“Prompeii” erupts onto students’ schedules




Along with Prom, which goes from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., many Bellevue West students will have additional activities to attend on April 12.

April 12 just might be one of the busiest Saturdays of the entire year.

With 12 separate events scheduled for the same date–including Prom, the ACT, and numerous sporting events–April 12 is shaping up to be a veritable “Prompeii,” an explosion of activity and plans all condensed into one too-short 24 hour period.

The ACT is one of the more notable events planned for the date. Administered at Bellevue West, many students will find themselves tasked with four or more hours of questions about math, reading, writing and science in addition to their Prom activities.

But academics aside, sports are where much of the action will happen tomorrow.

Starting at 10:00 a.m., varsity track runners, throwers, jumpers and vaulters will have to suit up for a meet at Millard South.

For senior Alex Baker, the event he was to race in–the 3200 meter run–was scheduled for around 3 p.m. But with photo, dinner and Prom plans, Baker felt he might be cutting it too close and chose not to run the meet.

“It’s my senior year and I only have two Proms in my high school career. If I were to run in the track meet I wouldn’t have enough time to get back home. I might be late,” Baker said.

Soccer players also have a full plate this weekend. At 10:00 a.m., the boys and girls JV teams will be playing Lincoln High at Bellevue West; Varsity girls and boys will be playing the Metro Conference Tournament.

Some varsity players, however, aren’t worried about Prom and their tournament conflicting.

“Unless we go into overtime … we’ll have enough time to make it back home, take a shower, get our suits and ties on and get down to Prom,” varsity soccer goalie and senior Chauncy Mason said.

Another spring sport, baseball, has a full schedule on the itinerary. Junior Varsity has a game at Gross at 10:00 a.m.; varsity plays at 12:00 p.m. The reserve team, however, plays at Elkhorn South at 11:00 a.m.

Varsity baseball player and senior Kyle Ramage isn’t worried about the tight schedule though.

“I’ll just have to prepare a little bit more than I usually would. You know, pick up my tux a while in advance,” Ramage said.

While many at West will be able to juggle the responsibilities of April 12, one group of students is so pressed for time this weekend they won’t even be able to attend Prom.

For those students in Railmen Indoor Percussion, their weekend will be spent in Dayton, Ohio, competing at the Winter Guard International Championships. Because they will be there until April 13, the group will invariably miss Prom. No worries, though–Railmen already had their Prom.

Despite “Prompeii” erupting much of the Thunderbird student body, most Bellevue West students are finding ways of overcoming the hectic fallout of such an explosive date.

Grant Harrison
Commentary Editor