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.