After initially being delayed and then cancelled altogether last year due to the pandemic, prom returns this Saturday night to Mid-Prairie High School with a theme of “Slow Dancing in a Parking Lot.”

Principal Jay Strickland says the students’ enthusiasm for prom to be back is very evident, but the excitement has extended to the community as well, “Last spring was really difficult for everyone with everything being halted and cancelled, everything being closed up, so I think it’s been good for people to slowly be able to get back in the swing of things and some of these longtime traditions and events to come back. I think it’s been great.”

Strickland says festivities start at 8 p.m. with the Grand March in the high school gymnasium, with the dance to follow until 11 p.m. in the cafeteria and post-prom activities starting at midnight in the Parkside Center of the Wellman YMCA.  He adds there are no COVID restrictions for outside prom guests, but they are limiting attendance for the grand march to four attendees per prom participant not including siblings, which has been the district policy for most of the school year. Masks will be required although students can remove masks for pictures.

You can hear more from Strickland during today’s “JJ Nichting Company In Touch with Southeast Program” on-air and online at KCIIradio.com .