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FAST Administrator Amanda Sinnott, peer mentor Elizabeth Ives, and DJ Lyons

Written by Jenna Needham

What happens when an online students attend a prom? A night of enchantment, of course! The Insight School of Oregon (ISOR) and Oregon Virtual Academy (ORVA) partnered up to create a night to remember for their students which involved a free “Enchanted Forest Masquerade” themed prom.

Debunking the myth that virtual students miss out on socialization, Amanda Sinnott, who is part of ISOR’s Family Academic Support Team said, “This seemed different from a regular prom because there were no kids sitting on the sidelines. Students made sure everyone was dancing and having a good time.  It was a very inclusive event. It made me cry happy tears when I got home!”

The prom featured a DJ, pictures, beautiful clothes, and of course, dancing. Over 80 students showed up to this- the first prom they were able to attend for ISOR and ORVA. A peer mentor from one of the schools had “ice-breaker’ events planned in case students were shy, but they ended up not having to do any because everyone was dancing together and talking to each other all night!

“At prom we brought the music down during the middle of the night and let everyone know we were going to crown prom king and queen… It was very suspenseful,” explained Ms. Sinnott, “We then announced that everyone there was royalty and our chaperones proceeded to hand out tiaras and wands to all students! It was the highlight of the night for me.”

This was truly a memorable night for all of the students and staff of ORVA and ISOR who attended. There is even video of the event!

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