BREC celebrates ‘Prom Not Prom’

Blue Ridge Early College held a ‘Prom Not Prom’ at the School on May 23 to give junior and senior students an afternoon of fun before the end of the schoolyear.

BREC juniors and seniors met at the Cashiers-Glennville Fire Station before heading over to the school. From left are Jacob Pressler, Max Tavernier, Kaleb Fugate, Korbin Walters, Charlotte Sherrill, Chloe Fowler, Ella Day, Brenda Rodriguez, Devon Bryson, Alexis Hervert, Collin Bryson, Steve Madden, Ethan Moss, Joe Madden, and Maddy Potts.

CGFD and Jackson County Sherriff’s Deputies escorted students with sirens blazing to Prom Not Prom along Highways 64 and 107.

Prom Not Prom entailed hanging out in the sunshine, bumping tunes, cooking hotdogs and smores over an open fire, and a slew of yard games with a heavy concentration on Cornhole.


One of the most popular games during Prom Not Prom was Cornhole, always a crowd favorite.

BREC Social Worker Erica Smithdeal reads the highly anticipated winners of Prom Not Prom King and Queen.

“The goal of Prom Not Prom was to celebrate our Juniors and Seniors,” said Blue Ridge Social Worker Erica Smithdeal. “It’s been a challenging year and they deserved a fun afternoon dedicated to them.”

Prom Not Prom King and Queen are Max Tavernier and Bailee Collins.

Prom at Blue Ridge Early College is traditionally held around the end of April or beginning of May, but was cancelled this year due to COVID restrictions. IN steps Blue Ridge staff who organized the afternoon shindig on the fly and Smithdeal said it was a hit.

At one point Collin Bryson jumped on the mic and serenaded the group with soft jams.

“It went better than I imagined,” she said. “Our students want to do it again before the end of the school year. Everyone- staff and students- had a blast. We are proud our students and very thankful for the opportunity to celebrate the amazing young adults they are becoming.”

Pictured at the top of the article are Carsen Williams and Bailee Collins playing a yard game. It should be noted that Collins is crazy good at said game where the objective is to throw the strings with balls attached onto the rungs. The higher the rung, the more points it’s worth. 

Holly Foss is either celebrating a victory or mocking her opponent’s defeat.

Not a bad scene to spend an afternoon shooting Cornhole.

Fishing from left are Nick Pressler and Collin Bryson going head to head in a surprisingly difficult children’s game trying to snag fish in the grass.

Not sure what this is called but things escalated quickly.

Jacob Pressler takes his shot at Cornhole.

From left are Maddy Potts and Chloe Fowler in a die hard game of Cornhole.

Kaleb Fugate (red shorts) has a good feeling on this shot and could take the win.

CJ Jennings goes for the finesse approach playing Cornhole.

Students attending the first Prom Not Prom said it was a blast and hope there are more in the future.

From left are Holly Foss, Cindy Fowler, Chloe Fowler, and Crystal Hunter at Prom Not Prom.

Cindy Fowler working as harder than the media capturing memories at Blue Ridge events.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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