May 24, 2022 Local Stories in and Around St. Joseph, Illinois

SJO to host event for seniors

The administration at St. Joseph-Ogden High School wants to give their seniors some sense of normalcy. 

 “The decision to have some type of event for our seniors really stems from wanting to give them something that resembles normalcy as their time as SJO students comes to an end,” said Principal Gary Page.   “While all of our students have had to endure difficulties due to the circumstances around COVID 19, our seniors have had everything that is a senior year either taken away or altered beyond recognition.”

Page said the district thought it was important to hold something that resembled a prom to help the seniors find closure.

“If we didn’t have a prom, the current senior class would have never had the opportunity to have a prom,” he said.  “With everything that has transpired this year they haven’t even been able to be together as a class to support each other through what was very much an emotional roller coaster.”

Page said the students have taken all the rules and regulations in stride and have made the most out of the various situations they have faced. 

“Knowing this we knew we had to figure something out for them and give them an event where they could all be together as a class and enjoy some time together at SJO,” Page said. 

Page said the administration realized a completely traditional prom would not be safe and could jeopardize in-person learning, extracurriculars and a formal graduation ceremony. 

“It was ultimately decided we could put together a formal event here at the school that would allow our seniors to get  the chance to have something that resembled a prom,” Page said.  While we won’t be able to have a dance, have dates from outside the senior class, or have our underclassmen be a part of the event, our seniors will have the opportunity to get together as a class and enjoy each other’s company and hopefully have a memorable experience to cap off what has otherwise been a very difficult year.”

The event will take place on May 1 and will take place in a large banquet tent on the south lawn of the school. Students will arrive at 5:30 p.m. and be screened for COVID-19 symptoms, a formal picture opportunity will take place in the south wing of the school and dinner will start at 6 p.m. with teachers serving as servers. 

Coronation will take place at 7 p.m. with the event concluding by 7:30 p.m. 

Parents are planning a post prom event that will take place from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the commons, gym, band room and football field. 

Banner
Related Posts

Five questions with Game of Tiaras Mallory Wagner

October 24, 2021

October 24, 2021

What is the best part of this show?I think the best part of the show is the scene with the...

Daniels named Fine Arts Student of the Month

January 30, 2019

January 30, 2019

Emmy Daniels loves to create beautiful music. That’s why she loves chorus. “It is an opportunity to come together and...

Community Garage Sale dates set

February 26, 2019

February 26, 2019

The St. Joseph Spring Community Garage Sales will take place April 11-13. People wanting to place ads can email sromero@news-gazette.com....

Live at SJO School Board

November 19, 2019

November 19, 2019

We are live tonight at SJO school board. It is a full audience today at school board. On the agenda...

Fundraising planned for Splash Pad

September 23, 2021

September 23, 2021

Former Mayor BJ Hackler used to talk about three things when talking about why people should move to St. Joseph....

SJO fourth quarter honor roll

June 2, 2021

June 2, 2021

Freshmen Alewelt, EdwardAllinger, KadenArmstrong, AdenBott, MyaCarter, PaytonChahine, MayaDenhart, GarrettFrasca, JosephGoldenstein, GraceHayes, JayciMaroon, CarsonMcBride, SethSantiago, DanielWilson, SpencerWright, Mitchell Sophomores Adams, MadisonAlwes,...

Champaign County Forest Preserve District asking for input on new interpretive center

July 2, 2020

July 2, 2020

The Champaign County Forest Preserve District is holding a virtual public meeting to seek input on the study being conducted...

St. Joseph Middle School Announces 7th Grade Honor Roll

April 16, 2019

April 16, 2019

7TH GRADE HIGH HONORS Logan Allen Owen Baltzell Addisyn Barclay Samantha Beetz Kyler Brown Chloe Burkhalter Rachel Divan Joseph Frasca...

Weekend Family Fun Guide July 19-20

July 19, 2019

July 19, 2019

Our Family Fun Weekend Guide, sponsored by Island Travel Group & Events, features three fairs and festivals! July 19 Champaign...

SJO announces students who earn Fall Sports Letters

November 19, 2019

November 19, 2019

Golf Joseph Acton, Sr. Payton Grimsley, Sr.Riley Myren, Jr.McGwire Atwood, Fr.Maddux Carter, Fr. Jacob Kern, Fr.Jack Robertson, Fr. Cross CountryAlly...

Opening address by Indira Robinson

May 18, 2021

May 18, 2021

Hello, it is my pleasure to be able to welcome staff, family, and friends to the Saint Joseph-Ogden class of...

‘Students were excited to be back’

August 19, 2020

August 19, 2020

Heritage High School Principal Corey White said the school’s first day had a typical first day feel, with a few...

St. Joseph MIddel School 7th Grade High Honor Roll

November 9, 2021

November 9, 2021

Ahart, Lillian Barbee, Zhou Bello, Abigail Burnett, Colin Clark, Elizabeth Crider, Abigail Dahl, Hayden Davis, Iris Farber, Madison Franzen, Nolan...

White reflects on time at PVO

May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

By DAVE HINTONRantoul Press editor ROYAL — Earlier in the week, Vic White, retiring superintendent of Prairieview-Ogden school district, said...

SJO could return to full in-person instruction

March 3, 2021

March 3, 2021

St. Joseph-Ogden High School is starting to plan for the future. Superintendent Brian Brooks said the school is looking into...

Comments
Leave a Reply