Enchanted Forest was the theme of the Portland High School 2021 Prom held April 17 at The Barn at Spring Lake Farms. The event was organized by the prom committee led by Rena Brackin-Loza. Over 280 students registered on line to attend the annual event sponsored by parents.

Brackin-Loza, who has worked with the prom committee for several years, said, “I feel very blessed to have a prom committee every year. That’s what made it the best.”

During the evening, the students voted for their choice for king and queen. Zachary Meadors and Isabella Dunivan won the honor this year. The prom included the traditional senior walk with the seniors walking through an area similar to an enchanted forest.

Meadors said, “I just wanna say that I had an amazing experience and I would’ve never expected that I would have gotten prom king, but I am so happy that I did. Thank you to all of my friends and everyone who voted for me and my girlfriend Isabella. It made the night so special. I also wanna thank all the parents who put countless hours into it just for us kids. Everything looked amazing and was perfect.”

Dunivan said, “My prom experience this year was by far the best one. Despite all the chaos with COVID and having a not so fun senior year, having prom and being with my classmates allowed me to have fun and forget that chaos. Being voted and crowned prom queen was very unexpected. I was shocked. However, it was a bitter sweet moment and I’m thankful for my classmates who voted for the king and I. I wouldn’t have wanted the night any other way.”

The past school year has been another difficult year for high school students with the

pandemic affecting their activities at school. The prom is a special night for juniors and seniors, which leaves good memories, as they close out the year.

Senior Eme Loza said, “Prom was beautiful and a wonderful experience altogether. I think it was amazing that we were able to have a junior and senior prom given the circumstances this year. As a senior, it felt great to be able to have a sense of normalcy after the year that we have gone through as a class.”