The Jamesville-DeWitt High School Senior Class of 2015 and their dates had a blast at ball. This year, Ball was on Saturday, June 6 from 7 p.m. until midnight at the DoubleTree Hotel. The Strike-N-Spare Bowling Lane in Mattydale was open from midnight to 4 a.m. for Operation Graduation’s After Ball Party, which had a magician, bowling and a photo booth. “I just like the whole setting, like you get dinner and stuff, and then the after party is a lot of fun, too,” said senior Alyssa Robens. Junior Melissa Murphy said she liked the DoubleTree hotel because it was “fancy, (and) there was a lot more to do, and it was a better atmosphere to be in.”
There were mixed opinions on the food at Ball, but at the after party, everyone really enjoyed the food. “The food at the after party was fantastic, but the food at ball was like wedding food,” said sophomore Matt Cappelletti who went to ball with senior Gabby Kielbasinski. He went on to describe the “wedding food” as “eh.” On the other hand, sophomore Livvy Behan really enjoyed the chicken option at Ball. Robbens said that she heard the veggiterian option was “really gross” but her steak was “OD good.” “The food was awesome at the after ball party, but it got kind of cold,” said senior Ryan Durkin.
Robens said this year the music was a lot better than the music at last year’s junior prom. “We just danced the whole time,” said Robbens. Behan disagreed, saying the music was “awful” and boring. However, she did dance the whole time despite the music. Murphy said, “the music was kind of bad at ball but at the after party there was a good playlist going.”
Behan and Cappelletti both went as sophmores with seniors and were a little intimidated by the senior class. “I was slightly uncomfortable, because I didn’t know a lot of the people there and the other half I’m scared of,” said Behan. Agreeing with Behan, Cappelletti said, “I was a little intimidated at first to be honest, but once everyone started dancing I was like ‘just go for it’.”
Durkin said that everyone looked “pretty dapper.” Murphy agreed, saying that though there was a lot of black and white, some wore dresses with vibrant colors so it was a good variety (because) everyone had different dresses.” Many of the other students at ball agreed with Durkin. “I thought everyone looked really good,” said Robbens who wore a purple dress with lace. Behan borrowed J-DHS class of 2014 alumnus Jess Picone’s dress which was navy blue and had thick tank top straps.