Prom is a rite of passage for many high schoolers; should happen if safe, possible

It was supposed to be a night of nights, one we would never forget– senior prom. At 6 years old, I watched “High School Musical 3,” and it was then that my dreams of prom night arose. I was awestruck by the dresses, dancing and seemingly perfect night that Troy and Gabriella shared. Every high school student deserves to experience this. Unfortunately, for a majority of seniors across the nation, they will not be able to celebrate the highly anticipated day due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, the fate of Crown Point High School’s prom is up in the air, but even the thought of not having a senior prom is heartbreaking. 

For most preparation for prom had begun. Girls typically spend months picking out what they believe to be the most beautiful dress. Some, like myself, have been picking out dress options since middle school. Those who had already bought their dress or tux may never have an event to wear them to, and if they do, it would feel wrong. That dress was purchased with a vision to turn heads during the grand march, and the tux was meant to look dashing on the dance floor.  

Not only do seniors miss out on wearing their dream outfit, they now have to wonder if they would’ve ever been asked. People dream of getting asked by a grand gesture better known as a promposal. Now, you’ll never know if that boy or girl who has been secretly wishing to ask you all year would’ve done it. 

Unlike graduation, prom isn’t a reflection on past years or somber in any way. It is the culmination of fun and freedom for a teenager. This is it for us. We will never get another night with our peers dressed to the nines without a care in the world. The memories made at senior prom are irreplaceable– that is how it’s meant to be. In our case, that’s what makes it so hard to accept that we could not have a prom.

Prom is a rite of passage for us seniors. It’s a coming of age ceremony that separates the end of high school from whatever worldly experience comes next. Without prom, high school does not feel complete.

Elizabeth Gonzalez
Elizabeth Gonzalez is a sophomore at Crown Point High. She has been in journalism for two years now. This is her first year on staff. She loves to portray people’s lives through feature stories. She loves the excitement of being on the field capturing the best moments and pictures. Inklings aside, Elizabeth is Sophomore class president and officer of the speech and debate team. She is also involved in Crown Point’s theatre. Other clubs she is involved in include Code Red, Best Buddies, PULSE, Key Club, Girl Scouts and BioMed Club. Elizabeth is the co-founder of a new pro-kindness club at the high school called The CURE. After high school, she plans to go to college the medical school to become a Neonatal surgeon.

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