WALLINGFORD — Prom season is still on for local high school seniors, with students and staff planning virtual celebrations.
The two high schools are holding separate events. Lyman Hall High School’s virtual prom is slated for May 22. Sheehan High School’s prom activities are slated for the week after Memorial Day.
Although school buildings remain closed due to the pandemic, senior class officers and advisers have met remotely to plan prom events utilizing the video live streaming service Twitch.
“We asked them, ‘what would the prom look like without kids?’” said Sharon Drossopoulos, Lyman Hall culinary arts teacher and a senior class adviser. “‘In your head, what do you see happening?’ And then it just started unfolding one idea at a time.”
Drossopoulos coordinated the distribution of prom gift bags and lawn signs to about 270 students from her home Friday.
The Lyman Hall prom is being funded through senior class dues, which usually go toward paying for the senior class outing. Drossopoulos said there’s no cost for the prom to the school district.
Drossopoulos said DJs from Sound Spectrum Entertainment, a Wallingford-based party and event production company, are hosting a live stream from the studio at Club Lucent. Participants can pop in during a three-hour window to see laser lights, fog shows, photo slideshows of memories, shoutouts to teachers and friends, prom photos and to hear their song requests.
For security reasons, the students won’t be interacting with the live stream. Drossopoulos and the other senior class advisers, Crystal Lavoie and John Popolizio, will be approving all photos shown on screen in advance.
Plans have been made so many prom traditions won’t fall by the wayside.
There will be a prom king and queen, nominated next week and voted on by the students. Two local photographers have volunteered to take prom portraits for free at the students’ homes.
The week leading up to the prom is school spirit week. Drossopoulos said there are contests, like sidewalk decorating or Tik Tok submissions, planned for each day with prizes.
Students are encouraged to make video conferencing calls to other students who would be sitting at their prom tables and take screenshots to submit as well.
There’s even going to be a pizza giveaway during the first two hours, with food being delivered to homes.
“It’s going to be awesome,” Drossopoulos said.
Plans for the other big springtime event — graduation — are still being finalized by district and building administrators, who are working with health officials to comply with the governor’s orders. More information on graduation is expected to be ready to share by next week, school officials said.