Seniors Deserve Their Own Prom

Seniors Deserve Their Own Prom

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Madison Tinsley started this petition to PHS Prom Committee and Administration

The word “unprecedented” does not do this year justice. It was absolutely chaotic in every way, shape, and form. The previous class lost a lot, but somehow, they do not hold a candle to what the class of 2021 endured. If we refer back to March of 2020, the class of 2021 lost their junior prom when school was called off for two weeks to flatten the curve. Little did anyone know, the call off would last longer than two weeks. Since then, the list of events and experiences canceled for the current senior class have piled up. 


Over the summer, student athletes were so excited to go back to sports, only for them to be shut down a week in. When the last first day of school for the seniors came around, it was spent in our own homes, on our devices, erasing any means of excitement and memories that day could have had had it been in person. There was no homecoming spirit week, as there were no students to enjoy it in the typical school setting. Along with this, there was no Powderpuff game, parade, pep rally, or homecoming dance… and that’s just referring to homecoming week. Along with this, the attendance for athletic events took a significant hit as extended family members could no longer attend to watch their loved ones participate in their sports for the last time. 


When school went back in October, the amount of athletes and academic students that missed out on activities and events due to contact tracing were unreal. For the students that chose to stay virtual, there was a huge disconnect in the communication between them and their teachers as well as administrators. Many kids missed out on vital information due to this. Even though this was an unprecedented time for both students and faculty, important information could have still been shared throughout the school year instead of just at the beginning and end. Furthermore, academic/merit based events were taken from the class of 2021. Academic competitions were held virtually, taking away yet another experience for students. DYW, originally a junior event, had been canceled, but was going to be brought back for the senior ladies, so they could still have the opportunity to earn scholarships in unique categories. A week into that, the sponsor canceled. After this, a completely different person emailed the ladies asking if anyone was still interested, but some of the ladies never received an email. Now that prom has finally been given the green light, seniors don’t even get to plan it themselves. Tradition says that juniors are to plan it as a “gift,” but the Class of 2021 didn’t get a chance to do that either.


All the seniors want is to enjoy this highly anticipated night with their favorite people. We have already lost out on so much this year, so we are asking that seniors and their dates, no matter the grade, have priority. We completely understand the junior class wanting to have some normalcy, for we all want normal. However, the junior class will likely get their senior prom with significantly less restrictions, and have a chance to be as close to normal as possible. Seniors want to enjoy their last chance of fun at high school before leaving all together, and their prom will do just that. The Class of 2021 has been controlled by everyone but themselves; please let this be the opportunity we are in control. Thank you for your time and consideration.

 

 

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