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Plant High School senior finds a way to celebrate prom during COVID-19

Alexis Perno
Posted at 1:03 AM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 09:20:05-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Many things are missing for high school seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friends, final classes and prom.

Plant High School senior Alexis Perno she still wanted to celebrate.

Her mom encouraged her to put on her prom dress and take a photo shoot. So, that is exactly what she did.

On what was supposed to be her prom day, Perno got all glammed up for what is sure to be a memorable day.

"I did my makeup, I dressed up, it was really fun," says Perno. "We went in the backyard, took photos with my dad, my dog it gave me back something that I had been missing and it was really fun."

Graduation is next. While no announcement has been made, she is staying positive.

"Picking up the announcements was really cool and they're really pretty and I'm just hoping. You know I was definitely upset over prom but I cried about it for a few days and I moved on," says Perno. "But, if I had to choose between prom and graduation, it's graduation all the way."

Hillsborough County Schools have yet to released any official confirmation on what the district is going to do about graduation yet. Perno is expected to graduate on May 21.

No matter what occurs, she is heading to the University of Utah in the fall, majoring in Communication with an emphasis in Journalism.