Student have a ball at prom, ViaPort

Photo Kristin Schultz
The weather was dreary but spirits were high as Niskayuna High School Juniors filed into the school for the traditional walk-through. From there, prom-goers headed to the Albany Marriott for dinner and dancing. After-prom was held at ViaPort.Photo Kristin Schultz The weather was dreary but spirits were high as Niskayuna High School Juniors filed into the school for the traditional walk-through. From there, prom-goers headed to the Albany Marriott for dinner and dancing. After-prom was held at ViaPort.

By Kristin Schultz

Gazette Reporter

Constant rain didn’t make a dent on the high spirits of Niskayuna High School juniors as they celebrated their prom on May 13.

Students packed the halls waiting to check in and walk across the auditorium stage to the cheers and applause of family and friends.

After the walk-in, the teens, dressed to the nines with hair coiffed and shoes shines, ducked under umbrellas and made for the doors of buses and limousines that ferried them to the Albany Marriott in Colonie, where they enjoyed dinner and dancing.

After the dance, more than 264 of the 370 prom-goers checked into the after-prom event at ViaPort in Rotterdam. It was the first time the event was held at the revamped mall and by all accounts, it was a roaring success.

“It went super well,” said Vince Bianchi, head of student activities and scholarships. “It was the most successful after-prom we’ve had in a number of years.”

In 2016 only about 25 percent of students attended the post-prom event offering. This year’s attendance rate was 71 percent.

The event stretched from 12:30 to 3 a.m. and Bianchi reported that, unlike previous years, a vast majority of the students stayed and enjoyed the festivities for the duration.

“Via Entertainment did a nice job,” Bianchi said. “By all reports, everybody had a good time.”

Given the success of this year’s after-prom, Bianchi said the school is committed to returning to ViaPort in 2018.