Looking forward to their year 12 formal tonight are Kadina students from left jessica Singh, Gabi Jeffery, Ben Sainsbury, Cassie Harding and Nina Elliot.
Looking forward to their year 12 formal tonight are Kadina students from left jessica Singh, Gabi Jeffery, Ben Sainsbury, Cassie Harding and Nina Elliot. Jacklyn Wagner

Kadina High hosts red carpet formal

IT WILL be a formal like no other.

Later tonight, as Kadina High Year 12 students celebrate the end of their school lives, they will groove to the beats of an acclaimed Sydney DJ as smoke and laser beams whirl around the dance floor.

And just so the memory really does last forever, a professional film crew will produce a DVD of the night and give a free copy to each student as a memento of their 'red carpet' formal.

It is all part of prize the students won in the MySpace Crash Your Formal competition.

“It's going to be amazing, everyone is really stoked,” said Kadina student 17-year-old Ben Sainsbury.

Along with Byron Bay High School, Kadina High made it onto the short-list of 10 schools announced last month.

Woolgoolga High, near Coffs Harbour, eventually won the $15,000 first prize after it received the most votes on the MySpace website, but the organisers also decided to award Kadina an 'A' for effort and created a special $10,000 consolation prize.

“The way we won was just amazing,” Ben said. “I was overwhelmed when I was told.”

MySpace competition co-ordinator Sophie Hurts said the Kadina students impressed judges by their drive and entrepreneurial spirit.

“We decided to award a special consolation price to Kadina because they are a very small school and went to a lot of additional effort in organising coverage in The Northern Star, leafleting the area around the school and printing T-shirts,” she said.

For 18-year-old student Nina Elliott, who bought a new dress for the formal last term, it is her chance to be a celebrity and 'have everyone look at me', she said with a beaming smile.

Fellow student Gabi Jeffery, 18, has hired a limo with her friends to get them to the red carpet event.

“It's going to be big. We've done all this hard work in Year 12, and this is going to be a formal goodbye to our school. It's going to be very emotional,” she said.



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