high school proms.
For school prom committees, the details surrounding the event are what makes the experience even more memorable.
Melanie Bechtold, a teacher, is the queen of all things prom at Columbia City High School. This is her seventh year overseeing the event and she describes the night as “a memory-maker for students.”
For the past seven years, CCHS has opted to hold its prom off campus, relocating the festivities to the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne. Other Whitley County schools have followed suit.
Churubusco High School will hold its prom at the Fort Wayne Women’s Club and Whitko High School students will party at the Indiana Hotel, Fort Wayne.
Bechtold said holding the prom to the Grand Wayne Center offers some advantages that make the night’s event more convenient.
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