Catalina Island News

Airport in the Sky Hosts 2014 Avalon High School Prom

Airport in the Sky

Avalon students enjoyed great food, music, dancing and a Fitzgerald-esque setting for their 2014 Great Gatsby-themed prom, which took place at the Airport in the Sky.

On Saturday, May 17th, a total of 71 couples participated in the traditional prom walk on the pier, promptly boarded four buses and two vans (courtesy of Discovery Tours/SCI Company, as well as the Catalina Island Conservancy) and headed toward the airport, which had been lavishly decorated to suit the excess and decadence portrayed by Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby (though in reality, the airport wasn’t completed until 1946). 

When the buses arrived at the airport, students were greeted with a Great Gatsby 2014 prom photo entrance, which led to a Hollywood star-studded hallway, where every student in the senior class of 2014 had his or her name printed on individual stars that they were allowed to keep at the end of the night.  A DVD tribute to the senior class was also shown throughout the night, which students were free to watch as they also danced the night away.

Students boarded the buses at around 11 p.m. and headed back to Avalon to the after party held at the Three Palms Arcade.  Students were provided snacks, tokens and several raffle prizes until 2 a.m.

The junior class sponsors, which include Lynda Muenzer, Dave Markowitz and Jake Bowker, would like to thank everyone who not only made this year’s prom possible, but a great success:  Suzy and Shane Sabicer, Yvonne Lichtenhan and the entire Airport in the Sky staff; The Santa Catalina Island Company, Eric Cederwall and all the bus drivers for transportation; The Catalina Island Conservancy, Lesly Lieberman, Andrew Hobbs, and Jorge O’Leary for added transportation; The Three Palms Arcade, Brenda and Steve Hoeffs, as well as the parents and Teen Center staff who helped make the after party possible; Wayne Herbst and Patti Engel for all the logistics; DJ Dithmar Rualo and all the chaperones; and last, but not least, Tony and Sherry Gonzalez, Pete Edwards, Katalina Vargas Edwards, Mary Schickling, Andrea Carstarphen, and all the parents who helped with every aspect of fundraising and setting up prom this year. 

By Jake Bowker