Sheldon High School salvages prom night

Prom night is a rite of passage most high school students never forget. That's especially true for the class of 2020. This year's prom for Sheldon High School is going virtual amid the pandemic.

Posted: May 23, 2020 7:08 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Graduation and prom are rites of passage for so many high school students. Although the pandemic abolished any hope for an in-person prom, Sheldon High School is not letting the night go to waste. The celebration will just look a little different than in years past.

“I remember saying I hope prom is not canceled but of course when the school year was closed for the rest of the year and furthermore, we just assumed that’s what happened,” said junior class president Mazie McNamara.

The Graduate Eugene hotel was the original site for the Sheldon prom. But for obvious coronavirus related reasons, changes had to be made to those plans. So instead the students will enjoy the night in front of a screen, watching a Great Gatsby themed live stream.

“I don’t know if 500 people want to jump on a zoom call and just stare at each other for a couple hours,” said McNamara. “So that's why the live stream idea was formed.”

“People at first thought having a virtual prom was kind of a joke. But I think the more we advertised it and explained what was actually going to go down, the student body was really excited about it,” said senior and executive communications officer John Henley.

Henley designed a two hour live stream so students can get together with their given friend groups to enjoy music, raffles, the prom court announcement and a senior tribute.

“Prom is something people look forward to their whole high school career and remember it for years to come. So by providing this live stream, it’s got students excited about something, said Henley. “It’s not going to replicate the real prom but it will be a lot of fun regardless.”

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