11 months ago

A teenage girl told me what it’s like to miss a prom night because of a pandemic

11 months ago

Eleanor Roosevelt HS student Lyla Shapiro (17) was scheduled to attend the graduation party on June 5 with her boyfriend Teddy Wellissaris, a sophomore at Syracuse University. But the prom was canceled because of the coronavirus.

The girl who was upset about the cancellation of her prom night because of the coronavirus pandemic, she says: “It’s weird that I’m not gonna have a commemorative photo from prom night. And it’s weird to finish school without prom. It feels like we won’t have a logical graduation. My dress was sent on May 1, the day graduation night was canceled. At the beginning of the school year, my friends and I agreed on the flower dresses we wanted.

My color was light pink, but after several months of searching, I couldn’t find anything I liked. That’s when my mom found this $238 champagne-colored Fame & Partners dress. We ordered it in February. It’s much more elegant than many other prom dresses.

I would do my hair at the Kolorbar beauty salon on the Upper West Side and makeup at Sephora. After taking a few shots with Teddy in the backyard of my Upper West Side home, we would go across town to take rooftop photos with my friends. From there, we planned to go to the prom site: Maritime Parc restaurant in Jersey City. There would also be an after-party there before we saw the sunrise over the East River Strait from John Jay Park.

Now Teddy and I can get dressed up and take pictures just for fun. And maybe next year, when it’s safer, we can get together for some event where my friends and I can put on our outfits. I will never forget the coronavirus outbreak because it was my senior year.”

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