Lines of students preparing to make memories at their high school prom filed in and out of Al’s Tuxedo Shop and Bridal’s in El Centro Thursday, hours away from Saturday’s eve of youthful festivities.
The women, of course, seemed much more prepared than their counterparts as witnessed by the crowds seemingly made up mostly of young men waiting to get their last-minute formal wear.
“I’m nervous because it’s my first prom,” 17-year-old Imperial High School senior Omar Medina said as he waited to be called to pick up his tux.
“I’m excited because I know that it’s prom and graduation is almost here (but) it’s nerve-wracking,” he said.
“It’s a lot of fun, just spending time with friends and (making) good memories,” his classmate and friend, 18-year-old Eric Davis, said.
“I’m pretty nervous though: I can’t dance,” he said. “I gotta study up.”
Others were nervous for entirely different reasons.
“I’m nervous of my prom date getting mad because I’m dancing with other chicks,” 18-year-old Calexico senior Sergio Soto said.
Yet no matter how nervous — or cool — the young men’s body language showed on the outside, it will probably not compare to the excitement and nerves most of the young promenade-going women of Imperial, Calexico, and Holtville high schools will feel Saturday.
The youths agreed that the females take prom much more seriously than the males.
“We go all-out,” 17-year-old Calexico senior Vanessa Estrada said, adding that she bought her dress a month ago.
“It’s like the second-happiest day of our lives aside from our wedding day,” she said.
She said going to hair appointments, getting her makeup and nails done and accessorizing with the right jewelry down to the shoes and corsage will take her about four hours before the 6 p.m. prom deadline.
Despite the buildup to a night that might fly by in mere minutes, the teens knew the memories made Saturday will last.
“I wasn’t going to go but I didn’t want to look back five years from now and say, ‘Aw I missed out,’” Soto said.
“I’m just gonna go and make that night a good memory,” he said.
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