How-to: prom on a budget

Fourth quarter has started for CHS, and if that weren’t stressful enough, another important event is coming up: Carrboro’s prom. Prom can put a lot of pressure on students, especially in regards to expenses.

Many students don’t consider prom an option because of its notoriously high cost. There are students who can’t afford a new outfit, new shoes, hair and makeup, accessories and dinner reservations for just one night of fun, and there are others who simply don’t want to spend an obscene amount of money on a school dance.

However, I’m here to tell you that there are ways to save money and still feel glamorous on prom night.

One way to save is through Cinderella’s Closet, a national program that provides donated dresses and accessories to girls who otherwise couldn’t attend prom. Christ United Methodist Church in Southern Village hosts the Cinderella’s Closet for students in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, and it’s open to anyone. Similarly, borrowing a friend’s or older sibling’s dress or tux is an easy way to lower your prom expenses.

Many thrift stores also have unique options for dresses and men’s formal wear, and you’re more likely to find something vintage if that’s more your style. You can also find shoes there, as well as handbags, ties and bowties. Department stores or online shops will often have sales on prom outfits, although it might take some searching to find them.

Boutonnieres and corsages are another added cost for students. Local flower shops can give you nice varieties, but regular grocery stores such as Harris Teeter or Food Lion can also have cheaper options. Or, make your own out of flowers from a garden or local market. There are thousands of DIY tutorials online for this. Another idea is to just forgo the flowers altogether! You can still have a fun time at prom without flowers on your wrist or lapel.

Many students worry about how to style their hair and makeup for prom, but that’s an easy fix. Some opt to get both done by a professional, but there are less expensive solutions, including your own family! Have an older sibling or a parent help you with hair and makeup, or even ask a friend if they’ll do it for you. There’s no need to worry about looking good and saving money, because you can do both!

Finally, there’s the issue of food. Countless plans detailing dinner reservations, the amount of people in a group, who will pay, etc., can be frustrating and overwhelming. But, of course, there are simple solutions. First of all, going with a larger group of friends could mean you split the cost of dinner and save money overall. If that’s not your vibe, you can choose to go to a cheaper restaurant–who says you need to have a five-course, five-star meal before prom? Hit up Wendy’s, Chick-fil-a, Elmo’s or another more casual restaurant for an affordable meal. Besides, prom will have snacks and drinks, as well as plenty of dancing, so you probably won’t want to fill up anyways.

Although prom can be expensive, it doesn’t have to be! There are plenty of ways to make it low-cost and still have fun. This year, CHS prom will take place on Saturday, April 21, at the Governor’s Club. You can buy tickets online or at lunch, and there are scholarships available for them, covered by the PTA.


Mock Crash shows dangers of impaired driving

On Thursday, April 12, upperclassmen spent their third and fourth periods watching a simulation of an impaired driving accident.  Participating in the mock crash were several fellow classmates who played the role of victims, injured or dead, and first responders.

Included below are photos from the event. An in-depth story will be available tomorrow.

Students gathered on the field near the courtyard in anticipation.


The vehicle used in the simulation is from an actual impaired driving accident.


First responders arrived at the scene and tended to the actors’ injuries.


Of those involved in the crash, there were two fatalities and numerous injuries.

Photos by Gaby Alfieri

Student Athletes Commit to College

On Wednesday, April 11 three seniors committed to continue their careers as student athletes at the collegiate level. Gabby Addams will play soccer at Carlow University, Quincy Monday will wrestle at Princeton University and Penny Newall will play volleyball at Bryn Mawr College.

All three students were captains this year on their respective sports teams.

Gabby Addams is an Iron Jag, meaning that she participates in at least three sports a year. Addams plays soccer and basketball, runs track and is a cheerleader. She also started a club called Kickin’ it Back, which raises money for disadvantaged soccer programs.

Addams will be missed by her temmates next year.

“She’s been a key for two of our championships so far,” said women’s soccer assistant coach Catherine Duncan during the ceremony.

Quincey Monday is a four-time State Champion in wrestling: twice in Texas, once in Oklahoma and once in North Carolina. He was a member of Carrboro’s first ever State Champion wrestling team last year.

Monday has wrestled a several schools, but Carrboro has a place in his heart.

“I’ve only been here for two years, but I’m glad I got to end here at Carrboro,” said Monday.

Penny Newall coaches a CHAVC club volleyball team in her spare time. She also volunteer with the Unified Volleyball program.

Newall’s coaches and temmates alike admire her dedication to and passion for the sport.

“Every day she comes to practice she’s focused, she’s intense, she’s looking to improve,” said head volleyball coach Steve Scanga.

Addams, Monday and Newall eached thanked their families, coaches and teammates for their support over the past four years

The Jagwire wishes all the athletes success in college.

Photo by Niya Fearrington.