Pandemic-style prom


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Junior Niko Baker (left) poses with the Starbucks drink (right) that he used to ask freshman Jayda Pawelkoski to prom.

When last year’s prom was canceled, many students were devastated. The 2020 prom was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, there will be a prom this year. This year’s theme for prom will be “The Great Outdoors” and will be held at Brady’s Run Lodge on May 7.

Tickets will cost $50 a person and $100 per couple. The tickets were on sale from April 12 to April 23 in Mr. John Rosa’s office. The grand march will be held on May 7 at 5 p.m., with the location to be announced. Tickets for the grand march will be $5 each and will be sold from April 12 to May 7. 

“I am excited to attend my very last Freedom dance but also sad because it is no longer till 5 a.m.,” senior Sarah Yeck said.

In past years, prom lasted until 5 a.m., however, this year prom will be from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

 “I wish it was until 5 a.m. like usual, but I understand with COVID-19  restrictions, it’s hard to do that. I am very thankful to still be able to go this year,” senior Erica Gazdik said. 

Some students are upset about prom not being until 5 a.m. like it has been in previous years. 

“Because this year’s prom is going to be outside, we would not be able to accommodate that,” Principal William Deal said. 

Due to COVID-19, prom has to be an outside event to ensure that everyone is safe. However, there will still be some inside components. 

“I am very excited we have the opportunity to have a prom, since last year they had nothing,” senior Johnna Adams said.

“I hope everyone is able to have a great time and enjoys their night, and I hope restrictions are limited, but everyone is still able to stay safe,” Adams said. 

With COVID-19 still spreading, precautions will continue to be taken.

“I am very excited that we are able to still have our senior prom, even if we have to follow certain rules because of COVID-19,” Gazdik said.

Students will also be required to follow COVID-19 guidelines. 

“Masks will be required except when eating. Students will have to socially distance except when dancing,” Deal said. 

Despite all of the changes made due to COVID-19, students are still buying tickets, getting dates and are excited for prom. 

“I’m super excited that I get to have my senior prom. Although things will be different this year, I’m glad we are still able to have a prom,” senior Karissa Mercier said.