This just might have been Huntington High School’s best prom ever as students glowed while partying the night away at Larkfield in East Northport.
A crowd of 331 turned out to dine, dance, laugh and have a great time with one another before heading off in different directions as the evening drew to a close.
The juniors and seniors looked absolutely beautiful. (Darin Reed photo)
The teenagers looked gorgeous and carried themselves with grace and maturity, enjoying four hours of fun. The prom was staged by Huntington’s Class of 2020 and its faculty advisors, Paige Tyree Furman and Kristin Fortunato.
Dressed in fashionable business suits and tuxedos and beautiful dresses and gowns that ranged from modern day hip to traditionally elegant, the teenagers spent most of their time either on the dance floor or huddled with their date and friends.
Seniors Danny Arias and Phoebe Walther were crowned prom king and queen, respectively. Juniors Chaohan Yang and Isabella Toscano were named the prince and princess of the prom, respectively.
The Royal Court also included seniors Andy Ulloa, Tyler Abedin, Rudy Salmeron, Ashlyn Case, Julia Tesoriero and Ashley Coleman and juniors Diego Torres, Chas Forte, Zubair Ali, Holly Wright, Natalie Ciccone and Angelina Larkin.
Earlier in the evening many students attended pre-prom parties during which they posed for what probably seemed like a never ending series of photos. Transportation from Huntington to Larkfield varied, with some of the teenagers driving themselves or being driven in cars while others rode in limousines.
The “appetizer” hour consisted of various beverages, butler passed hot hors d’oeuvres and an extensive array of hot and cold food items including coconut fried shrimp with pineapple diablo jam, sesame chicken lollipops served with peanut dipping sauce, miniature crab cakes with sauce remoulade, miniature Beef Wellington with horseradish sour cream, Spanikopita, homemade miniature franks in puff pastry served with spicy mustard, Szechuan style filet mignon skewers, seared filet mignon served with garlic crostini with a pesto sauce, miniature grilled cheese with tomato soup shooter served in a shot glass, barbeque short ribs served in an Asian spoon, lobster and avocado tartelette, shrimp cocktail presented in a tomato gazpacho shooter and sesame seared tuna served on a wonton chip with Wasabi sauce. There were also platters of assorted fruits, chesses and vegetables.
The main course began with a Caesar salad followed by penne a la vodka before prom-goers were given a choice of grilled New York shell steak, French chicken lightly seasoned with Marsala sauce, Asian sesame salmon topped with a teriyaki glaze or stuffed acorn squash with quinoa. Dessert options featured three stations, including an ice cream sundae, popcorn and cotton candy.
Principal Brenden Cusack and Assistant Principals Gamal Smith and Lisette Lors stood off on the side along with faculty and staff members and marveled at the great time the prom-goers were having throughout the evening. Even Huntington UFSD Superintendent James W. Polansky stopped by during dinner.
“The prom at Larkfield last Thursday night was absolutely outstanding,” Mr. Cusack said. “Our kids looked fantastic and everyone clearly had an excellent time. The food, music and atmosphere were all perfect and the majority of partygoers stayed until the very last song ended. My thanks go out to the advisors who painstakingly planned the event and all of our students, who demonstrated the very definition of class in every way.”