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Jun 13, 2018 11:17 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bridgehampton School Student Government Preps For Prom

From left: Kwame Yirenkyi, a junior; Patricia Figueroa, a senior; Milo Youngerman, a senior; Autumn Street, a senior. COURTESY MIKE MILLER
Jun 13, 2018 11:37 AM

A smile crept across Autumn Street’s face as she worked to piece together a cardboard display inside the 230 Elm catering hall on Friday afternoon. It didn’t matter that the material was difficult to work with, or that the directions were seemingly of no help.

Prom was just one day away.

The cardboard display that the 18-year-old Bridgehampton High School senior was assembling would be the first thing her classmates saw on Saturday night when they arrived for prom. She built an arch, with a faux marquee reading “Bridgehampton School Presents Hollywood Nights,” that would stand several feet tall in front of the catering hall.

Autumn couldn’t wait.

“I’ve been trying [my dress] on throughout the week and practicing my makeup,” Autumn said. “It’s going to be red and sequin—I’m trying to go red for Hollywood.”

It was very much a DIY event. Leading up to prom, members of student government spent months conducting fundraisers and planning how they would decorate the venue for the big night. In the winter, the students sold $1 “candy cane-grams” to their classmates. The fundraiser was a hit, and they did a similar fundraiser—only this time with Easter eggs—in the spring.

The student government members also recalled spending afternoons walking around Bridgehampton Commons asking for donations so they could do a fundraiser raffle.

Together they raised nearly $1,000 for the prom.

A group of girls in the student government—juniors Paige Hoyt, 17, Autumn Coffey, 16, Jalisa Hopson, 16, and Aziza El, 16—joined Autumn inside 230 Elm the day before prom to set up. Claudia Patterson, a senior, is also part of the student government, and helped with fundraising, though she was not able to make it Friday night to set up. The 13 seniors at Bridgehampton School were joined at the prom by the rest of the underclassmen at the high school.

Together, the student government put together other cardboard displays and candy bowls for their peers to snack from during prom night.

Some of the cardboard displays were tricky to assemble. Paige and Autumn Coffey particularly struggled with a cardboard film reel.

“It’s very time consuming,” Paige said as she worked to bunch black fabric against the cardboard to represent film in the reel.

It took the students several hours to complete the setup, said John Reilly, a Bridgehampton social studies teacher and the student government adviser.

The hours put into perfecting the decorations for prom were all worth it for Autumn Street.

“I’m just so ready,” she said. “When it was months away, like, yeah you’re excited. But when it’s the next day, the excitement is just at an all time high.”

As it turned out, all of Autumn Street’s cheer for the big night was well rewarded. On Saturday evening, her peers agreed that she should be recognized for all of her hard work: Autumn Street was voted prom queen.

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