Linda escorts Jadan past a line of welcomers

PHS student Jadan Johnson enters the Night to Shine prom held Feb. 9 at Christian Life Church. Photo by Tyler Luedtke

PHS students participate in Night to Shine

Posted February 19, 2018

Three Plymouth High School students enjoyed the recent Night to Shine prom held Feb. 9 at Christian Life Church in Plymouth.

Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, offers a prom night experience for people with special needs ages 14 and older. More than 540 churches around the world hosted Night to Shine events Feb. 9 for approximately 90,000 honored guests through the support of 175,000 volunteers.

The local event welcomed 87 “kings” and “queens,” including PHS students Jadan Johnson, Kendell Lafayette and Trenton VanderSande. Many staff members responded to a call for prom dresses, and Jaden chose a beautiful pink cocktail dress with silver "bling."

Participants enjoyed a limousine ride to the prom, which they entered after a walk down the red carpet. They got to visit the “touch up” room, where participants got flowers and a tiara or crown. The men also had their shoes shined, and the women got their hair and make-up done and were able to pick out a purse for the night and some jewelry if they needed.  The event also included appetizers, beverages, a photo booth, and dancing.

PHS Team Panthers Adam Smith and Ellie Welsch volunteered at the event, as did number members of the PHS National Honor Society.

Kendall, Mrs. Forsberg, and Trenton smiling

PHS students Kendell Lafayette and Trenton VanderSande pose with PHS teacher Sue Forsberg at Night to Shine. Photo by Jen Vander Sande