Prom 2021: departing from tradition

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Emily MacIntyre

Prom King Jalin Pitchford and Queen Cordelia Krajewski chat after being crowned. Both were also Homecoming King and Queen.

Prom for the class of 2021 was far from traditional, including efforts to comply with covid precautions.
“While making decisions for prom, we took into account what would feel the most “normal”,” senior class president Cordelia Krajewski said.
As it is for every class, the main source of income for prom comes from fundraising during underclassmen years.
“Our main fundraiser was junior year homecoming, fortunately we were able to have that before covid happened. We also did a few different class fundraisers over the years, like selling class colors shirts, masks, and foam fingers,” senior class recording secretary Meagn Harper said.
This year’s senior class had many plans already for their prom, even setting a venue.
“We weren’t sure if we’d be able to dance and congregate at the Dearborn Inn, our original venue, so we wanted to focus on moving the dance outside,” Krajewski said.
Still a main concern for many schools was covid and what changes needed to be made for the safety of staff and students.
“Students sat at tables of six, we encouraged them to stay with their group of people throughout the night, washing our hands and just being safe,” principal Benjamin Reynolds said.
The unique idea to host this year’s prom on the school football field was brought up by Reynolds to class officers.
“Most schools in the area [thought of this] to be the best option to be able to follow the guidelines, but also making it fun for the kids,” Reynolds said. “The class officers seemed to think it would be a cool idea, they came up with the different parts of the night and how it would work”.