Underclassmen at the prom? It’s more likely than you think

It’s the day every hair salon makes huge amounts of money. It’s one of the many reasons why there is a men’s suits section in the local Boscov’s. It is the day everyone loves, but also the day everyone hates preparing for. It is … the prom.

Over the past couple of years, I have noticed many juniors and seniors buying tickets for underclassmen. I assume they are mostly buying for their dates, which I have no problem with because I can instantly connect point A to point B and deduce that they are a couple.

However, I have also witnessed those who are able to buy tickets (juniors and seniors) purchasing them for siblings, siblings’ friends, etc. Both proms at PAHS are geared toward the upperclassmen. Why do underclassmen still attend even though the dances are made specifically for the upperclassmen?

Juniors and seniors are given the privilege to attend the prom, so why do underclassmen have to ruin it by not staying in their lane and waiting their turn? I have a younger sister, and as soon as prom season came around, I heard one question come out of her mouth for a straight week: “Jared! Will you buy me a prom ticket?” Each time, I told her no. Because I waited my turn and respected the rules the school put in place, I was rewarded by being able to attend the prom last year and now this year.

Everyone knows that a teen living in Pennsylvania has to be 16 to test for his driver’s license. The anticipation that comes from waiting means that one can perfect his techniques and make sure he is fully capable to drive a vehicle.

The same can be said for the prom. The anticipation of waiting to go to the prom can give one time to practice his dance moves and build up more energy and excitement for the event.

One goes through different rites of passage in his life. Prom for the upperclassmen is definitely one of them. Underclassmen should not take this away from them. They will get their own chance to attend the prom when they reach the correct grade level.