Simply months after a February faculty taking pictures, which claimed 17 lives, and the scholars of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School got here collectively on Saturday (Might 5) for his or her prom.
In line with NBC Information greater than 100 volunteers participated within the Beautifully Strong Douglas Prom Makeover Event and provided their skilled make-up and hair providers, freed from cost, to the scholars attending. Different native organizations and companies together with the Westin Fort Lauderdale Seashore Resort, distributors, and a DJ additionally agreed to mortgage their venue and providers without spending a dime.
College students attending the dance, together with Emma González, Delaney Tarr, Lauren Newman, and Sofie Whitney posted photos of the night’s dance utilizing the hashtag: #msdprom18. Posts on social media additionally captured contained in the Westin, with college students posing in selfies straight from the dance floor.
Along with promenade preparations and actions, the scholars attending took a second to honor the seniors who died. NBC Information stories that the dance included an memorial space for the 4 seniors (Meadow Pollack, Nicholas Dworet, Joaquin Oliver, and Carmen Schentrup) whose lives had been misplaced. In a tweeted picture of the memorial, faculty principal Ty Thompson wrote “keeping our Seniors who couldn’t be here in our hearts, we will always remember.” Further actions of remembrance included 17 seconds of silence to commemorate the 17 lives misplaced, and a launch of butterflies deliberate for the tip of the night time.
One pupil Carley Ogozaly additionally used her style alternative as a method of memorializing her good friend. Carley defined in an interview with The Miami Herald that she was carrying a pink gown Meadow would seemingly have worn. “This dress is completely Meadow; her whole family and friends have confirmed that. And that’s why I’m wearing it today — because Meadow couldn’t,” she mentioned.
In an interview with NBC Information, class president Julia Cordover defined the significance of the night, saying: “With all the grief and healing we’ve been doing, it’s another way to take in the reality of everything. It’s not necessarily a celebration, but also a remembrance.”