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2008 Senior Prom Provides Lessons for Aging Well

November 24, 2008

Senior Prom Composite Image  
Over 300 guests attended this year's Senior Prom.

The Meramec Alumni Association held their 5th   annual Senior    Prom on Saturday, November 1. Attendance by community mem-bers 55 and older was again over 300. This year’s theme was South Pacific, as represented by cafeteria decorations, live music and many of the guest’s attire, but the true theme  of this successful event, in which the Meramec Alumni Association and student volunteers “give back” to the community and celebrate the vitality and importance of the senior population, may more accurately be “the art of aging well.”
Many of the guests far surpass the required minimum age of 55, and yet their enthusiasm and joy could not have been more youthful that Saturday night. The lesson of celebrating life to its fullest was not lost on Meramec students who volunteered for the event. Meramec cheerleaders, baseball players, ambassadors and Student Activities Council members began the evening with an attitude of helpfulness but ended it by just “wanting to join the party.” Young and old came together on the dance floor and the gulf between generations magically melted away. Perhaps a picture is worth a thousand words--
Upper left: 2008 Prom Queen and King Sheila Watson and Theodor Stein smile for the paparazzi.
Upper right: Alumni Association President Suzette Johannsen, Vice President for Student Affairs Stephen Petersen and Community Relations Specialist Linda McGinnis pose for their prom photo.
Center: The cafeteria transformed to the South Pacific.
Lower left: Cheerleaders get a cha cha lesson from a talented senior.
Lower right: It’s not how old you are, apparently, but how you are old.
Our thanks to Darlene McGee, campus photographer, for her great work!