Ahwatukee Foothills News: Mountain Pointe

Mountain Pointe

Trying to fasten on his bow tie, cummerbund and pocket square, Tre Campbell, of Mountain Pointe High School, got ready in a matter of minutes for his senior prom.

"I have no idea how to fold this," he said about the royal blue pocket square —the rest of his all-white tuxedo already on.

His cufflinks sat on one of his shelves which held a collection of athletic trophies for basketball and football over the years.

After getting a gym bag together with a fresh change of clothes, Campbell headed down the stairs of his South Phoenix home, where his mom, sister and cousin were waiting.

"Can you come down here so we can see you," said older sister Chanette Campbell.

"No, I was just going to jump out of the window, Chanette," Campbell said, teasing her.

The ladies helped him put the finishing touches on his tux, tucking in his pocket square for him and clipping down his bow tie. Before leaving, Campbell's mom, Lanette, took a photo of Campbell with his sister.

"Now smile and say 'prom,'" she said holding up her iPhone.

Fellow senior and girlfriend Tina Trujillo was waiting in her living room with her sister, parents, and other family when Campbell arrived.

After casually walking in through the garage to meet his date, he leaned against the family's pool table and gave Trujillo a coy smile.

Her long, brown hair was curled and gathered at the back, with her floor-length, royal blue and jeweled gown matching his suit accents.

"Don't look at me like that," she said playfully to Campbell. 

Her family and his mingled near the front door of her Ahwatukee home as the couple quietly talked and laughed after he slipped on her white floral corsage with blue ribbon.

"Someone is going to have to help you with that," said her mom, Lori, when it came time for the boutonnière.

"Yeah, because I don't know how to do these," answered Trujillo. "Wait, I got this, I got this."

After pinning on Campbell's matching boutonnière, his pesky pocket square and bow tie came undone again.

The ladies all laughed as they tried to put him back together.

"It looks like someone just sneezed on it and squeezed it back in there," said Campbell as he joked about the pocket square.

Finally the couple, and both families got their cars and lead the way to dinner.

Near the end of Equestrian Trail's winding road in Ahwatukee, nearly 80 students along with parents, family and other friends met at fellow senior Kyndall Johnston's home.

The backyard was used for some couple and small group photos as everyone talked before taking a large group photo across the street.

Camera phones snapped away at every corner of the backyard where friends and aquaintences posed on the grass, by the swimming pool and patio area.

Later, a sea of prom gowns lined the front yard of the home across the way from the Johnston home. A hired photographer took several panoramic shots to fit everyone in the frame.

Once given the word, the students broke out of their poses and like a small, well-dressed stampede, they headed back to the home where dinner was waiting.

Two dining areas were set up in the spacious home, where tables were decorated in a black and white damask design, contrasted by red roses.

Students lined up to a buffet-style table in the kitchen where grilled and fried chicken were served with mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, fruit and caesar salad. Meanwhile a whole array of cupcakes and cookie from local Nothing Bundt Cakes adorned a table in one of the living rooms.

Tea light candles diml lit the home's "theater" and dining room where the students ate.

A makeshift photo booth was set up in a hallway, where guests could stand in front of a wall covered in champagne-colored gauze curtain and hold props like feather boas, masquerade masks, hats and a large photo frame.

Naturally, Campbell chose a bowler hat and teal feather boa for his photo.

Around 8 p.m., a party bus with a large Jack Daniels logo pulled up to the home.

The students flooded to the front yard and listened to the rules of the bus before boarding.

Ironically, with a strict "no alcohol" rule, a student was caught with alcohol before the bus arrived. Despite that small setback, the night went on and students got settled in their seats.

Resembling a mini nightclub, lighted poles and bright green and blue lights were most noticeable on the bus that could fit about 65 people.

After taking the long way to the Castle at Ashley Manor in Chandler, the bus arrived at Mountain Pointe's prom around 9 p.m.

The castle's interior, a rectangular dance hall was projecting "The Wizard of Oz" on one wall as a D.J. played music for an already packed house.

Through double doors, the back courtyard looked like something out of a fairy tale.

Lush, but exquisitely trimmed grass and hedges covered the outdoor space with brick moldings and a gazebo. A surprise display of fireworks wowed the students right after prom court was announced.

Before leaving his senior prom around 10:15, Campbell made his way inside to the dance floor in an impromptu battle with another student. Though drawing a similar amount of applause from the large group of students that circled them, Campbell threw his hands up in victory after his last move.

Though this wasn't the end of the night for Campbell, Trujillo and friends, with an after-party in the works, the students contently walked back to their cars at Johnston's home after getting off the bus.

"It was interesting, and different, I had a good time," Campbell said.

Laughing at some of the night's antics, Trujillo exclaimed that prom was "definitely a night to remember."

Saying goodnight to their parents, who were still mingling, they got in their car, closed the doors, and drove off onto the dark Equestrian Trail. 

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