In photos: Last dance at Dirigo High School
“We’re having a lot of fun considering how few people we have,” junior Jenna Gallant, 17, said after dancing for hours at her first high school prom.
That night, 88 students – juniors, seniors and their dates – attended Dirigo High’s prom at the Black Mountain ski resort in Rumford.
Dirigo is a small school of a few hundred pupils in Dixfield, and the Class of 2022 is the smallest in years, with just 35 graduates. The juniors on the dance floor that night in early May had only been several months in high school when the pandemic hit.
Hanna Schreiber, a 17-year-old junior, said she wouldn’t normally go to a school dance, but decided to attend this one because she lacks opportunities to make high school memories.
“It’s crazy how fast it happened,” she said. “I’m not ready for next year.
The students stayed on the dance floor for almost every song, surrounding their classmates who did fun dances together and cheered them on. Towards the end of the night, Pam Dean, who is both the high school principal and the district superintendent, crowned the king and queen, using the crowns the class of 2020 bought for their prom but didn’t. never got to use them.
Beth Edwards, a social studies and English teacher who helped organize the prom, said it made her happy to see her students having a normal high school experience after two years of anything but.
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Junior Jenna Gallant, 17, does makeup for her friend Emma MacFarlane, 17, while Kallie Errington, 17, gets her hair done by her older sister before the Dirigo High School prom.
Grace Robbins adjusts her earrings in the mirror at her home in Dixfield, where she invited her friends to get ready for the ball on May 7.
From left, Logan Timberlake, 16, sophomore, Bode Gray, 18, junior, and Joe Conron, 16, junior, pose in front of the car Conron drove for the big night before Dirigo’s prom Highschool.
Emma MacFarlane, Abbygayl Stevens, Kallie Errington, Jenna Gallant and Grace Robbins get ready to show off their dresses to their parents at Robbins’ before heading to the ball.
The parents and guardians take photos of the Dirigo High School friends before heading to the prom together.
Junior Grace Robbins, 17, left, and senior Abbygayl Stevens, 18, pose for a photo in front of Robbins’ father’s race car before the Dirigo High School prom.
Jessica Robbins fixes the train of her daughter Grace’s dress.
Junior Marissa Lapointe, 17, greets a friend with a hug as they arrive at Black Mountain in Rumford.
The students of Dirigo High School and their dates line up for the Grand March, a school tradition where all the students line up and are announced as they enter the ball.
The students start dancing at the start of the ball.
Alexis Coty, 16, sophomore, and Carlito Cepeda, 17, junior, dance.
Junior Marissa Lapointe, 17, and her date, Gabe Mason, 16, enter the ballroom after being announced at the Grand March.
Senior Ava Hood, 18, and Hunter Ladd, 19, pose for a portrait before the Dirigo High School prom.
Mason Ducharme, 18, a junior, and Lauren Tubbs, 16, a sophomore, are seated at one of the tables as the prom begins.
Senior Travis Ryerson laughs as Julie Melanson gives him a hug. Melanson and her husband came to the Great Walk to watch over their granddaughter, but also to see the many children Melanson had cared for at her local daycare center over the years. Ryerson is one of them.
The students do the YMCA dance.
Sophomore Alexis Coty, 16, takes a photo of Mason Ducharme, 18, junior, and Lauren Tubbs, 16, sophomore, in the background of the photo.
The students take a break from dancing.
Jenna Gallant, 17, and Bender Doeleman, 16, dance together.
Senior Abby Thibodeau reacts as she is announced as Dirigo High School’s prom queen.
The students laugh as senior Lucas Micks, right, and junior Bode Gray do a joking dance together.
Sophomore Logan Timberlake helps senior Lucas Micks with his prom king belt.
Two couples dance together at the end of the Dirigo High School Ball.
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