Plans for Buffalo Thunder prom are still on track

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By Tris DeRoma

Prom organizers were greeted with cheers and applause from the Los Alamos High School’s senior class Wednesday as the high school’s junior class, the class that’s sponsoring the prom, filled them in on their plans to host their plans at Buffalo Thunder Resort.
The ticket prices will be $50, which includes a three-course meal and the dance. The minimum financial commitment is $6,000, which equals a minimum of 120 participants.
According to Lisa Montoya, chief financial officer for Los Alamos Public Schools, Buffalo Thunder has committed to a maximum of 500 prom attendees. Historically, average prom attendance has been between 320 to 370 persons, according to administration officials.
Prom organizers have until March 1 to meet the minimum financial requirement to reserve the venue. According to the school administration, the students have been busy raising the funds needed to make their plan work.
Reports are the school’s annual ’Topper Revue has been very successful.
For those interested in attending, performances are 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Monday.
Also, Buffalo Thunder Resort Event Organizer Peter Lovato has offered prom organizers the use of its shuttles to and from the prom.
According to the administration officials, the only condition for shuttle usage is that parents must be at the shuttles to sign them on and off. Pick-up and drop-off points haven’t been determined, but will likely be somewhere on LAHS property, administration officials said.
Soon, parents who are interested in having a tour of exactly where students will be attending their prom at Buffalo Thunder will have a chance to do so.
School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie said at a recent discussion about the prom between administration officials and the Los Alamos Monitor that she’s satisfied with the direction the prom plans are going and that there shouldn’t be anything to worry about.
“We are all moving forward and the prom is going to be excellent,” she said.