Senior siblings, Molly and Grace Whetstone, at Kenton Ridge High School have worked hard this year with student council, advisors and officers to plan prom.
“I’m really excited about prom this year. We put in countless hours, hard work and dedication to make it as perfect as it could be,” Grace said. “I’m excited to enjoy all of our hard work and be able to go and hangout with friends.”
Molly said they initially sent out a survey to get other alternative ideas because they didn’t think they’d be able to have prom this year.
“I’m excited to be able to dress up and see people. I think it will just lift some spirits before the end of the year,” Molly said. “We are doing a lot of things different this year. Instead of (normal) dances, we will do line dances. We will have games to do. Masks will be worn the whole time, there will be people moderating, and a 3-feet social distance.”
Most schools will host prom inside, but Springfield City and Triad Local schools plan to hold their event outside.
Springfield will host their outdoor prom in front of the high school, and it will still require masks and COVID-19 protocols.
“We look forward to celebrating our seniors under the lights for one last time prior to graduation the following day,” said Patrick Smith, Springfield High School Lead Principal.
Triad will also host their prom outdoors, but specific details, including the location, are still being planned.
“We will follow all requirements in the latest Director’s Order such as masks, groups of 10 or less in one area, etc.,” said Triad Superintendent Vickie Hoffman. “We have decided to do prom outdoors after reading the guidance that was put out. It recommends having prom outdoors so we followed that guidance.”
Afton Osterholt, a junior on the prom committee at Triad, said she is “super excited” to be able to go this year since it was canceled last year.
Afton Osterholt, Triad Junior. CONTRIBUTED
Although Osterholt was a sophomore last year (sophomores aren’t allowed to attend prom unless they have an upperclassman date), she had planned to attend with her boyfriend who was a senior.
“My boyfriend is able to attend and get a little bit of his senior year back that was taken from him,” she said. “I feel horrible for last year’s seniors and how they got their end of senior year stripped away from them. I’m just happy that we are able to host a prom for this year’s seniors.”
As a member of the prom committee, Osterholt feels the seniors are happy to be able to have a prom this year.
“I believe this year’s seniors are very happy that we are able to have a little bit of that “normal” back into our lives,” Osterholt said. “I do believe they are sad about restrictions that will be put on at prom, as in masks and social distancing, but overall I believe that everyone is just happy to have something to look forward to.”
Several schools will still allow outside guests to attend their prom event, including Springfield, Kenton Ridge, Northeastern, Mechanicsburg, Triad and Urbana.
“Students will be able to bring students from other schools as long as they have appropriate forms filled out completely by the students attending from other schools,” said Kenton Ridge High School Principal John Hill.
Springfield will also allow invited guests in grades 10-12 from the same school or another school as long as permission slips have been submitted and signed by all guests and the school administrator, Smith said.
Clark and Champaign counties: Prom dates, times and locations
Clark-Shawnee - May 8, 7-9 p.m. at the high/middle school
Greenon - April 17, 5-8 p.m. held in the high school stadium
Kenton Ridge - May 1, 8-11 p.m. in the high school gym
Northeastern - May 8, 7-10 p.m. in the high school main gym
Northwestern - May 15, time and location to be determined
Southeastern - May 1, time and location to be determined
Springfield - May 28, 7-10 p.m. in front of the high school
Tecumseh - May 22, 7-10 p.m. in the high school parking lot
Graham - May 8, 8-10:30 p.m. at the Urbana Christian Conference Center
Mechanicsburg - May 1, 8-11 p.m. at the high school
Triad - May 15, time and outside location to be determined
Urbana - May 1, 8-11 p.m. in the high school dining commons and gym