Summit High School after-prom event Saturday provides substance-free fun |

Summit High School after-prom event Saturday provides substance-free fun

Alli Langley
Summit High School students play roulette at the 2014 after-prom event. The Silverthorne Recreation Center will host this year's After Prom the night of Saturday, April 25, from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Courtesy Peggy Hiller |

Hundreds of Summit County high school students will party after prom Saturday night, and one local event will ensure they’re staying out of trouble after they enjoy one of their last formal social gatherings before they graduate.

The fourth-annual Summit High School After-Prom will start at 11 p.m. Saturday, April 25, and go to about 4 a.m.

Silverthorne Recreation Center will host the event, which includes casino-style games like blackjack and roulette, a pool party, a photo booth, a palm reader, music and plenty of food.

One of the most popular parts of after-prom, said organizer Peggy Hiller, is the comedy hypnosis show from 2 to 3:30 a.m., when about a dozen students will be hypnotized.

New this year will be henna tattoos, a competition based on the TV show “Minute to Win It” and human-sized hamster balls provided by local company Tumble Bubbles that students can run around in on the pool.

For the first time, a student band will play starting at midnight.

The Unsung — whose members include Tyler Truscelli, Dylan Berwyn, Eric Fretz, Ethan Minard and Abby Schroeder — will play classic and modern rock including songs by The Beatles and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Berwyn, the band’s 17-year-old lead singer, said the group has previously played at school events and Breck’s Got Talent.

At the end of the night, students can win gift certificates to local restaurants and retail stores. Tickets to the Summer Fun Park at Peak 8 in Breckenridge, as well as Water World and Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park in Denver, are among the offerings. The grand prize drawing is a $1,000 Amazon gift card.

The cost to attend is $10, and juniors, seniors and their prom dates can buy tickets at the high school this week or at the door. Students don’t have to go to prom to attend after-prom.


Organized by Summit High School parents and the Parent Teacher Student Organization, the goal of the event is to provide a fun, safe and substance-free environment for high school juniors and seniors.

“It’s a really fun night,” Hiller said, “and I think it’s a great message we’re sending to our kids that we’re interested in what they’re doing after the prom.”

She said she hopes the event prompts conversations among parents and students, even those not attending after-prom, about plans for the night.

Undersheriff Derek Woodman said after-prom was originally designed to prevent parents from renting condos or hosting house parties, giving kids alcohol and causing problems with noise and underage drinking and substance use.

More students have been going to after-prom every year, he said, and “since this has been going on, those issues have diminished very, very drastically.”

As a parent of two former Summit High School students, Woodman said when his children were in high school he hoped he taught them to use good judgment and make responsible choices. “It’s a very worrisome time in a kid’s life for the parents,” he said.

The after-prom is not a lock-in event, and students may leave when they please. Hiller said organizers will call students’ emergency contacts when they leave the event.


After-prom has received funding from The Summit Foundation, Breckenridge Grand Vacations, Alpine Bank, Breckenridge Mountain Rotary, the Youth Giving Council, Copper Mountain Resort, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Centura Health, Everist Materials and Freeport McMoRan.

“It’s really a great community effort,” Hiller said, and this year organizers already have raised more than $10,000.

To volunteer, donate drawing items or get involved, contact Peggy Hiller at To donate funds for the event, visit

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