The North Bend Eagle


COVID changes don't stop NBC prom

by Nathan Arneal
Published 7/15/20

It had been 115 days since school was called off because of the growing coronavirus pandemic. It was now the middle of summer, and a Wednesday night, for crying out loud.

But the show went on.

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Three-and-a-half months after it was originally scheduled, North Bend Central hosted its 2020 prom July 8.

While many of the revelers appreciated the chance to sport a summer tan with their prom dress, reminders of the ongoing coronavirus crisis were sprinkled throughout, but it was better than nothing.

“It was fun overall,” senior Maddy Renner said, “but definitely different. It’s not what we expected, but it was worth it.”

Because the current Directed Health Measure issued by the state of Nebraska prohibits dancing, what is normally the highlight of the evening couldn’t be held.

“(The dance) was left out, but I understand,” senior Colton Wesely said. “They couldn’t do anything about it because of the guidelines. It was definitely something that I missed, but all in all, considering the circumstances it was a great experience.”

The evening started with a chicken fried steak meal catered by Leroy’s Steakhouse. To keep social distancing, only four people were allowed to sit at each table. Sophomore servers wore masks and gloves while distributing the meals.

Disney was theme of the evening, with Disney characters decorating the old gym. The junior class, who organizes the annual prom, hadn’t done any work since school got out. That changed last Tuesday when about 35 members of the class met to decorate. Some of plans, such as strings of lights and lanterns that were supposed to hang from the ceiling, didn’t survive the postponement.

“It was definitely more simple and toned down way more,” junior Hannah Williams said. “It was not like what we envisioned, but it was fine.”

A senior tribute video put together by Eagle intern and senior Abby Post was shown during dinner, and afterwards the Grand March was held. Normally held in the new gym, this year the Grand March was held outside. Promgoers were introduced at the west door, and then paraded around Tiger Arena and back inside the main entrance to Tiger Arena on the south side of the school. Keeping their distance, family and friends gathered on the practice football field on the west side of the school to get a look at the students dressed in their formal finest.

With no dance, the evening shifted straight into post prom following the Grand March.


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