CHARDON, Ohio — For the students of Chardon High School, it is a night to remember.
“We are getting into a limo and going to the Rock Hall for prom! I can’t wait for the dancing. And Cobra Starship is my favorite band,” said Dylan Loder, a senior.
The school was the winner of Rock Your Prom, a local contest for the prom of their dreams.
“More than half of the votes came from people who were not from Chardon. Just to know that so many people supporting us is amazing,” said Alex Jernejcic, senior.
Jernegcic is the prom date of Dominick Parmertor, the brother of victim, Danny Parmertor.
For Chardon shooting survivor, Nick Walczak, it’s another move forward.
“I’m ready to do some dancing. I’m excited for the music and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” said Walczak, a junior.
“This night is going to be really special. This is something that not many people get to do,” added his girlfriend, Brittany Hokes, junior.
School officials say they worked with Kiss-FM, Rock the House Entertainment, and Rock Hall to plan the event.
However, the school requested that it be a private event so that the students had space and time to enjoy the event.
“It’s bittersweet. There’s always the memory of our three students. We wish they were here,” said Andy Fetchik, principal.
For many students, it’s an exciting end to a very difficult school year.
“I really feel like these kids, when they found out about it, it changed the year for them. We just jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it,” said Gabe Saporta, lead singer for Cobra Starship.
And while some students will graduate and move on, this is a night they will always cherish.
“It means a lot. It means people care, people were paying attention,” said Loder.
“We just really need to show them how strong we’ve really became since everything happened. Chardon is such a close community. It’s mind blowing seeing all the love,” added Hokes.