March 24, 2021 – Collinsville High School has announced plans for Prom 2021 to be held Friday, April 30, 2021 at the Gateway Center in Collinsville.
“We’ve been working for several weeks to come up with plans for Prom 2021 that will comply with public health restrictions and guidelines,” said Collinsville High School Principal David Snider. “Thanks to the Madison County Health Department and the Gateway Center, we have organized a great event that will provide a much needed night of fun for our students AND keep everyone safe and healthy.”
This year’s theme is a Hollywood-style extravaganza: “A Night in the Spotlight.” To allow social distancing and minimize crowd size, prom attendance is limited exclusively to CHS seniors. Two sessions will be held: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm. There will be time in between to sanitize and re-set the ballrooms.
Doors will open ½ hour prior to each session to space arrivals and allow a special red-carpet entrance complete with paparazzi, glitz and glamour.
CHS junior class sponsor Michelle Fedorchak said, “We hope to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our seniors that’s as close to a traditional prom night as possible. We are excited about the VIP treatment we have in store to give them a memorable ‘Night in the Spotlight.’”
Collinsville Community Unit School District #10 Superintendent Dr. Mark B. Skertich said the district felt it was important to hold a prom for this year’s seniors, even if some traditions had to be sacrificed due COVID-19 public health restrictions.
“The Class of 2021 has had a challenging senior year and has had to forgo many activities they had anticipated throughout their school years. CHS has done an outstanding job to present a night our senior class can share, enjoy and celebrate in-person before they graduate,” said Skertich.
Prom attendees will be required to wear masks and stay within a designated VIP party space – or “Prom Pod” – of up to four people. This spacing will serve as a social distancing reminder, but still allows sightlines between groups and the ability for everyone to participate in dancing and other activities.
Thanks to the generosity of the City of Collinsville and the Gateway Center, prom tickets will be no more than $20 for each student. Tickets go on sale after Spring Break at CHS. Individual Prom Pods will be requested and reserved at that time. Groups of up to four students can make reservations together and request to be located near other friend groups.
The night does not include dinner, but will include entertainment, music provided by a DJ with an elite sound system, light show with special effects, photography and other surprises. Local businesses will be offering pre- and post-prom dining packages and discounts.
Watch for more information to be shared with students over the coming days and to be posted on the special “A Night in the Spotlight” page on the www.kahoks.org website.