NIAGARA FALLS -- This year's Niagara Falls High School seniors have forsaken the traditional carousing that often follows the prom in favor of throwing pies at teachers, winning prizes, eating lots of food, playing games and having a last big blast with their classmates.
Sponsored by the Student Council, the school's first post-prom party will run from 11:30 p.m. June 1 to 3:43 a.m. June 2 in the school.
Many seniors are thrilled.
"This is just going to be too much fun to miss," said Jalese L. Renford, who sounded almost more excited about the party than the prom that will precede it that Friday evening at the Adams Mark Hotel in Buffalo.
"Every senior who shows up with or without a date -- you don't even have to go to the prom -- can win free prizes," said Renford, one of the organizers. "We'll be giving away iPods and laptops and a television. We'll have all kinds of food and games. We're having a pie-eating contest, a chicken-wing eating contest and a Jell-O eating contest.
"We're going to have so many prizes, games and other things to do, and so much food. And it's for free. It doesn't cost a thing. Who wouldn't want to come?"
Allie M. Dell, 18, said there will be a wide variety of food, as well as smoothies.
Another perk, according to Marissa Wizner, 17, is pie throwing. "You can throw pies at your teachers," she said.
There also will be a money machine that select students will be able to stand inside and try to gather bills that swirl around them.
Dell said games will include sumo wrestling, bull riding, a Velcro wall and jousting with big foam lances.
School officials said the evening also will feature a hypnotist, magicians, a fortune teller, bounce houses, bowling, karaoke and card games.
While it's all designed to be fun, Jonathan D. Rinker, 18, said there is a more serious side to consider: "That seniors will be safe and still have a great time."
"We didn't go to school for four years to die on prom night," Rinker said.
Social studies teacher James Hartung, who is moderating the event along with English teacher Christine Farino, said the students, staff and parents involved in organizing the event could still use financial help.
Contributions can be made to the NFHS Student Council and mailed to the group at Niagara Falls High School, 4455 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14305. Food and prize donations can be arranged by calling Hartung at 278-5800.