CHICAGO — Michelle Obama is helping to give students a prom.

Obama’s nonpartisan organization, When We All Vote, and MTV will host a virtual prom event for the class of 2020. and Northeast Philadelphia’s Abraham Lincoln High School will be taking part.

The event is meant to boost the spirits of the students whose proms and graduation ceremonies have been canceled due to COVID-19 as well as shine a light on registering and voting in the national election in November.

MTV’s Prom-athon is also being held in partnership with the 2020 Prom Challenge which Obama publicized in February by sharing her own prom photo.

The event is scheduled to kick off May 22 with an all-day, on-air takeover on MTV featuring prom-themed throwback movies and short-form original content highlighting the winning schools and students.

At 9 p.m. ET a virtual prom party will live stream on MTV YouTube and include surprise celebrity guest appearances and live performances from major artists.

The event also serves to celebrate 20 winning high schools and students who organized the most creative nonpartisan voter registration efforts across the country.

Along with Philadelphia’s Lincoln High School, those winners were:

Dobson High School — Mesa, Arizona

Western School of Science & Technology — Phoenix

Norte Vista High School — Riverside, California

Compton Early College High School — Compton, California

Community Charter Early College High School — Lake View Terrace, California

Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School — Washington, DC

Hialeah Gardens High School — Hialeah Gardens, Florida

Meadowcreek High School — Norcross, Georgia

TF North High School — Calumet City, Illinois

Muchin College Prep — Chicago

Communication and Media Arts High School — Detroit

Cass Technical High School — Detroit

John F. Kennedy High School — Winston-Salem, North Carolina

R.J. Reynolds High School — Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Valley High School — Las Vegas

STEM Academy at Showalter — Chester, Pennsylvania

Building 21 High School — Allentown, Pennsylvania

Westbury High School — Houston

Golda Meir High School — Milwaukee

The former first lady surprised the student leaders from the schools Wednesday in a private Zoom call where they learned about their wins and received congratulations for their efforts and impact of their work.

According to a press release about the Prom-athon, four million Americans are scheduled to turn 18 between now and the 2020 general election in November.

CNN

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.