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Washoe County Student Reactions To Prom Cancellation

A close up of a person’s hand, who’s wearing a black tuxedo, putting on a corsage with a white flower and purple ribbon on the wrist of a person wearing a purple dress.
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Prom can be an important moment for students, but with cancellations due to COVID-19, many are left without this experience.

School-sanctioned proms were canceled across the Washoe County School District this year due to the pandemic and many students were disappointed. As the school year draws to a close, KUNR Youth Media reporter May Wells spoke to some of her fellow classmates about this issue.

High school is full of so many opportunities for fun and hanging out with your friends, whether that’s homecoming dances, prom or sporting events. But due to the pandemic, these experiences are being postponed and restricted.

Students at Spanish Springs High School, like junior John Scarberry, see prom as a “textbook high school experience.” He ended up going to an alternative prom off campus.

“I really enjoy dancing and hanging out with friends, and I think that’s a really memorable experience. No one should miss out on that,” Scarberry said.

Despite some students being enthusiastic about school events, others are not intrigued by them. Pandemic or not, Spanish Springs junior Aiden Sosa probably wouldn’t have attended anyway.

“They’re sort of a waste of time, in my opinion, but I am an antisocial person. And I’ve never been one for big events,” Sosa said.

As the state and country continue reopening and lifting restrictions, and more vaccinations occur, we’ll have to see if these events return next school year.

May Wells is a junior at Spanish Springs High School. KUNR’s Youth Media program partners with the Washoe County School District to train the next generation of journalists.

The photo included in this story is licensed under Flickr Creative Commons.

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