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Parents host stay at home prom for Leon High School seniors

Posted at 5:51 AM, Apr 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 05:51:03-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — For the Class of 2020, Gov.DeSantis' major announcement means they likely won't get a chance to see many friends again.

Senior milestones like graduation and prom will be missed.

ABC 27's Jada Williams visited to Leon High School, to show us how classmates are creating their own high school memories.

"I'm the theater teacher at Leon High School, but tonight I am the photographer," said Lea Marshall, a Theater Teacher at Leon High School.

Capturing the moments of an unconventional 80's themed prom night.

"There's such an expectation for what your senior year is supposed to look like, especially at this time. And then that doesn't happen. And then a lot of people are in pain and hurting because of what's happening," said Everett Reed, a senior at Leon High School. "It's a weird experience, it's a weird new reality but we're making the best of it."

On what would have been their prom night with their entire class some Leon High School seniors celebrated with family on the front porch.

"I think it's sweet. It's the best we can do," said Reed.

Parents decorated the house even crafting a photo booth from the car trunk.

"I think we'll remember it. That's one advantage that we'll have over other classes. That might not remember senior year but we do," said Bryson Gonzalez, a senior at Leon High School.

Unexpected circumstances have changed so much for so many, but the outcome on Saturday night will leave a lasting impression beyond the pictures.

"I've gained much perspective from the experiences that I've heard from other people and people aren't safe right now. I think we can learn and appreciate what we have right now even it's not traditional what happens," said Reed.

And while Governor DeSantis announced Saturday that students won't return to the classroom, many are turning to technology to keep up with friends.

This way they can always stay connected, even if it's not in person.