RHS After-Prom Lock-In Is A Huge Success


June 3, 2019

“Are you serious? Someone really donated a Nintendo Switch? Wow!”

“How are you giving out the senior prizes this year?”

“Will you be on my 3-on-3 team? We’re going to beat everyone else!”

“I hope I win that kayak or the PS4!”

“You’re losing money if you’re not here!”

“I mean, why aren’t they here?”

This is just a little of what people might have heard in the lobby at Brevard College’s Boshamer Gymnasium as Rosman High School students checked in for the 18th annual After-Prom Lock-In.

This year’s prom was held at Brevard Lumberyard with a “Night at the Grammys” theme. Afterwards, 110 students and 22 faculty members, community members, and school resource officers attended the event at Brevard College. These numbers are impressive for a school with a student population of 310, and only 35 teachers.

“It was so awesome and fun to spend time with other students and teachers that I never even have time to talk with at school,” said sophomore Morgan Connor.

Teacher Katerina Canter said, “I think the lock-in is important, as it allows our students to have fun after prom safely. Although it is exhausting for all of us, the students have a lot of fun and enjoy the event. It’s worth staying up all night with them!”

The evening started with the whole group in the lobby for a few general prize drawings and the big senior drawings. This year, the big prizes were a smart TV, mini-fridge, two kayaks, laptop, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and a mini-projector.

“You get all this free stuff, like food and prizes!” said senior Canon Clark. Throughout the rest of the evening, every student received a prize ranging from gift cards for food, to gift bags full of goodies, to electronics such as speakers and high-end headsets.

In addition to the door prizes, everyone received a T-shirt provided by the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office. Chaperones joked all evening that students were getting paid to come to the lock-in and losing money by not attending.

“I don’t think most of the students realize how much work and time it takes to get all this together,” said juniors Grant Reese and Haleigh Ingle. “You have to find a wide array that will appeal to everyone. It’s not easy!”

“I helped sort and organize all those awesome door prizes and then I didn’t go. I’m totally kicking myself! I will be there next year!” said junior Bryanna Shelton.

It’s worth noting that every year over a dozen students attend from other schools.

“We know why,” said junior Madison Henson. “No one else in Western North Carolina puts on an event like our After-Prom Lock-In, and everyone wants to be part of it! This is the place to be after prom, each and every year.”

Although the door prizes are a big draw, they are just one way to achieve the goal of making students think twice about bad decisions.

This year, Julie Queen’s Character Education class also conducted a social media campaign in the weeks leading up to prom. Students created a hashtag and Instagram account to connect with students at other schools. They posted pictures and statistics about drunk driving, drug addiction and reminders about making good decisions. They plan to keep the account active through the year and plan to expand the campaign next year.

Between eating, playing sports, watching movies and talking, it’s amazing that anyone sleeps. However, a few students slept in the bleachers or in the middle of the hallway.

“How can the adults hang all night but the teens crash? Something is wrong with this picture!” laughed principal Jason Ormsby.

The event would not be possible without the backing of Sheriff David Mahoney, the Transylvania Youth Association, Principal Jason Ormsby and all of the RHS staff. Additionally, the night could not have been possible without the donations of Blue Ridge Bakery, Blue Ridge Community College, Brevard College Campus Life, Brevard Police Chief Phil Harris, BSN, Burlingame, Carolina Smiles, Charlie’s Tires, Dollywood, Downtown Chocolates, Ecusta Credit Union, Fraternal Order of Police — NC Lodge #14, French Broad Trailer Park, Headwaters Outfitters, Kris and Jackie Hovey, Jiffy Lube, Lake Toxaway Marina, M&B Industries, Meredith Baldridge — State Farm, New Code Insulation, Petit Properties, Inc., Riverside Pizza, Riverside Recovery Services, Rosman Athletic Boosters, Self Help Credit Union, Subway, Sunrise Cafe, Total Auto Repair and Service, TC Starzz, Toxaway Grading, Trent and Associates, Transylvania Youth Association, Water Oak Dental and Whitmire Grading.

Co-sponsors Officer Greg Stroup and Julie Queen estimate the value of all donations was over $5,000 this year, with over 90 percent coming from Transylvania County businesses, organizations, and individuals.

Queen said, “People ask how we can afford to put this event on. We don’t use any school funds; all money and door prizes come from community members and businesses.

The best part is when they call us and ask what we need without us even asking! This entire project cannot be a success without the people who believe in keeping kids safe.”

Stroup and Queen are working on plans for the next year.

“The many hours of planning and soliciting donations are well worth the time and energy needed for an event like this. If we’ve influenced one student to think twice before partying, then we’ve met our goal,” said Stroup.


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