The Transylvania Times -

Lots Of Fun Is Had At After-Prom Lock In


May 29, 2009

Thanks to his good deeds and behavior, Randy Stroup was nominated and won the top prize at the lock-in. (Courtesy photo)

"I had a lot of fun and I am out of words to describe it," said David Moman, a Rosman High sophomore student.

Moman was one of 141 students that attend the Rosman High after prom lock-in this past Saturday night at the Brevard College gymnasium.

Rosman High sophomores, juniors and seniors were invited to attend the no cost event and bring a guest with them from another school.

Students from Brevard High and West Henderson were in attendance.

Moman said this was his first time attending the lock-in but it was definitely something he would do again.

"I just played dodge ball the whole time," said Moman.

He said to play dodge ball, which he was on the winning team, against your own principal, school resource officer and teachers made the whole evening worthwhile.

"I thought it would be fun but it was even better than what I expected," said Moman.

Another first time lock-in attendee, sophomore student Ryan Stroup, along with graduating seniors Cassie Green, Blakely Reid and Alaina Pangle, who attend the event for the third year, said the lock-in is an indescribable night of good fun, time with friends and a lot of laughing.

According to Reid, after you stay up all night, everything becomes funny.

"It's really just getting to spend time with everybody," said Reid.

"It probably also keeps people out of a lot of trouble."

Green said if it were not for the lock-in after prom life could be far more dangerous for some teens.

"It does keep a lot of people out of trouble that could have been or would have been doing other things," said Green.

The group said helping keep their friends and classmates safe, giving students a place to go for a good time after prom and having a chance to be with their friends all night was what led them to assist with raising money and prizes for the event.

They said it took a lot of personnel time, effort and their own gas money to collect prizes from over 80 contributors in Transylvania County and the surrounding area.

"If they wanted to donate it, we would take it," said Pangle.

"It takes a lot of work but it all pays off."

In the end, Reid said by knocking on doors and begging businesses that every student left with a bag of goodies, had a lot of food and won a prize.

According to Pangle, the prizes were the best part of the evening in her opinion.

"I got an awesome-rif-tastic pair of cowboy boots," said Pangle.

But Green said it wasn't the prizes but "watching Mr. Weaver [Rosman High principal] getting pounded in the face with a dodge ball."

Weaver said he thought he was hit by the ball more than anyone else, "but they might have been aiming for me."

"It was truly a great time," said Weaver.

"The biggest thing I appreciate is the safe haven for our students."

But Weaver said the one thing he thought was the best about the evening was the time for informal interaction between staff and law enforcement officers.

Sheriff David Mahoney, who was a chaperone at the event, said this was also one aspect he really thought was worthwhile.

"This not only ensures are students are same and are sober on prom night but gives us the opportunity to establish relationships with these young people that are important for years to come," said Mahoney.

Mahoney, who has attended the even for six years in a row, said although he is always sore from playing hours of dodge ball against a group of teenagers, every ache was worth it.

But Mahoney, Weaver, Stroup, Green, Reid and Pangle said despite their aches and pains, the best part of the evening or what prizes were given away, none of it would have been possible without their School Resource Officer Greg Stroup and Rosman High Teacher Julie Queen.

School Sponsors Greg Stroup and Julie Queen

Around eight years ago, said Greg, he and Queen helped sponsor and direct the first Rosman High lock-in.

The first lock-in had around 88 students and 15 chaperones.

"We kind of started this idea to continue the fun after prom," said Greg.

"We wanted them to have a safe and controlled environment… and allow parents to rest knowing their kids are having fun."

The lock-in now averages around 155 students and this year had 31 chaperones comprised of school staff, the Transylvania County Sheriff's Office and two parents.

"The 155 is close to half of our student body that attend this event," said Queen.

"It was really good this year."

But Queen said she is just really excited about the plans they have for the 10th anniversary of the lock-in.

In addition to having the children spend the whole night together, Queen and Greg said they have activities that run all night long.

There is a place to play dodge ball, basketball, room for only movies, game room and a place to play video games.

"And Mr. James Holms, the assistant principal, serenaded everybody on his guitar," said Greg.

In addition to the entertainment, students and chaperones drank over 20 cases of drinks, ate 40 pizzas, tons of snacks and 200 biscuits for breakfast.

"This was totally free to the kids, they just had to show up," said Greg.

According to Greg and Queen, this event is only held due to the generous donations of the community. Around $5,000 in monetary contributions and door prizes was raised to hold this year's lock-in.

Queen said, "Especially given the economic situation" the country was in, this really deserved a big thank you.

Part of the contributions came from individual businesses but also from the Transylvania Youth Association, an entity of the United Way.

"When people contribute to the United Way, it helps support events like this," said Queen.

Also, Greg said if Brevard College did not allow them the use of their facilities, the lock-in would probably have ceased to exist a long time ago.

There is just nowhere in Transylvania County that can hold that many people, said Greg.

"They deserve a special thank you for letting us use the facility," said Greg.

"All the folks involved with this thing give a lot of time and effort, but it is all for the kids."

Greg said he even heard students talking more about the lock-in than about the prom.

"There excited about the prom, but I think they are excited about the lock because they get to shift the gears after the prom, get out of their dress clothes and into their gym clothes," said Greg.

Others who contributed to the event included: U.S. Army, ARP/Phoenix, Asheville Tourists, Auto Zone, Back to Basics, Belks, Blue Ridge Auto & Tire in Hendersonville, Blue Ridge Bakery, Brevard Auto Parts, Brevard Spa & Salon, Camp Kahdalea, Carrabba's, Cardinal Drive-In, Carrington's, Charlie's Tire, Chilis, Cheddar's, Chick-fil-a, Comporium, Cielito Lindo, CVS, Deliliah, Dick's Sporting Goods, Dollywood, Downtown Chocolates, Earthshine Mountain Lodge, Ecusta Credit Union, Egolf Ford, Flick Video, French Broad Trailer Park, Gil Coan Insurance, Glamour Inc., Green Mountain Freight Co., Grovers, Hair 2 Dye 4, Harmony Korner, Headlines Salon, Headwaters Outfitters, Highland Books, Highlights, Hooper Insurance, IHOP, Ingles, Jerry T. Whitmire Grading, Jets Pizza, Jim Fortune, Julie's Subs, Kevin Harvick Incorporated, KiWi Gelato, Lonestar Steakhouse, Love's Jewelry, Mainstreet Limited, Marcum's, McNeely's, Merle Norman, More than Christmas, Nevaeh Salon, Our Country Store, Ohlsson, DDS, OP Taylor's, Pepsi, Pisgah Hairitage Salon, Richard Petty Museum, Riverside Pizza, Rockin Robin, Rosman High, Ruby Tuesdays, Sagebrush, Subway, Spud & Debs, The Tanning Company, Tom Raines Garage, Toxaway Grading Co., Tracie's Farm House, Transylvania County Youth Association, Wal-Mart and Zaxby's.


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