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Prom, Superintendent’s Banquet, and Other Senior Events Postponed

March 26, 2020

PROM, GRADUATION AND OTHER SENIOR EVENTS POSTPONED -- Centrals Class of 2016 stands in their caps and gowns during their ceremony.

Celisia Snakenberg

PROM, GRADUATION AND OTHER SENIOR EVENTS POSTPONED — Central’s Class of 2016 stands in their caps and gowns during their ceremony.

Due to the recent pandemic that has put the world on pause, many seniors are worried about how they will end their high school career. Many school events have been postponed, while other events have not, and there is still an air of uncertainty surrounding the situation.

“I’m not as devastated as other people about the dates changing. I understand completely why they are happening,” said one senior, Mayra Salgado, “As long as prom and graduation are not cancelled, I really won’t be mad.”

The mandatory Tennessee (TN) Promise Webinar is due April 3. Students should have received an email requesting them to watch the webinar that contained a link to the video. The video must be watched in its entirety in order for students to remain eligible for the TN Promise scholarship. To view the webinar, click here. For more information about what the Tennessee Promise the  and what institutions it covers, click here.

At the moment, the Superintendent’s Honor Banquet has been cancelled, and a new date has yet to be decided. The Superintendent’s Honor Banquet is held in order to recognize students who have achieved a spot in the top ten percent of the senior class.

May 7 is the current date for Class Night. The location is at Bayside Baptist Church, and the event is set to begin at 6:00 p.m.

Senior Night will be hosted on May 8 at Central High School at 9:30 a.m.

Prom will now be held on May 9. The location is still at the mill and it will still be from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Tickets are still on sale for $50.00 each, and both seniors and juniors are allowed to buy tickets. Contact Tina Cotreau via email in order to purchase prom tickets. To contact teachers, use this directory.

On May 12, seniors will finally get to walk across the stage and receive their high school diplomas. Students must attend graduation practice, which begins at 9:30 a.m. The graduation ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m at the McKenzie Arena. Although this set date has not changed, many students have been worried about graduation and wonder if they will be able to experience the ceremony. 

“As long as graduation happens mostly on time, I’ll be alright with other senior event dates changing,” said Grant Scutt.

For now, school will be closed until April 24. Students will resume their classes on April 27.

Administration said that it is up to students and their families to decide whether or not to cancel their dress and tuxedo orders. With the uncertainty regarding being able to return to normal classes, no one is sure that students will be able to finish the 2019-2020 school year in class. They recommend that students check with store policies on return information. If students do return their clothing and the events do not end up being cancelled, administration will allow for “alternatives to formal attire” at school events such as Senior Day and prom.

Seniors that have not yet ordered their yearbook can do so here.

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    Emily BradfordApr 3, 2020 at 3:01 PM

    It’s a shame that the seniors are going through this. I keep on hearing that they might not even walk across the stage, which will be awful. I’m not even a senior and that makes me upset. It’s sad to see that because of this virus, many people are being affected for the worse.

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    lenarisApr 3, 2020 at 12:12 AM

    i hope the seniors are able to walk the stage

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    Jason GrimesApr 2, 2020 at 6:42 PM

    It is sad that the seniors have worked hard for so many years, only for them to not be able to experience their senior year

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    Landon RogersApr 2, 2020 at 6:03 PM

    Online classes have given Us Seniors a whole new set of problems besides just having to graduate, hope the virus goes away soon

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    Julie LopezApr 2, 2020 at 4:39 PM

    I feel really sorry for the class of 2020, they won’t get to have the experiences that they´ve been waiting for 12 years.

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    Jacob leftwichApr 2, 2020 at 3:19 PM

    I feel like this is a bad time for the seniors because they have came along way to not be able to receive these things.

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    Jacob EddyApr 2, 2020 at 2:44 PM

    I feel bad for the seniors that don’t get the full high school experience they deserve. The end of the year is supposed to be eventful, but now a lot has been ruined since this pandemic started.

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    Jaylon OnealApr 1, 2020 at 10:40 PM

    i hope all the seniors get to have prom graduation they have worked extremely hard for that day to come

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    Nicolas BurroughsApr 1, 2020 at 8:06 PM

    This is a great school year for me so far because as a Central High School student I came along way to be here what I need to be and to be a senior to graduate and go to The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Thank you!

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    Nekiyah JonesApr 1, 2020 at 7:09 PM

    I really do hope the seniors can experience the excitement of walking the stage and not worrying about everything else that is going on around them. i wish the best for the class of 2020.

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    Eric milchakApr 1, 2020 at 1:15 PM

    i hope these seniors get a popper graduation for all their hard work over the years i would be very upset if i was a Senior in 2020

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    jaylin darosaApr 1, 2020 at 11:38 AM

    thats tough

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    Macey LedfordApr 1, 2020 at 11:31 AM

    I feel awful for the class of 2020 as a whole. I think, “if i started school a year earlier, I’d be in there shoes.” and that’s crazy to think. All students go to school for at least 12 years just to walk across that stage and get their diploma. Yet, these students worked so hard all of their life’s’, just to get a virtual copy of it. While, I know it’s frustration, I know our seniors will still succeed in the future.

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    Keyaera RiversApr 1, 2020 at 8:53 AM

    I feel so bad for the seniors cause they have been working their butt’s off to get to where they want to be. The place where they want to be is McKenzie Arena May 12th all they want to do is walk across that stage and have that possibly ripped away from them is a feeling the classes below them could never understand.I pray that they get to walk that stage.

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    Maggie Bo SauderMar 31, 2020 at 6:15 PM

    Best of luck to all the seniors out there. it’s a tragedy that all of this had to take place at the end of the year.

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    Jaylin TeagueMar 31, 2020 at 6:14 PM

    The seniors worked really hard this year and for them not to get what they deserve is sickening

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    Kassy GriffithMar 31, 2020 at 4:18 PM

    It is such a scary thought that prom and graduation could be cancelled due to this saddening pandemic. The seniors all look forward to these events as they grow up and get close to finishing high school. We all feel for the graduating class of 2020.

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    Eric milchakMar 31, 2020 at 3:06 PM

    i hope these seniors get a popper graduation for all their hard work over the years

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    Will GoldenMar 31, 2020 at 2:58 PM

    So I wonder if they will still have all these events for seniors since its their last year.

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    Tanysha WareMar 31, 2020 at 12:28 PM

    This virus is really scary, and who knows when its going to go away? I’m really hoping the seniors get to graduate because they’ve worked so hard to just not graduate.

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    Solomon WilliamsMar 30, 2020 at 11:54 PM

    It is crazy how seniors are having to have most of their senior events and senior year stripped away from them and I was wondering if they will ever be able to make some of the events up.

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    Zoey GreeneMar 30, 2020 at 7:48 PM

    My heart goes out to all the seniors who fear the end of the year. None of the students from the other grades, myself included, could ever understand your burden. While things seem very difficult, your story is not over yet. Do not stop writing now. We are all here for you. I watched a lot of you change for the last three years that I have been there. I never lost hope for you then, and I do not plan to now. Keep your heads up and your smiles bright. This too shall pass.

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    Garnett HubbardMar 30, 2020 at 4:08 PM

    the senors just really worked hard all 4 of their years and can’t do nothing. Wish nothing but the best for seniors.

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    Garnett HubbardMar 30, 2020 at 3:41 PM

    I really hate it for seniors, they worked so hard this year and they can’t even experience the things other seniors got to do

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    Ashlee SmithMar 30, 2020 at 3:22 PM

    Great informing article! I really hope the seniors are able to live out those important events! We’re all in this together!!

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    Megan BlaiseMar 30, 2020 at 2:05 PM

    I’m only a junior, nut I do worry for the senior’s graduation. I got to watch my sister walk across the stage for her graduation and was so special for both of us. I would hate it if the seniors weren’t able to do it this year.

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    Megan BlaiseMar 30, 2020 at 2:03 PM

    I’m not a senior but I do worry if graduation won’t happen. I know how amazing it is to get to go through that momentous night. I got to watch my sister walk across a stage and it was such a great memory.

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    Elizabeth McGuireMar 30, 2020 at 1:05 PM

    I feel bad for the seniors this year because they won’t get to do things that they’ve been looking forward to their entire highschool career. I wish them the best!

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    Grayson CatlettMar 30, 2020 at 12:48 PM

    If prom and graduation have to be cancelled, could they be moved to a later time over the summer? It does mean school events would happen outside of the school year, but events like senior prom and graduation would be tragic to miss.

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    Daja IsomMar 30, 2020 at 11:53 AM

    I cant really give and opinion on the seniors and how they’re going to spend the rest of their school year, but i wish them the best and hope every last one of them succeed in life.

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    Morgan WattsMar 30, 2020 at 11:15 AM

    How would students get their refunds on prom tickets if prom got canceled?

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    Erin BellMar 30, 2020 at 11:14 AM

    I really hate that this years seniors won’t be able to experience a normal senior year like everyone else.