Doorways and Pathways, Prom 2020

Prom 2020

Ryan Merrill and Delaney Anderson rock the Pandemic Prom in style with their coordinating masks.


With COVID-19 cancelling many plans, Margo Adams and Jenni Adams, co-Prom sponsors, along with AHS principal Jared Cecil and some junior parents worked to not cancel Prom for Algona High School students. They came up with an alternative plan for Prom this year instead of cancelling. They chose the theme: Doorways and Pathways; open the door and take a different path. A different path is exactly what AHS students did this year for Prom on Saturday, June 20th, from 1:00-5:00.

AHS juniors and seniors, along with their dates, signed up online for times and started out at Algona High School for outside Grand March type pictures. From there, they were given multiple photo locations to attend. Locations focused around the doorway and pathway theme and included: 615 E. North Street, 706 N. Thorington Street, 322 S. Jones Street, 2301 Eastland Drive, the bike path off of Finn Drive, in front of Sbemco, Call State Park, 808 S. Minnesota Street, 402 Eastland Circle, the corner of Tietz and Blackford Street, and more! All locations were supplied with volunteers as representatives to maintain social distancing, help with traffic control, and hand out tickets. All but three of the sites had photographers present to take pictures of the couples and groups of six or less.

The After Prom committee purchased $7,000 worth of Algona Chamber Bucks. Each AHS junior or senior student who participated was able to collect a portion of the Chamber Bucks.  At each photo location, AHS juniors and seniors who participated received a ticket. They put their name on the back and could turn in up to five of these tickets at the prize table upon completion of their Prom. The After Prom committee then drew from those tickets for raffle prizes, which included TVs, Airpods, more Chamber Bucks, an air fryer, and several other prizes that were purchased by the committee or donated by local businesses. All donations were collected pre-pandemic. Junior parent and organizer, Emily Lampe, commented, “We did not solicit anything from businesses during or after the quarantine. Both the school and the After Prom committee felt it was important to use our funds, much of which was donated by local businesses, to give back to those businesses.”

The drawing for the bigger prizes was videoed and is found on the school’s social media sites. All pictures from the different locations can be found here and social media sites. While this was different from the traditional way of having Prom, it was a great way for students to get out, get dressed up, and have fun!