[April 29, 2013]
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HARTSBURG -- Saturday evening the juniors
and seniors of Hartsburg-Emden High School, along with family,
friends and guests, celebrated their annual prom with a pre-prom
march in the gymnasium.
The bleachers filled with parents and other
family members anxious to see their kids dressed in beautiful formal
wear. As the young men and women filled the floor of the gym,
the bleachers soon emptied as everyone went to search out their
special couples for pictures and, of course, hugs and kisses before
their big night.
the lights went down and each couple enjoyed their moment in the
spotlight, literally, as they descended from the high school stage
area to the gym floor.
After the prom-goers completed their march, the parents went back
home, and the young people moved over to the community center, where
they enjoyed a special evening.
For young people, the prom is a coming-of-age-type ritual. For parents, it signifies a departure from
childhood. While your kids will always be your kids, there
comes a time when mom and dad have to let go and admit, the kids are
no longer children.
Pictures by Jan Youngquist