QCUSD's First-Ever Unified Prom

two girls dancing together

Last week, Unified students participated in the first-ever Unified Prom.

Students from Eastmark High School (EHS) and Queen Creek High School (QCHS) attended the dance with the goal of inclusion and having fun.

"My goal for this event was to just give these kids a prom," says Lauren Ripley, a junior at QCHS. "Let these teenagers be teenagers and enjoy every part of the high school experience! And, I wanted these kids to create memories for them and their friends and families all to remember."

Girl and boy dancing together

The idea of the Unified Dance came during a discussion about putting on an event for the students. A prom came into the conversation and a plan was made to hold the first every Unified Dance.

Ciera Thompson, a SPED teacher from QCHS, says several clubs and departments came together to create the dance.

"[We] had a few of the clubs help out," says Thompson. "Key Club sponsored most of it, the Theatre Department donated funds, Culinary Department and their culinary students provided the snacks, and we had a ton of volunteers from Key Club and Student Council come on the day of."

Two girls smiling at dance

The departments and teachers weren't the only ones who had planning and setting up to do. On the morning of the event, Unified students were in their classrooms getting ready, doing their hair, doing their makeup, and just enjoying being high school students.

Both schools plan to hold another Unified Prom next year, with hopes of making it bigger and better by inviting other schools to join QCHS and EHS.

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