Perhaps the most elegant night of a teenager’s life is Prom Night. It’s a time for dressing up and partying down.
Wouldn’t it make sense, then, for an event designed to raise money to pay for prom be a fun evening?
It made sense to Maryville High School four years ago, and the Black and White Ball is still making sense -- and dollars -- to students and staff alike.
The Black and White Ball is an evening of food, music and getting a preview of how your normally blue-jeaned, sweat-pants friends look when they get all dressed up. The money raised goes to help off-set the cost of prom for the high school prom committee and the school.
The event began four years ago, explained MHS teacher Chip Fuller. The prom committee was looking for a way to raise money for prom and thought, “Let’s try a December dance.”
A few over 300 students showed up the first year. It grew to 500 the next year. Last year, 700. This year, 800 students had purchased their $15 tickets to the Black and White Ball when the Hilton ballroom opened the doors for the party on Dec. 20.
Food was served poolside and Davis Sound from Murlin’s Music World kept the beat pumping inside the ballroom.
Maryville High School is Blount Today’s Adopt-a-School, so publisher Sherri Gardner Howell joined the students to take some pictures for the paper. On the cover are Elizabeth Russell, Calvin Constable, Alyssa Shelton and Carrie Allmon.