As longtime members of the PVUSD and the community of Watsonville, we take great pride in acknowledging the sincerest efforts of local and neighboring community agencies and businesses in making Watsonville High School’s 2023 Prom a reality!
Due to this winter’s weather events, WHS Activities Director Kristina Grantz was faced with last-minute cancellations and changes to the already planned Prom. Since the Prom’s venue, the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, was designated an evacuation center, Ms. Grantz had to make immediate changes for the Prom’s date, venue, catering…everything! She accomplished this in a week’s time.
With the help of local volunteers and student leaders, the WHS community affected by the evacuation was provided with dresses and a staging area, hairstyling and scholarships in order to attend the prom. More than 480 students boarded buses to attend Prom at the Stilwell Center at Fort Ord in Marina. All attendees were formally attired, enjoyed delicious, catered meals and danced the night away to pop and regional music! It was truly a memorable occasion for everyone!
Our most sincere thanks go to the following community agencies and businesses who contributed, on very short notice, to the Prom efforts in order to achieve the near impossible: Trudy’s Bridal, Watsonville YWCA, Watsonville Adult Ed Cosmetology, Gavilan Community College Cosmetology, Lupe Flores – Cut ’n Curl, Martha Valencia – Haircutz Plus, Mello Center for the Performing Arts, Anonymous Donor – funds for scholarships to purchase Prom bids.