Fun at “Prom party” for the first time as an ICES Exchange Student!
Giving students a feel like being in a modern fairytale, Prom or a promenade dance is a dance party for high school students at the end of the school year allowing those from 11th (junior) to 12th (senior) grades to join.
Prom activities vary across the United States, but most traditions involve dates, prom dresses, dinner, and dancing; and what you might know, if you are an ICES’s student, chance to be in your own fairytale is in front of you!
At prom, they have a prom king and prom queen. These are honorary titles awarded to students elected in a school-wide vote prior to the prom. The prom king and prom queen are given crowns to wear. It is actually fun and exhilarating.
For the first time with their high school friends in the U.S, ICES Generation 2 students were extremely excited to be part of this party.
Chamroeun Amra, attending Oklahoma’s Foyil High School said “It was really fun. I’m glad I got to have fun with my friends, take lots of photos, and dance.”
The beginning of prom night usually starts with group photos before dinner. Then, students have their meals at an event center or banquet hall or they make dinner plans with their dates or a small group and make reservations at a fancy restaurant. During dinner, they have fun dancing and waiting for the announcements of the Prom King and Prom Queen.
Studying at Fennimore Community Schools, ICES student Rathreacheany Samath, shared about renting a party bus to go to a nearby city called Dubuque with her friends to take pictures and eat dinner. After that, they came back to school and went to prom held in the school’s gym. She added, “We danced until 9:00 PM, paused so that they could announce the Prom Court, Prom Queen, and King, and then continued dancing until 11:00 PM. Afterward, we went to post-prom, played games, won prizes, and watched a guy hypnotize our schoolmates. It was an amazing experience.”
Meanwhile, the other two ICES Cambodia students, Chealeang Ear and Sonalen Saing also expressed their excitement about the prom party.
Chealeang shared, “We had a rainstorm and tornado just before prom so we waited out at the restaurant until it was safe to go out. I went to prom as a group, a diverse one, with friends from all over the world I represent Cambodia, Beatriz from Brazil, Mats from the Netherlands, Silje from Denmark, and Brecklyn from U.S.”.
Along with Chealeang, Sonalen Saing, studying at Santa Fe High School also talked about her experience, “I went to prom at my friend’s school. We took pictures, ate dinner, and went to the actual party where we sang along to songs and socialized with the people from his school. There was a firework show and it was really pretty. Then, we got McDonalds and unboxed our prom gift bag and came back home.”
Prom is an important tradition for high school students in the U.S. It brings them together and present them with amazing memories of high school that they will carry for the rest of their lives. This is a chance for them to take pictures together, have fun and celebrate the accomplishment of their high school year.
Celebrating special and exhilarating event of a foreign country can be the most enjoyable experiences of the High School Exchange Program, but there are many more promises in the once-in-a-lifetime adventure. So, what are you waiting for? Join the exchange program with ICES Cambodia right now! Remember, you are only young once!
To be eligible, you must pass the English Proficiency Test provided by ICES Cambodia and have a good academic record (Average “C” in main subjects for the past 3 years). Register now to take the English Test on 7th May 2022 via: https://forms.gle/kssVi53beRzEQYmY6.