Prom season | The Grand Rapids Press

I never thought I'd be going back to prom, especially eight years after I attended my own. I covered three proms in April and May around Grand Rapids, where I was stationed for five months. The kids dazzled and some of the venues were specular with lights in all the wrong places. 

 Seniors Lindsay Thomas, center left, and Katie Hanshaw, center right, dance at Thornapple Kellogg's prom Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Rustic Romance." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Junior Olivia Sprik sits with her date senior Drevon Johnson near the end of West Ottawa High School's prom Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Ridgewater Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Great Gatsby." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from West Ottawa High School's prom Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Ridgewater Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Great Gatsby." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Senior Emily Viravouth, right, touches up her makeup near Evita Chanthaphanh at West Ottawa High School's prom Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Ridgewater Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Great Gatsby." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Senior Gregg Granger at Thornapple Kellogg's prom Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Rustic Romance." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from Thornapple Kellogg's prom Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Rustic Romance." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Prom queen Sally Davis and prom king Jesse Grover at West Ottawa High School's prom Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Ridgewater Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Great Gatsby." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from West Ottawa High School's prom Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Ridgewater Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Great Gatsby." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from Thornapple Kellogg's prom Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Rustic Romance." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Junior Colin Thomas and Liz Cutlip at Thornapple Kellogg's prom Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Rustic Romance." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from West Ottawa High School's prom Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Ridgewater Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Great Gatsby." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Junior Nolan Pelfrey at the Grand Rapids City High School's prom Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was “A Night in Venice." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from West Ottawa High School's prom Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Ridgewater Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Great Gatsby." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from West Ottawa High School's prom Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Ridgewater Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Great Gatsby." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Prom king Jabari Smith and prom queen Alex Lowe at the Grand Rapids City High School's prom Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was “A Night in Venice." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from West Ottawa High School's prom Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Ridgewater Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Great Gatsby." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from West Ottawa High School's prom Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Ridgewater Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Great Gatsby." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from Thornapple Kellogg's prom Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Rustic Romance." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from the Grand Rapids City High School's prom Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was “A Night in Venice." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from West Ottawa High School's prom Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Ridgewater Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Great Gatsby." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)