Prom hailed as a success

The annual Grand March and prom both went off without a hitch Saturday as Fort Frances High School senior students celebrated their upcoming graduation.
“It was really, really good. I was impressed,” said Shannon Produniuk, the Fort High teacher who took over organizing the event after the retirement of Anna Pierroz last year.
“Last year we worked on it together. This was my first year doing it by myself,” Produniuk noted.
Pierroz had been involved with prom at Fort High for nearly 30 years.
Despite the responsibility, Produniuk said she was not as nervous as she expected to be.
“It wasn’t that bad,” she remarked. “I like this stuff.”
The Townshend Theatre was decorated with an Eiffel Tower, a fountain, a park bench, and street lamps to make it look like a Paris park.
After walking through the theatre, the couples walked through an archway of balloons into the school cafeteria.
Both the theatre and cafeteria were packed with family and friends of the 180 students who attended.
The decorations took about five hours to put up on Friday, Produniuk noted, with help from her prom committee of 20 students.
It took another five hours to decorate the upstairs ballroom at La Place Rendez-Vous, where the students later went for their dinner and dance.
The students were grateful for all the hard work.
“They actually gave me hugs when they left, they were so appreciative,” Produniuk said.
Graduation takes place June 21.