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Hun School Puts on "Senior Prom" for Senior Citizens at Brandywine

Hun School students (L to R) Ray Bodnar '20, Lexi Rudek '20, and Ryan Kasper'19 pose with resident Margaret Tagliavia at the prom's photo booth.

Befitting Oscars weekend, The Hun School of Princeton's Community Service Club put on a Hollywood-themed senior prom on Friday, February 24th at Brandywine Senior Living of Princeton. Hun students pulled out all of the stops to treat their guests to a lavish affair.


More than fifty Hun School students took part in the planning and production of the event. It included a special dinner, classic Hollywood decorations, a photo booth, and performances from The Hun School Jazz Combo and a cappella group. Tables were decorated with pictures from classic movies – from Hitchcock's Rear Window to It's a Wonderful Life.


The Senior Prom is the Community Service Club's newest event. They do many others throughout the year, including a dance for disabled adults (upcoming on April 8), twice-monthly student volunteering at the soup kitchen at Loaves and Fishes in downtown Trenton, twice yearly blood drives, and many smaller events.


"The kids wanted to create a special evening for senior citizens, who may no longer be able to get out very easily," said Hun School history teacher and Director of Service Learning Lynn McNulty. "The officers of the club -- Helena Hemberger, '17, Laura McBryan '18, Emily DeGeorge '18, Ryan Joseph '18, and Julia Revock '18 –  really get things done. They are the backbone of our organization."


At the prom, the residents reminisced about their high school years and expressed gratitude for the event.


"I didn't go to my high school prom; my father was ill and we couldn't afford it," recalled Brandywine resident Carmela Mauro, 89, who grew up in Brooklyn. Though she had seen her daughters off to their proms, she was happy finally to be at one herself. Nearby, Annette Hochstadt, 90, swayed happily to the big band music.


"I love the music, I love the whole thing," said Ms. Hochstadt, a retired teacher from nearby South Brunswick. There were even a prom king and queen – Chester Parkes and Rhoda Kressler— who obligingly posed in their crowns.


Hun student Noah Levinsky '17, a trumpeter in the jazz combo, said the group learned and practiced big-band tunes, such as Frank Sinatra's Falling in Love with Love, for the event. The effort was worth it. "It was a lot of fun seeing everyone's faces light up," he said, smiling himself.

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