Mackenzie Clark’s distressed bell-bottoms splay out on the sidewalk as she crouches low to the ground, her camera lens pointed up at a group of recently graduated high school seniors.
They huddle close together with their arms around each other, laughing and goofing around as Clark snaps photos.
Each one has their hair curled, faces done up — or as they might say — beat for the gods. They’re all clad in floor length ball gowns: the dresses they were supposed to wear to their senior prom.
All those special senior moments they’d looked forward to for years, the coronavirus pandemic took them away, and they all had a lot to say about it.
“I was like, ‘Dang. High School Musical lied,’” Natalie Barretto joked.
The group roared with laughter.
“It was sad, very sad,” Kyra Smiley said. “I cried.”
Mariah Morales nodded and added, “I wasted my money.”
Justine Orru said the end of the school year is usually the most fun. All the girls were looking forward to traditions like prom, graduation and those smaller moments with friends reserved for seniors alone.
“We were having a senior day and I think it was like our 4th and 5th period, the seniors would get to come out, like out of school, and we could just have fun and spend time together,” Orru said. “And now we don’t have it, so it kind of sucks.”