Your Times to
Remember Prom is about creating a lasting
memory through expressing
responsibility, invoking maturity and
setting examples for all of your peers
rom is a night to remember, or so they say. So why
wouldn’t you want to remember it to the best of your
ability? You spend so much time in preparation for this
one event, from dresses to tuxes, from ﬂowers to limos,
to every other task necessary to create the perfect night.
I can’t imagine not being able to recall what I did on my prom night.
Prom is the night everyone looks forward to and has for gener-
ations. When you’re talking to your parents or grandparents and
ask them about their high school experience, most likely, prom will
come up. It’s a night of celebration, friends, good food, fun danc-
ing, and lots and lots of pictures.
But picture this: it’s your prom night, and you’re going to an
after-prom party. You’re really not sure who’s there, you haven’t ex-
actly ﬁgured out a way home yet, and your parents don’t know where
you are, but that’s okay, right? You just want to have some fun.
How much is “some fun” worth though? If you don’t know the
people, how do you know you can trust them? What if there was
confusion about who was the designated driver, and all of a sud-
den, everyone was too drunk to drive? What would you do?
I understand how difﬁcult it is to think of these situations. A lot
of the time, it’s easy to say “that will never happen to me.” Unfor-
tunately, the reality is, it really could. Of course, the outcome might
not be that extreme—you may not die, but a car crash is still pos-
sible, or jail time could even happen.
Sometimes people argue that prom is just one night, and think-
ing about these things brings down the fun of the night. Yes, it is
just one night, and these are serious thoughts to have, but they’re
important. It is entirely possible to still have fun while you’re sober!
As a representative for SADD (Students Against Destructive De-
cisions), an organization that promotes safe choices by teens, I can
assure you that students all across the United States are having tons
of fun without alcohol or drugs.
On a wonderful night such as this one, remember to think of
the big picture. One day, you’re going to want to share happy mem-
ories from your prom night. So, choose wisely. Perhaps you could
do something different after prom instead of the typical after-
prom party. You could go out for food after, go bowling, go to the
movies, or even just hang out with friends and have a movie night
at one of your houses. These are the moments to remember.
Prom time signiﬁes that you’re getting older, and getting older
means taking on more responsibility for yourself. That’s just it—
you get to make your own decisions. I encourage you to think
about how to make smart, healthy decisions this prom season, but
be sure to have lots of fun doing so! Ⅺ
P DEANNA BOUCHER
National Student of the Year
OF THE YEAR
A freshman at Marywood
University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Deanna Boucher of Lowell, Massachu-
setts, serves as the youth spokesperson for SADD (Students Against Destruc-
tive Decisions), the nation’s leading peer-to-peer youth prevention, education,
and activism organization.
As SADD National Student of the Year, Deanna holds a seat on
the SADD National Board of Directors and chairs the 10-member
SADD National Student Leadership Council. She also serves as a
SADD spokesperson at various conferences, media events, and pub-
lic occasions. This selection makes Deanna eligible for an internship
at the National Highway Trafﬁc Safety Administration (NHTSA) in
Washington, D.C., during the summer of 2012.
A 2011 graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro,
Massachusetts, Deanna was active in SADD throughout high school,
having served as both secretary and co-president of her local chap-
ter. In addition, she served on the Massachusetts SADD Student Ad-
visory Board (SAB) and on the 2010-2011 SADD National Student
Leadership Council, helping to plan and implement a successful four-
day SADD National Conference in Chicago, Illinois, in June 2011, em-
powering other young people to help keep their peers safe and alive.
Deanna is an avid dancer, artist, and photographer, and she en-
joys volunteering and engaging in community service activities.