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Tri-State Schools Struggling on Prom Decision

With prom season coming up, many seniors are wondering if the decades old high school tradition will be called off, like last year. And school districts really are handling things differently. In Warrick -- all three high school proms were canceled -- but over in Hopkins County -- seniors will be able to put on those dancing shoes -- although they have to stay in groups of eight to ten for the whole night.

Posted: Mar 4, 2021 8:37 AM
Updated: Mar 4, 2021 9:04 AM

“You always look forward to your senior prom,” said Signature School senior Rebecca Samuel.

And she still does not know yet if she’ll be able to go to prom this year.

It’s a tough decision many school districts are struggling with even with COVID-19 cases decreasing and vaccinations up.

“It’s definitely a hard thing -- but we’re also responsible for keeping our community safe and playing a part,” Samuel said. “And I know for me, I’m really grateful to be in school at all.”

Over in Warrick, Boonville High School students were able to participate in a homecoming court Saturday.

But Principal Mike Whitten says, they are joining the other two high schools in the corporation in missing out on prom.

"The social distancing went down from six feet to three feet,” Whitten said. “Which might help a little bit. But I don't the last time you went to a dance but you aren't going to stand three feet away from the person you are dancing with."

In Madisonville, seniors will get to participate in a socially distanced Maroon Masquerade in May.

But face masks are required.

And in Henderson, prom is not off the table just yet.

They have a committee searching for ways to have a safe dance.

“I think trying to come up with more creative ways -- some newer ways that we haven’t seen before is a really exciting opportunity,” Samuel said. “Despite losing things you’ve been looking forward to for four -- five years.”

And if prom is cancelled for Signature students, Samuel says some things are worth missing out on.

“Having prom is kind of an accessory to going to school,” she said. “And while it would be really nice -- we have to play a part in keep our neighbor safe -- if that means not having prom -- that means not having prom.”

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