Old Orchard Beach junior Isaac LaChance, far left, checks in students from a list as they arrive at senior celebration, while junior Santino Perrone, far right, offers them hand sanitizer before they head inside the barn.  Buy this Photo

Kaitlin Halle, a senior, poses for a portrait in her prom dress at Old Orchard Beach High School a few days before the prom.  Buy this Photo

Students wait to have their portraits taken by a photographer before heading into the barn for food and activities. The seniors all received framed photos of themselves in their prom outfits after the senior celebration.  Buy this Photo

Senior Kelly Palkovic looks at her phone while seated at a table inside.   Buy this Photo

Isaac LaChance, a junior at Old Orchard Beach High, poses for a portrait in his prom suit at the high school on May 12. LaChance was on the prom committee and was one of the handful of juniors who worked at the senior celebration.  Buy this Photo

Santino Perrone, a junior at Old Orchard Beach High who was also on the prom committee, sanitizes students before they head inside.  Buy this Photo

Students gather around a fire pit outside on the patio. Prom adviser Stephanie Moutsatsos said finding a venue with ample outdoor space was one of the key factors in being able to have any sort of a prom night.  Buy this Photo

Students wear masks inside the barn.  Buy this Photo

A staff member counts up the votes for prom king and queen. The winners were announced at the end of the evening.  Buy this Photo

Two students dance together while wearing masks. The school told students there wouldn’t be dancing, but in the end, due to good weather and a spacious outdoor area, they were able to offer about an hour of dancing.   Buy this Photo

Shani Plante, a senior at Old Orchard Beach High, poses for a portrait in her prom dress at the school on May 12. Plante said she didn’t think there would be any end-of-the-year celebrations at the beginning of her senior year. “We’re doing a prom and we’re also having a somewhat normal graduation, so I’m just really thankful because I know last year the seniors weren’t able to do anything.”

Junior Isaac LaChance and senior Kaitlin Halle wait in front of the outdoor photo booth. The prom also had a hypnotist who performed and a caricature artist.   Buy this Photo

Students dance together outside. Prom adviser Stephanie Moutsatsos, who has known the students for years, said the senior class of 2021 is especially “tight knit” and that being able to host a night of togetherness and celebration was really important for the staff. “We wanted them to have the memory of that evening and of them all together as seniors.”  Buy this Photo

Girls look at their phones while standing outside overlooking the patio area.   Buy this Photo

Santino Perrone, a junior at Old Orchard Beach High, poses for a portrait in his prom suit at the school on May 12.   Buy this Photo

A student films three boys dancing together as the dancing winds down for the evening. After the music stopped, students headed inside for a slide show of photos and the announcement of king and queen.   Buy this Photo

Old Orchard Beach High seniors react after their principal and superintendent John Suttie tells them that their graduation would be held at the Seaside Pavilion . It is a longstanding tradition for the high school graduations to be held at the town’s pavilion, but due to social distancing and capacity rules, the 2021 graduation was scheduled to be held on the football field. The changes to the mandates allowed for the district to move the ceremony back to its normal home. “To them, that is the place where they graduate,” prom adviser Stephanie Moutsatsos said.   Buy this Photo

Jesse Lavigne is crowned prom queen. Lavigne was surprised and said she did not expect to win. She bought her prom dress in March 2020 for her junior prom and was finally able to wear it.   Buy this Photo

Prom king Zac LaPlante and prom queen Jesse Lavigne talk with Old Orchard Beach High principal and superintendent John Suttie before they take a photo together as king and queen.   Buy this Photo

Old Orchard Beach High students dance the cupid shuffle together. Prom adviser Stephanie Moutsatsos said that in a way the seniors-only event almost ended up better than a “normal” prom. “They came together in friend groups and they just enjoyed being with their class for the evening,” she said.  Buy this Photo

A group of students are illuminated by car headlights while they wait in the parking lot at the end of the night.  Buy this Photo

Class of 2021 prom king Zac LaPlante and prom queen Jesse Lavigne.  Buy this Photo


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.