Bay High School holds prom in McKenzie Park

Published: Apr. 6, 2019 at 9:33 PM CDT
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Although Bay High School is still undergoing repairs, that's not stopping students from dancing in the streets, but it didn't start out that way.

Megan Todd, a Bay High staff member said, "After the hurricane, the Lynn Haven Country Club was destroyed, so we had to reevaluate and make some hard choices, it ended up resulting with us meeting with our commissioners and some local business people and we decided on giving prom a shot here at the park because our theme was 'Enchanted Garden.'"

So, Bay High held its prom Saturday night at McKenzie Park in Downtown Panama City, just down the street from the high school.

Students say, after the topsy-turvy school year they've had, prom is a welcome relief.

William Felder, a Bay High senior said, "It has been a really crazy year with this hurricane and everything and I'm just happy I get to have fun, relax, and get my mind off of everything, and just have a good old time with me and my friends."

Justin Brewer, another Bay High senior added, "Honestly it's kind of like getting over the hill and seeing the sunset. It's kind of hectic coming up, but as soon as you get up there and seeing it, coming to prom and being able to relax and hang out with friends and everything and your dates, it's pretty awesome. It's kind of like seeing the silver lining."

A little bit of normal and a lot of dancing can go a long way in making these Bay High student's feel a little more at home.

"It's about the students at the end of the day, everything we do as teachers is totally about the students," said Bay High teacher Logan Flint.

A historic high school, a historic location, and a night to remember for the Bay High Tornadoes.

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