This 2020-2021 school year, there was quite a twist on prom: COVID-19. High schoolers all around the country had been eagerly waiting most of their lives for their special prom night, only to have it canceled due to the pandemic. Due to these drastic changes, this year’s prom was definitely something many will remember.

“I was devastated when I found out that Naples High was not going to provide a prom this year,” junior Victoria Lee said. 

Since juniors’ year was cut short in 2020, they were extremely disappointed as seniors when they missed prom once again. Therefore, parents took it upon themselves to hold their own prom for their high schoolers.

“I feel that by having proms at home it was more comfortable and safe for students,” junior Aurora Nichols said. 

Many parents decided that if the schools were not going to provide their children with the opportunity to attend prom, they would do it themselves. Some parents, like Naples High parent Karen Lee, were kind enough to have their student’s friends over to celebrate an at-home prom. These at-home proms did not disappoint. 

“My mom was more than happy to open her home up to my friends to celebrate our prom and I think she was happy with how everything turned out,” Victoria Lee, daughter of Karen Lee, said. 

Many pictures from students all over the county were posted on their social media accounts this year while celebrating at-home proms. These events will remain as a memory for many from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“I really wanted to go to a normal prom this year, but the prom my friend had at her house was still a lot of fun,” junior Macy Miles said. 

Although there has been a lot of talk about plans for next school year, many were just happy that they got to experience some kind of a prom, instead of cancelling it altogether. 

“I can’t wait to tell my kids about how, even with a pandemic going on, we still found a way to have fun,” Nichols said.