Students dance to the Cha Cha Slide. The Junior class sponsors Bess Dotterweich, Tricia Campbell, and Micah Shepherd, along with other students helped over the course of two days to set up. (photo by Tricia Campbell)
Students dance to the Cha Cha Slide. The Junior class sponsors Bess Dotterweich, Tricia Campbell, and Micah Shepherd, along with other students helped over the course of two days to set up.

photo by Tricia Campbell

Upperclassmen finally get their night under the stars

May 5, 2021

Prom Coronation

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photo by Chad Mitchell Photography

The 2020-2021 Meridian High School Prom Court. This occurred on April 24.

Soon after prom was announced on March 24, students started to receive emails to vote for the coronation. In order to be on the ballot for prom king, queen, prince, and princess, students must not have an F in more than two classes and also not have been on homecoming court in the same year.

“I never thought I’d be on the ballot,” senior, Robert Le Cates said. “It is just a popularity contest and I never considered myself popular at all.”

An email goes out to seniors to vote for four girls and four boys to be on the ballot for prom king and queen. After the eight total seniors are chosen, they vote for a king and queen.

“When they announced the king and queen for this year’s prom court, I thought they said someone’s name wrong,” Le Cates said. “But when people started looking up towards me it reassured me I had actually won king and they didn’t make a mistake.”

Some students hoped the French foreign exchange student, Victoria Muller, would win.

“I was hoping that Victoria would win since she’s our foreign exchange student,” senior and prom court candidate, Lyric Greenwood said. “I’m really glad that she won.”

When Muller found out she won, she was shocked and excited at the same time.

“I thought people would just vote for someone who has been here since the beginning,” senior, Victoria Muller said.

Greenwood thought it could be fun to be prom queen since it’s senior year. However, she “was not surprised or upset” when she didn’t win.

CJ Scott, senior football player and prom court candidate, said it would have been nice to be nominated king, but wasn’t mad when he didn’t win because he knew his classmates were happy about their win.

“I really didn’t care who won, I’m just glad we got to have a prom and even more glad to have a post-prom,” Scott said.

Junior ballots are set up the same as seniors. However, they vote for the prom prince and princess. Haylee Wilson and Robbie Sheumaker were the winners among the juniors.

“When I was nominated I was nervous at first [because] I’d never been nominated for anything like this but after a day or two I was excited,” Wilson said.

Despite all of the emotions Wilson felt, she says to be the prom princess was not very stressful at all.

“I was mostly surprised when I got nominated and when I won it was unexpected,” Sheumaker said.

Senior prom king and queen candidates:

CJ Scott, Jeremiah Renfro, Robert Le Cates, Colin Heidemann, Lyric Greenwood, Victoria Muller, Audrey Wise, and Anna Enlow

Junior prom prince and princess candidates:

Robbie Sheumaker, Graham Meisenhelter, Grant Meisenhelter, Lucas Clapp, Haylee Wilson, Lizzie Snow, Lucy Snow, and Katy Hendricks.

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Prom Dance

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Students dance the night away under the stars at the 2021 prom.

In an email sent out by Mr. Hurelbrink, prom was confirmed to happen at 7 p.m. on April 24. This news excited many students and raised some concerns for others.

Senior Lyric Greenwood, who was also on prom court, expresses how she feels about prom.

“When I got the email I was really surprised because I wasn’t expecting anything normal to happen this year. It made me so excited and now all I can think about is prom,” Greenwood said. All my friends talked about for the rest of the day was prom and how we were so excited about it.”

As the question of COVID-19 arose, Greenwood expressed her confidence. 

“I am not afraid of COVID-19 affecting prom because I think we are taking all the proper precautions before and during the dance.”

When prom night arrived, students piled into the gym, but were they taking the proper precautions? Junior Maria Steiling observed several students not taking proper precautions.

“My mother is extremely at risk of dying from the virus, my mask was kept on because it’s the right thing to do and I need to protect my family,” Steiling said.

Another thing on everyone’s mind was how prom was going to be set up. Since prom did not happen last year, it was mostly set up by parents of the 2021 class. Class sponsor Sheila Rappé was largely in charge of prom as well. 

“Several activities already had the deposit paid and we were able to switch the event reservation to this year.  We had two major fundraisers – the Hawk face masks and Beef House Rolls – to raise money for the remaining balances, prizes, and food,” Rappé said.

Large numbers of parents came together to make prom and post-prom happen. There were over 20 parents of the class of 2022 who worked on various activities including different stations at post-prom, staying up with the students. 

In the end, prom and post-prom for the year 2021 were ultimately a success. With dancing, an escape room, laser tag, and inflatables, students had a great experience. This sliver of normalcy provided something familiar for the class of 2021 and 2022.

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