Parents Club to host senior party

Addie Palmquist
Feature Editor

Graduated seniors James Hickey, Lilly Ortinau, Mary Claire Wolk and Ella Castleman celebrate finishing high school at last year’s Senior Party on June 24, 2020, at Brookdale Farms. The theme was Adventure Awaits, and COVID-19 Safe Operating Guidelines were observed. Photo courtesy of WGHS Parents Club

While the status of prom remains in question, Parents Club plans to host the annual Senior Party at Brookdale Farms May 15, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. so long as graduation occurs May 14. 

About the party, Parent’s Club chairperson Vikki Sanders said, “We want you and your families to know that your safety, and ultimately your health, is at the forefront of the planning… Masks will be mandatory at the party for everyone at all times other than while eating. Seniors and parent volunteers will be screened by temperature and likely a couple of questions prior to leaving school by bus (which is optional) or arriving at Brookdale Farms. The staff working at Brookdale Farms will take precautions including mask and glove wearing and disinfecting surfaces that are being touched by multiple people.”

Lunch, games, prizes and more will be available to students at the party. The Parents Club is looking for volunteers to help out and donations to help fund the event. 

If conditions permit it, prom this year is scheduled for April 17, at Union Station and graduation will take place at Chaifetz Arena on May 14. 

About the status of prom and graduation, principal Dr. Matt Irvin said, “As of today, prom and graduation are on as scheduled at Union Station and Chaifetz respectively.   Current COVID restrictions would not allow us to have either program as originally planned however.  We do plan to have some form of graduation on May 14, and will share information on format as we get closer to the event.” 

About the possibility of a modified prom, senior Sophie Blake said, “Regardless of any safety precautions taken, unnecessary, large gatherings are objectively unsafe… Strict enforcement of social distancing would take away the most fun part about prom…it just makes more sense across the board to stay home this year and choose a different option.”


Addie Palmquist – Feature Editor

This will be Addie Palmquist’s first year on ECHO staff, but she made several contributions while taking journalism class her freshman year.


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