How The Prom Committee Set Up Prom


Rachel Eaton

Posters representing 3 of the Prom Court members, encouraging students to vote for them.

Aubrei Roland, Reporter

Amidst many other improvements regarding the COVID-19 pandemic within America, our seniors were given great news on March 26, with the announcement of this year’s prom.

The theme centers around Folklore, a concept designed by Marissa Moore, Emma Schudel, and Jaylie Echternacht.

“The main inspiration for “Folklore” was the increasing online and personal interests we had in “cottagecore” and similar aesthetics such as the “Enchanted Forest” prom theme. In particular, we were drawn to Taylor Swift’s current era of music and style which is where the name “Folklore” came from.” Moore said

Moore also mentioned how alongside the restrictions and location for the event, that a heavy focus for the theme surrounded nature.

“One of the major aspects of this theme is how much we lean into nature with it. There have been previous themes that have used greenery as more of an accent, whereas ours is really embracing the greenness of leaves and grass. With prom being outdoors this year as well, we thought this aspect of the theme would be very complimentary.” Moore said.

Within prom occurring during a pandemic, COVID-19 restrictions have factored into many aspects of the event. Such as the location and a mandatory mask rule, alongside social distancing guidelines.

“Masks were obvious but a dance with social distancing is an oxymoron. Instead, we needed to focus on a location that would be big and provide good ventilation, while also being a good place for a dance.” Hannah Nandor, one of prom’s sponsors, said.

Keeping in mind the COVID-19 regulations, Nandor commented how finding a location for prom was initially a stressor.

“The health department said we need around 56 ft² per person/couple that would be in attendance. Based on our typical prom attendance, even our gyms aren’t big enough to accommodate that requirement. There really aren’t many venues in Columbia that have that kind of space,” explained Nandor.

Adam Taylor, Battle’s principal, suggested the MU Health Care Pavilion, a spacious outdoor venue that offers weather sheltering.

Prom’s three sponsors Hannah Nandor, Sheri Parker, and Kristie Harms have worked together to put together this event. With only 6 weeks of planning going into this year’s prom, unlike the usual 3-4 months, they’re hoping to provide the class of 2021 with a stress free event to celebrate their last year at Battle, and also for making it through a year of hardships.

“We really wanted to do whatever we could to make this event happen because we know it’s a big part of finishing senior year.” Nandor said.

Moore, as one of the three who submitted the winning theme, is excited to see how the event comes together, to help make a lasting impression on this years graduating class.

“I’m just really excited to see how our plans came to fruition and see what the teachers cook up with their decorations.” Moore said.

Alongside wishing for a fun event for the class of 2021, Nandor offered hopeful words regarding this year as a whole, and prom itself.

“We all understand how hectic and uncertain this year has been, not only for our seniors but for all students. I hope that this event can bring at least a small sense of “normalcy” to the end of the seniors’ time in high school.”

Moore herself also left some words to her graduating seniors, alongside a reminder to those around her and within the community how important fighting COVID-19 is.

“This year kind of sucked as far as senior years go, but I just want everyone to remember that if we keep social distancing, wearing our masks, and getting the vaccines, things will eventually be better. Even if it feels to late for the class of ’21, we need to do it for the future senior classes.”