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Senior Prom brings old, young together

A lot of the residents at Stafford Suites were good and tired Thursday morning from cutting a rug the night before.

“They’re all napping,” said office manager Jonikka Mollinet with a laugh, explaining that many residents were tuckered out because the home hosted its annual prom the night before with students from South Kitsap High School. “They had so much fun.”

Mollinet said this year’s event was particularly lively thanks to a larger than normal group of students who visited from the school.

“They really stepped it up,” she said, explaining that Stafford Suites has worked every year for at least the past six with the school’s ASB representatives to put on the prom. “We got a pretty lively group this year, and the dance floor was packed all night long.”

Since women residents tend to outnumber men at the center, Mollinet said they asked the students to “bring plenty of boys, please.” And they did.

Just in case, however, Mollinet said one of her co-workers asked her husband and other servicemen to come in their uniforms for the dance.

As for the young ladies who came to dance, Mollinet said they were scooped up by male residents, as well.

“Their generation grew up dancing, so they love to dance,” she said, explaining that they look forward to the dance every year, along with others in the community who look for events like that to attend.

“I have some neighbors and others who call every year when they see the dance in the paper,” Mollinet said, explaining that she also brings her daughters to the dance.

“One of my girls was really disappointed because she had a youth group meeting that same night,” she said.

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