“Senior” Prom

James Savage dances first with Troy High junior Gracie Malotke and then with his wife Betty. “I taught him to dance,” Betty said. Asked if he’s a good dancer, Betty replied, “He is now!” (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

“I love it because we never got to go to the senior prom together,” said Fran Walden, dancing with her husband. “So now, after 52 years of marriage, we get to!”

They weren’t alone.

Ron and Barbara Luginbill gracefully flow across the gym floor. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

“I never went to my prom,” said Barbara Luginbill. “So this is it. My husband feels sad because he didn’t get me a flower. I almost went and picked a tulip from my yard.”

“She’s making this all up as we go, ya know,” replied husband Ron. Except for the prom part.

Those deficits from yesteryear were made up in the Auxiliary Gym at Troy High on Tuesday night.

A Study in Contrasts 1. Nancy Wantuck and Jim Murri hit the floor while a selfie takes place in the background.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

“It’s about bringing people together, senior citizens down to our students,” explained Assistant Principal Brian Zawislak over the sounds of a big band. “They’re sharing culture with each other and having a good time through music and dance.”

“I love it so much; the music, seeing so many different types of dances is so fun,” said junior Delayne Richie.

“It’s nice to see everybody having a good time,” agreed 11th-grader Mackenzie Patten.

Robert and Diane Adamek enjoy the evening. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

Students mixed with seniors, swapping dance partners and having a great time.

“A bunch of kids and senior citizens all come together and we get to spend a really nice night,” said junior Gracie Malotke. “I love it; it’s my favorite night.”

“It makes me feel young again,” said James Savage. “It’s the highlight of the year, really. The kids love the music; we love the music.”

Rich and Fran Walden cut the rug, er, gym floor. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

There was lots of energy.

“Oh, it’s wonderful,” said Rich Walden. “We’ve come for the past three years. We enjoy it very much, the energy from the kids. It makes us feel young again.”

Betty Savage dances with Tyler Bouque. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

“There are a lot students here from the spring musical. This seems like a really great thing to do, the senior citizens having a night to go out and have fun,” said senior Melissa Smith.

Students and chaperones danced with parents and grandparents.

“This is my fourth year and I’ve been trying to convince my grandparents to come,” said student Raagini Chandra. “Finally my senior year, I dragged them out here. Success! It’s been four years in the making.”

No wallflowers, Greg Knas and Jay Wesch wait to go back up and play in the Tommy James orchestra. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

“It’s a pretty good night,” said Dr. Ireneo Orille, dancing with his daughter.

As the sun set on a beautiful evening, a few students congregated outside.

“It  was a lot of fun. We got to see a lot of cute couples dancing around,” said junior Susan Wong.

“It was adorable. I love watching them all dance; they’re so good,” concluded junior Jess Ebel.

A Study in Contrasts 2. At the flowered entrance arch, seniors and students strike differing poses. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)