Spring break, proms keep senior busy in April

Stephanie Hill (second from left) attended a reception for students who have been accepted to Clemson for the fall with (from left) Zach Hill and Kristen Cario. (Provided)

The last quarter of her senior year has started and the calendar is full for Berkeley High School student Stephanie Hill.

April brings spring break and two proms for Steffi, as her friends call her.

“We have a lake house and last year we stayed up there all week for spring break and just went out on the boat every day,” she said. “I think we’re going to do the same thing this year.”

The week after that, Steffi and her longtime boyfriend, Evan Hammond, will be attending her prom on April 21 at the Charleston Air Force Base and his prom on April 28 at Wescott Plantation. Evan is a junior at St. John’s Christian Academy in Moncks Corner.

“Everything we talk about at school these days is the prom,” Steffi said.

Her dress, which she purchased at Genealogy in Mount Pleasant, is being altered and will be ready the week before her prom.

Steffi also has been visiting a tanning bed to prepare for the event and found a photo online of a hairstyle she’d like. She plans to visit a Charleston salon on prom day.

“It’s half up and half down with a twist to it,” she said. “It looks elegant and pretty but has an edginess to it.”

Her group of about 25 friends plans to take photos at Old Santee Canal Park, then hit the road for Charleston in several large sport utility vehicles.

“We tried to book a limo and we looked at every place, but they all said they’ve been booked since January,” she said.

They plan to eat at Southend Brewery and Smokehouse, where they also dined before last year’s dance.

After the prom, Steffi and about 10 friends plan to spend the rest of the weekend at a Folly Beach house with Steffi’s stepbrother, Zach Hill, also a senior at Berkeley, and 10 of his friends.

“We had a meeting at my house the other day, and everybody’s parents came and we explained the rules about transportation ... and all,” Steffi said. “Hopefully everybody will behave.”

A couple of weeks ago, Steffi and her best friend, Kristen Cario, went to Folly and drove by the house, and she gives it her seal of approval.

“It looks really nice,” she said.

Then, the week after that, “I’ll basically be doing the same thing for Evan’s prom, except that one of his good friends got a limo,” she said.

She’s slowly making the transition from high school to college.

She recently had a formal cap-and-gown photo taken.

“When I put on the gown, it didn’t hit me,” she said, “but when the photographer put the cap on me, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m in a cap and gown.’ ”

The one she wore for the photo was a prop, but she expects to get her own any day now.

She’s also got a touch of senioritis.

“I’m tired of the classes but I know I’m going to miss my friends,” she said. “When I’m in yearbook during lunch, it’s just all my friends and we’ll all just talk and have a good time. I’m going to miss those moments, but I’m not going to miss the schoolwork.”

Now that she knows she’s going to Clemson, the only place she applied, she’s getting excited. She’s going to room with her best friend, Kristen Cario.

“We were just talking today about how excited we are,” she said. “I know move-in day is going to be the hardest day for me because I know my parents are going to leave and I’ll be on my own. I just have to get past that first day and I’ll be OK.”

Last week, they attended a reception at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center for students who have been accepted. It not only gave her the opportunity to meet other incoming freshmen, but she also was able to learn about things such as housing and course selection.

“Everybody was saying that Clemson was very welcoming and makes you feel at home,” she said. “It seems like everybody who goes to Clemson is glad to be there.”

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