As the school year comes to a close, high school students around the country are finishing up final exams and enjoying graduation ceremonies. Some are also celebrating the arrival of summer with dances and parties.
A video filmed by Hope Knudson and Karly Brown Productions captures the celebrations of several hundred Latter-day Saint teens from northern Virginia who participated in a Mormon prom on June 3 in Maryland.
“Each year congregations from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) in northern Virginia organize a regional prom for high school juniors and seniors," according to the description below the Vimeo video. "This year about 600 youth gathered to Glen Echo Park. Thanks to all those who organized and participated."
The McLean Stake, Woodbridge Stake, Centreville Stake, Ashburn Stake, Mount Vernon Stake, Oakton Stake, Annandale Stake and Winchester Stake invited all high school juniors and seniors ages 16 and older to attend. The students were not required to have a date to attend the dance, but they were encouraged to attend the dance with friends in a group.
Attendees were asked to register online and review the standards and dress code for the dance. They could also request a song to be played at the dance.
“One of the things that makes this dance different and unique from other proms is the high standards at which those in attendance agree to abide,” according to the Northern Virginia Mormon Prom website. “This formal event requires participants to adopt the dress and behavior guidelines from the 'For the Strength of Youth' pamphlet (a standards guide for all youth of our church, given to us by our prophet). This means all in attendance must dress modestly and respectfully, abstain from any alcohol or drugs, use clean language, and dance respectfully and appropriately.”
Kelsey Schwab writes for the Faith and Family sections of DeseretNews.com.