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First Ever Silver Prom a Smash Hit for Excelsior Springs Seniors

Dancin' the afternoon away at the Excelsior Springs Silver Prom (photos S Jason Cole).

The Excelsior Springs High School Commons transformed into a nostalgic wonderland on Saturday, May 4th, as over 100 seniors gathered for the town’s first-ever Silver Prom, an afternoon of celebration designed specifically for guests 60 and older. Organized by neighborhood specialist Laura Mize with the help of her committee and the Excelsior Springs High School Student Council, the event proved to be a resounding success, with attendees dancing the day away to classic tunes and reveling in the company of peers.

The Bucket Band delivered spot-on covers of hits from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s and kept the dance floor packed, with attendees leaving their chairs to boogie to their favorite songs. The afternoon wasn’t just about music; delicious finger foods provided by the Job Corps culinary arts program kept guests fueled, and door prizes added to the excitement.

Carol Teegarden, Robbie Farabee, Barbara Cashatt, Gary Evert, Lori Jo Jenson, Dave Eilenbry, Jeanine Ansel, and Mike Miller represented the Silver Prom Court.
Photographer Jade WIlliams volunteered her time to capture memories at the photo booth.
Silver Prom Committee from left to right, Francesca Crosby, Laura Mize, Brian Rice, Deborah Workman, Sheila Gatlin, and Mikala Pennington (not pictured Jeff Barge).
Members of ESHS Student Council helped decorate and market the event. From left to right, Grayson Grove, Reese O'Dell, Addi Rubey, Kaylee Wilmes, Lundyn Smith, Madi Lefebvre, Madeline Andresean, Regan Bishop, and Khloe Lee
Event organizer, Laura Mize said she hopes to make the SIlver Prom an annual event.

A highlight of the event was the crowning of Prom Kings and Queens, representing three decades: the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Carol Teegarden claimed the Golden Queen crown for the 50s, while Robbie Farabee received the Golden King title as a special recognition, given the absence of other nominees. The Silver King and Queen of the 60s were Gary Evert and Barbara Cashatt, while Dave Eilenbry and Lori Jo Jenson took home the Bronze King and Queen titles for the 70s. Mike Miller and Jeanine Ansel were also recognized for their impeccable style, receiving the Best Dressed Gentleman and Lady awards.

The Silver Prom wasn’t just a dance; it was a celebration of community, a chance for seniors to reminisce about their youth and create new memories in a welcoming atmosphere. The hard work of the organizers and the collaborative spirit between the Community Development Office, the Excelsior Springs High School Student Council, and the Excelsior Springs community at large led to an overwhelming success. With over 100 participants and a lively atmosphere, the 2024 Silver Prom has set the bar for future events.

A tender moment as seniors enjoy a slow dance at the Excelsior Springs Silver Prom.

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