Chaparral High School seniors plan ‘Sail Away’ prom this summer

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Seniors from Chaparral High School invite their classmates to attend the “Sail Away” private prom, Friday, Aug. 7, in San Diego. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Graduating seniors at Chaparral High School have planned a private prom, since the Temecula Valley Unified School District canceled all school events due state and county orders concerning the coronavirus pandemic. The senior “Sail Away” prom will take place Friday, Aug. 7, at 7:30 p.m. aboard the Hornblower yacht in San Diego.

Temecula Valley Union School District began distance learning April 6 due to the coronavirus pandemic. As teachers and students navigated a new way of learning toward the end of the school year, they realized that many important events would have to be put on hold, including graduation, yearbook signing, senior movie night and senior sunset and prom. Chaparral High School held a virtual graduation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of Chaparral seniors.

Taylor Silva, along with her friends in ASB have planned a private prom for Chaparral High School’s 2020 graduates. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Temecula Valley Union School District said in a statement, “While we realize it’s difficult to conceptualize anything other than traditional graduation, we want to go into more depth about how unique the virtual ceremony can be.”

While graduation was not a traditional ceremony, it happened nonetheless. Prom, however, came with challenges of its own, as per county order, schools and buildings have to remain closed through June 19.

“We had all just finished applying for college, and the acceptances were just starting to come in,” Taylor Silva, graduate and Associated Student Body representative, said. “It was an exciting time and this was supposed to be the beginning of the exciting part of our senior year. I wish that I was able to sign my friends’ yearbooks and be with them more.”

Silva wanted to give her senior class a night to remember. She brought up the idea of planning a private prom with her friends in ASB. They liked the idea and agreed to help make it happen, she said. They formed a planning committee which included herself, Morgan Stebens, Vincenzo Montesano and Kaylean Huynh. While they are saddened that they missed out on many events due to the pandemic such as yearbook signing, senior movie night and senior sunset, they said they were excited to be able to have a prom of their own.

Taylor Silva, left, and Morgan Stebens are part of the committee that planned a private prom to be held on the Hornblower in San Diego. Valley News/Courtesy photo

“I really wanted to make sure seniors got the opportunity to say goodbye to each other,” Silva said. “We have watched and waited since freshman year to reap the rewards of our senior year.”

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Samantha Cox can be reached by email at valleystaff@reedermedia.com.