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Teens Say Prom Night Is Expensive, But Worth It

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FAYETTEVILLE — Like hundreds of high school students in the area, Westover studentNina Alsbrooks is getting ready for one of the biggest events of the high schoolyear: her prom.

Alsbrooks has been looking forward to her senior prom ever since lastSeptember. But getting ready for the big day is no small expense.

"This is my senior prom," she says. "This is important. I'm supposed togo all out [for] my senior prom. I'll always remember this. I want to looklike a Princess."

But that comes with a high price.

A prom is not a prom without a fancy upsweep hair-do. That costs$50.00. But there is more.

"The dress and the shoes cost close to $200.00," says Alsbrook.

"The jewelry and the makeup...maybe [about] $250.00. Plus the toes andthe nails, probably $300.00. So we're looking at a good $350.00 dollarsfor everything."

Most students only wear their prom dresses once. Nina's dress and shoesfrom last year cost about $150.00. They still look new.

"There's only one senior prom. This is it, and I want to make the best ofit," she says.

Nina's date, Marvin, spent considerably less.

"This is it right here," he says, holding up a suit. "I paid $81.00 for the wholething."

Add in a haircut and a pair of shoes, and Marvin paid a grand total of$120.00, just a third of what Nina spent. But both students agree: for anight that only comes once in a lifetime, it is worth it.

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Shani Blount, Reporter
David McCorkle, Photographer
Julian King, Web Editor

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