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Sold out: Upperclassmen unable to attend Pinecrest High School prom

Posted April 19, 2016
Updated April 20, 2016

— For the second time in the last three years, there is an issue involving the Pinecrest High School prom in Moore County.

Two years ago, students were turned away due to a strict dress code policy, and this year, students are being told prom is sold out.

Kylee Sparks, a senior at Pinecrest High, said she bought a dress for the dance, but tickets sold out on Monday.

"I feel like seniors should have the priority to go," she said. "It should be a given that seniors get to go."

Dyan Turello bought a ticket for his senior date, but he waited too long to get one for himself.

"Prom is just a big deal right now, especially since I am taking a senior," he said. "I want it to be like her best memory kind of thing."

The high school has more than 1,000 junior and senior students, but the prom is being held at the Fair Barn, a venue that can accommodate only 600 people with tables and chairs.

Pinecrest High Principal Bob Christina said the venue, near the Pinehurst resort, is the largest facility in Moore County that would allow him to book the prom.

"In the fairness of safety, and in the fairness of the fact that we only have one facility that is willing to take us, the fire marshal said we can only have so many people. Therefore, we can only sell so many tickets," Christina said.

In total, about 40 juniors and seniors have been turned away, including Sparks, who is not giving up hope that she will get to attend the event.

"My mom, she is pretty upset because my sisters were all able to go to both proms. I never had that experience," Sparks said.

Christina said he is already looking for new options for next year's prom. He said the prom may be held in the school gym.


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  • George Herbert Apr 20, 2016
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    When did the tickets go on sale? How long did these students have to buy them before they sold out? It seems like the ones who made it a priority to go bought their tickets on time.

  • Lance Boyle Apr 20, 2016
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    MONE - you may want to call the school and make that suggestion.

  • Mone Richards Apr 20, 2016
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    Can they get rid of some of the tables and chairs to accommodate more people? It's a prom...they should be dancing not sitting!

  • Lee Howell Apr 20, 2016
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    I agree that seniors should have priority when a venue is booked that cannot accommodate the entire junior/senior class. With that said, I am ASSUMING that the limited occupancy of the venue was explained to the students and therefore they themselves should have taken initiative to get their tickets as early as possible.
    I agree with other posters though. If they gym is large enough to hold the prom without having to turn people away then that is where it should be held, not some place that can only hold roughly 60% of the people eligible to attend.

  • Patty MacRae Apr 20, 2016
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    a blast from the past (when I went to high school)-- a Junior Prom, and a Senior prom- is it that difficult to figure out? Sadly too late to make a change this year unless as a previous poster mentioned, move it to the gym.

  • Trisha Davis Apr 20, 2016
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    It all comes down to poor management. Thank your adult school officials and their college degrees for that, juniors and seniors! They get the last say so in the planning. Common high school sense tells you that you need a place big enough to accommodate EVERYONE regardless of whether everyone plans on attending.

  • Stacie Hagwood Apr 20, 2016
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    So WHY isn't the prom held in the gym this year, if the gym can accommodate it? Plenty of proms are in gymnasiums and it isn't a big deal. Is it more important to have it in a fancy place and shut people out, or to be able to allow all who are eligible to attend? (Bet it would be a lot less expensive, too.)