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The Lanier High School 2021 prom was definitely a night to remember. The dance took place on April 24 at the Sugar Hill Bowl next to Sugar Hill City Hall. Despite COVID-19 restrictions, including mandatory masks and an outdoor venue, Lanier students had a lot of fun dancing and conversing with their peers.

Although the weather was anticipated to be a clear, starry night prompting the theme of “A Night Under the Stars,” the forecast called for thunderstorms on the evening that prom took place. This caused an emergency change in plans where it was decided to put up a tent for the dance floor and table area. The night also included umbrellas at the venue stand, if needed. 

The event began at 7 p.m. and ended at 10 p.m. Midway through the dance, students were asked to evacuate the tent and into the parking garage because of the brewing thunderstorm. After minutes of transferring the DJ booth from the tent to the parking garage, the dance continued and students were able to enjoy their last moments of prom. 

Under the parking garage were photo booths where students were able to take photos with their groups or significant others and tables if they wanted to rest their feet. 

Esha Patel, a senior at Lanier, said she was pleased with the event and had a good time despite the weather. 

“I enjoyed it, I thought it was a lot of fun,” she said. “The music and setup was nice, and it was nice getting to have prom this year after it was cancelled last year. It was unfortunate that the dance got rained out, but it was still an amazing experience.”

Even though the night wasn’t as starry as anticipated, Lanier High School handled the event very well and provided a rather astonishing experience for their students.

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