Banora Point High School graduates Chantelle Dooley, Mikaela Jackson, Erin Forbes and Jess Bathie flew to their Year 12 formal in a helicopter.
Banora Point High School graduates Chantelle Dooley, Mikaela Jackson, Erin Forbes and Jess Bathie flew to their Year 12 formal in a helicopter. Karen Harper

Flying high to formal

MIKAELA Jackson did not know what to expect when her parents told her they would organise her ride to the school formal.

She expected a hummer, but instead got a helicopter.

“I thought I was going to arrive in a car, but that was so much better,” a still-excited Mikaela said yesterday.

The 18-year-old and her three friends were the hot topic at the Banora Point High School Year 12 formal on Monday night after they flew to the Coolangatta and Tweed Heads Golf Club in a helicopter.

“It was good fun,” Mikaela said.

“More for the experience than showing up at the formal.

“None of us had been in a helicopter before, so it was great to share that with my best friends.”

Although Mikaela was more excited than anything else during the flight, she said her friends had been a little scared.

“We couldn’t land near everyone, but everyone was jealous.”

When her parents told her they would plan her ride, Mikaela said she was not worried about it being boring.

“My parents have a good imagination so I knew it would be good.”

Mikaela’s dad Stephen Evans said the girls were completely surprised on Monday night.

“They had no idea until we pulled up at the airport,” Mr Stephens said.

“They were hysterical; it was quite fun.”

Mr Evans said they were lucky the event was being held at the golf club because it meant the chopper had somewhere to land.

“It flew in and up to the car park where everybody was standing, circled the building and landed on the driving range.

“Everyone was wondering who was in the helicopter.”

The helicopter cost $530 for the four girls.

“It wasn’t much more than a limmo,” Mr Evans said.

“The girls wanted a Hummer and I inquired and they started at $400, so we just chipped in a bit extra for the helicopter.

“I was very popular on the night.”

However, Mr Evans said his wife Karen had actually done most of the flight arrangements.

The Year 12 class is the first graduating class from Banora Point High School making it the school’s first Year 12 formal.



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