TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Landing at Fort Harrison on Friday hosted a prom for local students.
As COVID-19 forced school to move to an online format, halted high school sports, and postponed or changed graduation, some local high school students say recent months have been filled with emotions.
“I was literally in tears, like it brought me to tears because this was my year,” said Cameran Marlar, Terre Haute North senior.
While the event is not sponsored by the Vigo County School Corporation, Friday, Terre Haute North juniors and seniors were able to have a prom.
The event was put on by staff at The Landing at Fort Harrison, with the idea coming from students themselves.
“I was approached by a Terre Haute South and a Terre Haute North student and they wanted to have prom because that’s kind of closure for their senior year,” said Andrea O’Rourke, manager at The Landing.
In the midst of a pandemic, measures were put in place to ensure the safety of the event.
This includes limits on the number of students who could attend, among others.
“We are checking every guests temperature when they come in and then we’re asking if anybody has the COVID symptoms that they not come,” O’Rourke said.
Some say after learning that they would be able to have a prom experience, some of the emotions of an altered senior year turned into excitement.
“I was cheering and everything. I told my mom and dad and I had tears running down my face because I was happy,” Marlar said.
The Landing also hosted a previous event for Terre Haute South.
When asked about her thoughts on the outcome of both proms, O’Rourke says they have exceeded expectations.