Lemon Bay High School prom a raving success

May 9, 2021
By Marcy Shortuse

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – To say that 2021 has been a year of ups and downs for the graduating class of Lemon Bay High School is an understatement. What should have been a year of prominence was – quite literally – masked in more apprehension and canceled events. When it came time for prom, though, and it was announced that the event was canceled, some of school’s seniors declared they had enough.

Kim Rowe’s daughter, Nicole Pulaskie, was one of those kids. When she approached her mother with the plea, “You HAVE to do something,” that’s exactly what Kim and several other parents did. This group of people with very few event coordination skills between them created a beautiful prom experience for this year’s graduating seniors, which was held on Saturday, May 1. In all, 206 seniors were able to attend the event, which took place at The Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice.

“The kids had a really great time,” Rowe said. “They had a dinner choice of chicken piccata or beef medallions, and they had a huge dessert buffet, with single-serve portions and over 700 items featured there. The iced coffee bar was a huge hit with the kids. The Plantation really outdid themselves, DJ Rob Bryja was amazing, and the Venice Photo Booth company was there for the kids to have their own pictures done. The table arrangements were beautiful, provided by Ann’s Floral Shop of Englewood and Superior Painting, and they did the flowers for the prom court as well.”

It was a traditional prom in one way – coordination of the voting for the court members was done through Lemon Bay and announced the day before prom. 

Prom attendees signed a huge card for one of the dance’s primary benefactors, Danny Duncan. Duncan, who is now an internet celebrity and philanthropist, paid for the tickets for all LBHS seniors. He is also an LBHS graduate. 

Off-duty law enforcement officers acted as security for the event, but that night their only job was to groove to the music and enjoy a dessert or two.

“The kids were so well behaved and so appreciative,” Rowe said. “They were so grateful. Every volunteer mentioned how grateful the kids were to be there. There was not one issue. We were able to do this with the great support from the community.”

Photos submitted.

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o say that 2021 has been a year of ups and downs for the graduating class of Lemon Bay High School is an understatement. What should have been a year of prominence was – quite literally – masked in more apprehension and canceled events. When it came time for prom, though, and it was announced that the event was canceled, some of school’s seniors declared they had enough.

Kim Rowe’s daughter, Nicole Pulaskie, was one of those kids. When she approached her mother with the plea, “You HAVE to do something,” that’s exactly what Kim and several other parents did. This group of people with very few event coordination skills between them created a beautiful prom experience for this year’s graduating seniors, which was held on Saturday, May 1. In all, 206 seniors were able to attend the event, which took place at The Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice.

“The kids had a really great time,” Rowe said. “They had a dinner choice of chicken piccata or beef medallions, and they had a huge dessert buffet, with single-serve portions and over 700 items featured there. The iced coffee bar was a huge hit with the kids. The Plantation really outdid themselves, DJ Rob Bryja was amazing, and the Venice Photo Booth company was there for the kids to have their own pictures done. The table arrangements were beautiful, provided by Ann’s Floral Shop of Englewood and Superior Painting, and they did the flowers for the prom court as well.”

It was a traditional prom in one way – coordination of the voting for the court members was done through Lemon Bay and announced the day before prom. 

Prom attendees signed a huge card for one of the dance’s primary benefactors, Danny Duncan. Duncan, who is now an internet celebrity and philanthropist, paid for the tickets for all LBHS seniors. He is also an LBHS graduate.

Shown above are Tan Ho, Madi Boyer, Nicole Pulaskie, Alice Lewis and Heather Knight

Off-duty law enforcement officers acted as security for the event, but that night their only job was to groove to the music and enjoy a dessert or two.

“The kids were so well behaved and so appreciative,” Rowe said. “They were so grateful. Every volunteer mentioned how grateful the kids were to be there. There was not one issue. We were able to do this with the great support from the community.”

Photos submitted. Prom court included Trayton White, Elizabeth Schum, Julian Ordaz-Leon, Nicole Pulaskie, Tian Ho, Lauren, Ragazonne, Mason Dowd, Hannah Roushia, Reece Willis, Emily Moore, Thomas Blem, Emaly Powers and KING/QUEEN: Barrett Curry and Heather Knight.