As we look forward to After Prom, it is important to look back and remember the reason why After Prom was started in the first place. Beth Ann Brooks and Brian Jay McEwen went to a Millard North Prom in 1984 and never returned home. There were NO planned activities after Prom that night.

More than 200,000 fliers were distributed. Many picked up the fliers from the Millard Hy-Vee where the couple worked. Buttons saying, “Have you seen Brian & Beth?” were worn by every Hy-Vee employee and many involved in the search. Both friends and sheriff’s detectives had even searched the creek in which they were found.

After a desperate three-week search conducted by air, land and water and covering all 50 states and some foreign countries, the Jeep Wagoneer that Junior Beth Brooks and Alumnus Brian McEwen were driving to Prom on May 11th was pulled from a muddy creek not five miles from their homes. The two died on May 12th when their vehicle plunged off a country road where a bridge had been removed to make way for future Dam Site 20. The Jeep fell 15 feet and settled on its top below another 15 feet of water. It remained undiscovered for 23 days until June 3rd.

The resolution of the tragedy was not the one prayed for, three weeks of uncertainly and fear were over.

Only loving memories now remain.


We want to create a safe and fun environment for our students on Prom night. Thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours go into giving our students a night they will never forget. We have no statistics on how many lives this event may have saved since 1985, but please don’t let more accidents like Beth & Brian’s claim the lives of our students.