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Goretti students make prom promise

May 12, 2013
  • Members of the prom committee and "victims" of drunken driving accidents pose with the Prom Promise pledge. Top row, from left, Carrie Dougher, Taylor James and Morgan Ferguson. Bottom row, "victims" Patrick Jones, Matt Tylicki, Wintha Fessuh and Stacey Dougher.
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Members  of St. Maria Goretti High School’s junior class presented the annual Prom Promise to the school community on April 19 at the school.

The program is designed to provide a wake-up call about drinking and driving to the entire student body. The presentation was delivered the day before Goretti’s prom.

The theme of this year’s Prom Promise was inspired by a grim statistic stating that every 15 minutes, someone dies in a car accident involving a drunken driver. Using that theme as a platform, junior class member and prom chair Taylor James, (along with the school’s prom committee), arranged for a “grim reaper” to enter classrooms and search hallways every 15 minutes to bestow a black T-shirt (symbolizing death) on previously appointed students who were in the know.

From that point on, the student was silent and by the end of the day, 15 students had “perished” in drunken driving accidents.

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During the community gathering in the school’s Gael Gymnasium that afternoon, the classmates who had been silenced were given a chance to say their final goodbyes. Finally, all students attending this year’s prom signed a Prom Promise pledge, promising not to do anything on the night of the prom that would affect their life in a negative way.

“We wanted to capture the emotional and grave significance of this terrible statistic on the eve of our own prom,” James said. “We go out of our way to bring the real emotions and seriousness of this issue home.

It’s important to make an impact. We want to protect the family we have here.”

Goretti’s prom was held April 20 at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown.

St. Maria Goretti High School is a Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory institution off Oak Hill Avenue in Hagerstown. 

For more information, go to www.goretti.org.

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