By Bruce Karnick
The tickets were purchased, dresses ready, tuxes rented, dates chosen, venue set and grand march assembled, prom was upon Hastings. Hundreds of couples scattered around Hastings to get dressed all fancy, take pictures and make memories with friends and family.
Saturday afternoon, groups of teens descended on the high school at predetermined times to participate in the Grand March which made it’s return to the auditorium. The Grand March started off with an introduction from Junior Officers Emma McClay and Emma Hagen. The pair thanked the teachers that helped with the planning and execution of the prom. The introduction gave way to Ella Kimmen and Connor Larson performing the prom song, ‘Rewrite the Stars’ from The Greatest Showman.
The pair sounded amazing, and it was the perfect kickoff to a wonderful night for the kids. Right after the pair finished singing, the introduction of the couples began. The entire process lasted about one hour and 15 minutes. Couples drew cheers from family and friends and the entire event was captured by HCTV. Of course, the guys all looked handsome dressed up and the ladies were stunning. Many of the dresses drawing oohs and aahs from the crowd.
Couples left the school for their dinner reservations then headed to the Radisson Blu at the Mall of America for the dance.