Students find prom well worth the price


Parker English

Students eagerly await their turn to purchase tickets for prom in the quad.

Parker English, Staff Writer

Prom season is a time many juniors and seniors look forward to, and for very valid reasons.

The night consists of an amazing time at an extravagant venue with friends, dancing, food, and so much more.

Tickets are being sold at Carlmont throughout a 12-day period. Sales began on April 16, the only day where prices were as low as $85. From then until April 27, prices will creep up in increments of five, ultimately reaching $100.

This price might initially seem very high, however, many students believe that prom is well worth the cost.

I believe that we’re definitely getting what we’re paying for. Carlmont is renting out part of a huge, important building, furnishing the place with loads of decorations, and providing a huge variety of snacks and drinks,” said Andrew Luna, a senior.

Carlmont’s ASB is in charge of the event and all of the financial aspects. The group is also in charge of deciding the ticket prices for Carlmont students, trying to find a balance that would benefit as many students as possible.

“It’s a difficult situation because we want more people to come, but ASB also wants to put on a good prom. I think ASB finds a good medium by offering a range of prices, while also providing financial aid for those who really need it,” said Maddy Palarca-Wong, a junior.

I believe that we’re definitely getting what we’re paying for.

— Andrew Luna

A major detail in a successful prom is its location. Every year, a group of ASB members visits various locations to determine the perfect fit under the instruction of the head of ASB, Jim Kelly.

“The ASB Dance Commission spends a great deal of time touring prom venues and vendors as part of the process to determine the price of tickets,” Kelly said.

The accumulated money from ticket prices is used to pay for the prom and the prom alone. There is never a plan to save extra money, and even if there was, it is prevented by law.

“We always aim to break even with the sales of all three of our dances. California State Education Code mandates that ASB’s cannot budget to make a profit. We earn enough to pay for the event,” Kelly said.

The Carlmont prom will take place at San Francisco City Hall from 8 p.m. to midnight, on Friday, April 27.