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2014 Somerset Prom King John Amundson and Queen Kaitlin Croes. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)

Somerset goes “Great Gatsby” at prom

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Somerset High School celebrated its annual prom on Saturday, April 26, with “The Great Gatsby” as its theme.

Juniors Kaitlin Croes and John Amundson were crowned 2014 Prom Queen and King at the Promenade at Somerset High School.

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After the Promenade, students were bussed to Stillwater, where they boarded the St. Croix River Boat & Packet Co.’s boat named Empress for the dinner and dance. At the end of the dance, students were taken to The Centre in New Richmond for their post-prom party.

Post-prom committee member Kimberly Wiederin, who has a son who is a junior this year, said the post prom party has been a mainstay in Somerset for 15-plus years.

“We feel that that’s a night that really warrants safety and peace of mind for the parents,” Wiederin said.

The post-prom party is an all-night alcohol- and drug-free event that prom attendees can go to in addition to the prom. Wiederin said more than 180 students participated this year. They had a casino night, a water volleyball tournament, a cash machine, swimming, obstacle courses, food and other activities.

The idea is to keep students safe, alcohol- and drug-free, and not driving on a night that potentially could give way to unsafe activities.

“The neat thing about this is the parents, board members, staff and community members that volunteer and just want to be there for the kids,” Wiederin said. “We had 55 volunteers, some of whom don’t even have kids attending school. We also had over 113 businesses from our community and surrounding communities donate to make this event possible.”

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Sarah Young
Sarah Young joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News. She covers primarily Hammond, Roberts and Somerset. Previously she free-lanced for the River Falls Journal, Hudson Star-Observer, RiverTown special publications and the Superior Catholic Herald. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. Before working at the New Richmond News, she was an assistant manager at Philander's Grill & Bar in Prescott. She lives in Prescott with her husband Mike and daughter Carolina.  
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