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The Night of Nights

By Samarth Jani

On June 9, New Hyde Park Memorial’s very own class of 2023 experienced one of the most anticipated events of senior year, the prom. It took place at the Garden City Hotel, and many people felt that it was the perfect venue to host such a memorable occasion. Even with the dangerous air quality from Canada’s ongoing wildfires, the seniors were determined to have the night of their lives.

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Seniors gather on the dance floor in celebration of their journey throughout high school.

When guests arrived, they were greeted by waiters serving small appetizers such as mozzarella sticks, chicken quesadillas and a display of many cheeses, crackers and vegetables. During cocktail hour, seniors were able to have professional photos of them taken in front of the shimmering backdrop. They were also able to take videos and strike a pose with their dates or friends on the 360-degree ring light booth, which seemed to be a big hit amongst the seniors.

“I’d been looking forward to prom for a while, so to see it turn out so well was amazing,” senior class president Brenda Bolouvi said. “The decorations, the photo booth and the atmosphere in general were fantastic, and I think it was really well executed.”

The night included a three-course dinner catered by the Garden City Hotel accompanied with plenty of music. Many found that dancing with their friends on the dance floor turned out to be one of the most enjoyable parts of the night. Some even went on to rave about the music selection chosen. As the night ended, there was a food truck waiting outside serving McDonald’s, Taco Bell and late-night snacks such as candy and chips.

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Students enjoyed their experience at senior prom and took advantage of the opportunities present at Garden City Hotel including the ambience, unique lighting and more.

Though this night was bittersweet for the class of 2023, as it was one of the final big events of their senior year in high school before they graduate, many found prom to be a memorable night to end their time at NHP Memorial.

“I loved prom, and I thought it was really fun,” senior Madeline Bansgopaul said. “It was great being able to celebrate the end of our high school years with my date and friends. Everyone looked so amazing too.”

“Prom was more fun than I thought it would be,” senior Abigail Varghese said. “The energy was amazing and everyone was having a good time and that positivity bounced off each other, resulting in a great night.”

“I was actually so stressed before prom, but it was so great,” senior Evelyn Joseph said. “It was so fun to dance with all my friends. The music was actually really good, but the food could’ve been better in my opinion. I’m kind of sad now that it has passed.”

“This prom will be something I will never forget,” senior Luke Jacob said. “It was genuinely so nice.”

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Seniors bustled into the venue as they chattered with their friends, dressed up in an array of fashionable dresses and suits.


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