May 9, 2013 3:07 AM by Victoria Johnson

Paso Robles students organize alternate prom

Prom is a night teens look forward to as a highlight of high school. But some students at Paso Robles High say they were shocked to learn there aren't any tickets left to go to their prom. Now they're organizing an alternate one.

KSBY couldn't reach the school today. But whether it was lack of communication or bad planning, the 800 juniors and seniors at Paso High can't go to prom together. It's scheduled to be held at a winery but parents and students say the school announced that the limited supply of tickets is already sold out. So some students have gone to Plan B and are planning their own.

"It was a really tough situation to not go without all of my friends," said senior Betsy Villagomez. When she heard that she couldn't go to her prom, she thought about the money she'd already spent on a dress.

"I know of a lot of students who already bought their tuxes and dresses," said Villagomez. "They made appointments for hair and getting fitted."

So Betsy and some friends created Project Prom for whoever couldn't get into the official one at the Lago Giuseppe Winery in Templeton. It's unclear whether the winery couldn't accommodate the 800 juniors and seniors, and students and parents say there was confusion about how many tickets were available. Bottom line: Students say only about half of their classes can go now and all the tickets are sold out.

"Honestly, a lot of girls have said this is what we have looked forward to their whole high school career," said senior Austin Borba who's part of Project Prom. "Some of us have been denied."

Project Prom sold tickets at the Gazebo in downtown Paso today and sold a few, but they need 75 paying customers just to cover the cost of their own venue, the Park Ballroom in Paso Robles.

"We're upset about prom, we want to go as a group and none of our friends got tickets," said senior Shelby Prescott. "It's senior prom. Everyone should go to senior prom."

A worker from the winery told KSBY this afternoon that the school had called and increased the number of tickets available. However, the worker couldn't say how many tickets.

KSBY called Paso Robles High School several times today to clarify everything the school didn't return any calls.

The Project Prom committee will be selling tickets to their independent prom tomorrow at the Downtown Park Gazebo in Paso Robles. They'll be there from 3pm to 5pm tomorrow and friday from 3pm to 7pm.



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