Will Wayne County high schools have proms this year? Not exactly – Palladium-Item

Crowns for the Hagerstown prom king and queen re displayed before the school's prom in 2017.

RICHMOND, Ind. — Wayne County high schools didn’t have proms in 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the final few months of the school year.

Last year’s seniors were deprived of the traditional dance and many other pre-graduation celebrations, and the Class of 2021 has endured even more gaps of that sort during an entire school year unlike any other.

But while some local high schools once again won’t host proms due to health and safety concerns, others have approved alternative gatherings in effort to give seniors as exciting a finale as possible while still maintaining a healthy environment.

Here are local high schools’ plans for 2021 prom:

Richmond High School

As COVID-19 cases and infection rates have improved in Wayne County, Richmond administrators worked on ways to give their seniors opportunities to safely celebrate their impending educational achievement.

The school recently approved its plan to hold a “socially distanced formal catered dinner” 7-10 p.m. May 15 in the Tiernan Center. Attending students will be provided dinner from Old Richmond Inn, as well as “entertainment, door prizes and other fun activities,” according to Principal Rae Woolpy.

Hagerstown High School students attended their 2018 prom "A Moment in Time" on Saturday, April 28, at Hartley Hills Country Club.

“We can get dressed up, we can have kings and queens. Even though they might