Operation Snowball plans, hosts post-prom

by Chris Nush, Asst. A&E Editor

This year, Operation Snowball will host Post-Prom for the first time.

Prom will take place May 31 at the Lincolnshire Marriott.  Post-Prom will take place in the same room as the dance.

“There’s a stigma that things happen after prom that students might engage in at risk behavior, and it’s that mentality that it’s their last night being a high school student so they can do it and get away with it because it’s been done in the past, so we’re trying to get away from that,” Raymundo Galarza, Operation Snowball adviser, said.

The students in Operation Snowball came up with all the activities for Post-Prom, which include karaoke, Kinect video games and goodie bags.

“It feels great to know that you are making a difference,” Maria Castillo, senior and Operation Snowball director, said.  “I really wanted to impact people. My inspiration was Brittany Racky (‘12 graduate).  She was in Operation Snowball, and I could see how much she impacted me, and I wanted to do the same.”

Students came up with about 50 activities and narrowed it down to ten, which they presented to Dr. Lazaro Lopez, principal.

“I like to be able to make a difference in people’s lives, and I feel like Snowball is a good way to go about doing it,” Stephanie Rivo, senior, said. “I like the goal of Snowball, and I think Prom is actually a pretty solid target in order to prevent drugs and alcohol use because a lot of stuff happens.”

The theme of prom has not been announced and is being kept a secret, according to Kristen Chico, junior class board sponsor.

“Hey, this is prom; it’s meant to be fun.  Let’s engage in some great activities that you guys are gonna enjoy doing.  And, oh, by the way, you’re not doing them while using alcohol, drugs, or tobacco,” Mr. Galarza said.