Junior and Senior students attend Prom, which is held the first Friday in May. Aquin has a unique tradition of 'drawing' for their date that goes back to the 1920s when the school wanted to make sure that the many orphans who attended the school would have the opportunity to go to the dance. Today, the students vote whether or not they want to continue the tradition of 'Prom Draw'. Each year they unanimously vote to continue the tradition.
The Prom Draw tradition has grown to be as exciting as the Prom itself.
Pay for transportation (usually junior boys and senior boys each secure one large vehicle to transport them to Pre-Prom pictures, dinner and then to Aquin). All attendees divide the cost evenly.
Pay for catered dinner which all Prom attendees enjoy together
Pay for professional pictures taken at Aquin before the Grand March
Prom couple processional (grand march) announced in the auditorium
Post Prom--attendees cannot return once they leave the building and have to have permission to leave before the end of the event--usually at 3:00am
'Prom Draw' makes the news & nominated for an EMMY!!
Thanks to Suzanne Richter (class of 1980) on a tremendous job of explaining this unique Aquin tradition!
Click here to view the entire story on WMAQ, NBC 5 Chicago.
10.2.09 . Congratulations to Suzanne and her production crew on being nominated for an Emmy by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The nomination was in Category #5-i. Outstanding Achievement within a Regularly Scheduled News Program – Specialty Report/Series: Family/Children's Issues.