High schoolers able to return to prom as US fights pandemic

Young people dance during prom at the Grace Gardens Event Center in El Paso, Texas on Friday, May 7, 2021. Around 2,000 attended the outdoor event at the private venue after local school districts announced they would not host proms this year. Tickets cost $45.

Timothy Koons wears a homemade mask as he attends the Lower Dauphin High School 2021 prom at the school in Hummelstown, Pa., May. 8, 2021.

Young people attend prom at the Grace Gardens Event Center in El Paso, Texas on Friday, May 7, 2021. Around 2,000 attended the outdoor event at the private venue after local school districts announced they would not host proms this year. Tickets cost $45.

Attendees pose for a photo at Norwayne High School’s prom grand march in Wooster, Ohio.

As afternoon rains receded, Owen Gee takes in the view from the sunroof as he makes his way down the red carpet at Jacksonville’s Night to Shine. The drive-thru celebration was part of an annual special-needs prom revamped because of the pandemic.

People dance as they attend Fulton High’s prom held at The Standard in downtown Knoxville on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

Friends pose for a photo as they attend Central High School’s prom at the Mill & Mine in downtown Knoxville, Saturday, April 3, 2021.

Sienna Pritchard, center, says goodbye to her family as she meets up with friends as they go to prom on Friday in Whitehall.

Students arrive to the Gibbs High School prom at the Mill & Mine in downtown Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday, April 9, 2021.

While wearing their prom gowns, students peer through the scoreboard at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats minor league baseball stadium in Manchester, N.H., on Monday, April 26, 2021. After a year without proms, school districts across the country are debating whether they can safely hold an event that many seniors consider a capstone to their high school experience. The nearly 300 student senior class of Manchester’s Central High School are waiting to get approval from the city’s board of health so they can have their prom at the outdoor venue, due to COVID-19 concerns.

People dance as they attend the Hardin Valley Academy’s prom held at The Venue in Lenoir City on Friday, April 30, 2021 in Knoxville.

Students arrive for York Suburban’s prom, which was held in a tent on the football field on Friday, May 7, 2021 in York, Pa.

Scenes from the Carter High School prom at the Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

Scenes from Fulton High’s prom held at The Standard in downtown Knoxville on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

Students attend the Academy prom, at L&N STEM Academy in downtown Knoxville, Saturday, April 17, 2021.

Friends pose for a photo as they attend Central High School’s prom at the Mill & Mine in downtown Knoxville, Saturday, April 3, 2021.

Melissia Leonard, left, the mother of Jensaya Leonard, 18, assists her daughter in choosing a prom dress at Rockin’ Frocks April 30 in Northfield Center in Akron, Ohio.

Students attend the Academy prom, at L&N STEM Academy in downtown Knoxville, Saturday, April 17, 2021.

People arrive at Union County High’s prom held at the Jackson Terminal in downtown Knoxville’s Old City on Friday, May 7, 2021.

Friends pose for a photo as they attend Central High School’s prom at the Mill & Mine in downtown Knoxville, Saturday, April 3, 2021.

People dance as they attend the Knoxville Catholic Prom, Friday, April 23, 2021.

People dance as they attend Career Magnet Academy’s prom at The Lighthouse on Saturday, May 1, 2021 in Knoxville.

Students dance during the West Lafayette prom at Riehle Plaza, Saturday, May 1, 2021 in Lafayette, Ind.

Friends pose for a photo as they attend Central High School’s prom at the Mill & Mine in downtown Knoxville, Saturday, April 3, 2021.

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