For generations of American youngsters, it has been a sturdy ceremony of passage — one that usually brings a heady swirl of angst and nervous pleasure.
But this yr, California excessive schoolers instructed me that their proms had been completely different. After the scholars had spent the higher a part of a yr studying from house, the occasions had been websites of unfettered pleasure and reduction, freed from drama.
As Sienna Barry, a senior and the scholar physique president at Petaluma High School, put it: “Why have drama on the one night you get of senior year?”
Over the previous a number of weeks, Maggie Shannon, a Los Angeles-based photographer, attended the proms of 4 excessive faculties unfold throughout 4 areas of the state to seize the emotional, colourful, exuberant scenes for The New York Times. I talked to college students later about what having the ability to attend promenade this yr meant to them.
PictureStudents getting ready for the Dos Pueblos High School promenade.Credit…Maggie Shannon for The New York TimesPictureThe Fowler High School promenade.Credit…Maggie Shannon for The New York Times
There had been many reminders that promenade this yr wasn’t regular, together with masks specifically made to match robes. Many occasions had been held open air, and vaccination or a detrimental coronavirus take a look at was required for entry.
Nevertheless, the teenagers instructed me that the yr aside made promenade an opportunity for a poignant reunion and a chance to have fun not solely ending highschool, but in addition making it by way of the worst of the pandemic.
In Fowler, a Central Valley city simply southeast of Fresno, the place college students had been decked out in cowboy boots and hats, promenade was an opportunity to minimize free with classmates who’ve turn out to be like household over a few years of dwelling in the identical group.
“It had been such a long time since we’d all been together,” Komal Sandhu, the scholar physique president at Fowler High School, instructed me.
PictureEncore High School seniors waited on stage to hear the announcement of their promenade king and queen.Credit…Maggie Shannon for The New York TimesPictureFowler High School juniors and seniors celebrating.Credit…Maggie Shannon for The New York Times
The proms weren’t completely devoid of stress, although. Students and directors had a lot much less time than regular to plan the occasions.
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And for some, the uncertainty meant placing collectively the right look in a rush.
“It’s not like back in the day when you’d wear your grandpa’s suit and call it a day,” Marco J. Gochez, a senior at Encore High School in Hesperia, instructed me.
He had ordered a glittery go well with on-line, nevertheless it didn’t match when it arrived. So he and his mother rushed to Macy’s, and he had to accept what his mates instructed him was a extra political vibe.
“It was fine though,” Gochez mentioned. “I was just living my politician fantasy.”
At the proms, the fashions had been as diverse as the teenagers themselves. Revelers of all genders donned fits. Crocs weren’t an unusual sight alongside heels and sneakers.
Everyone, the scholars mentioned, was prepared to dance.
“It felt like the pandemic wasn’t even a thing,” Gochez mentioned. “It felt like, this is what it would’ve been like all year.”
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PicturePetaluma High School’s promenade.Credit…Maggie Shannon for The New York Times
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