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Easton Prom Marks the Beginning of the End

Casey DeLorenzo and her friends will load into two or three party buses and head to prom on Friday - for some of them, it's one of the last events they have in high school.

"It's sad. I'm really going to miss everyone," said Casey, who will be attending Southern Connecticut State University in the fall.

Mike Garceau said it "hasn't sunk in yet" that this is the end of high school and Egan O'Brien thinks the end is "more exciting than upsetting." Mike will attend Keene State in the fall and Egan will be at Salve Regina.

Casey, a senior at Joel Barlow High School, brought a cookie cake with "Prom?" written on it to her date's house.

Students will be dismissed early on Friday to get ready for the festivities. Once she's ready, Casey's date will come to her house for photos before they head to a friend's house for a group shot. It won't be just a small group of friends - but about 85 people all together.

Egan and Mike will join Casey for pictures. Mike asked his date by writing "Will you go to prom with me" all over her car and decorating it with balloons.

Another student proposed to his date by standing on a table in the cafeteria, silencing the room and pointing at his date before popping the question. Another student put a note in his date's sandwich asking her to prom.

Thomas McMorran, principal at Joel Barlow High School, would not say what security measures the school has taken to help keep prom a safe event.

"What they should know is that safety, both at the dance and on the road, is our first priority, and we have taken all reasonable precautions to ensure their safety," said McMorran. "Most students will be well dressed and eager to behave in a good manner."

Casey said she doesn't think drinking and driving will be an issue Friday night for prom-goers because most people will have a designated driver.

"Most parents are willing to drive because it's prom night and they want everyone to be safe," said Casey.

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