Story by WVUA 23’s Chelsea Barton.

Many of the normal high school memories that students would enjoy have been wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic, but one local family didn’t let this unprecedented time rob their Northridge High School senior.

Haeli Word was surprised when her father Lance asked her to join him and their family for a quarantine style senior prom. The family had a special dinner, took prom pictures and danced the night away.

“They got me good,” Haeli said. “My dad gave me the promposal with flowers and I cried. We danced and sang and had fun. At the end, they actually crowned me and my dad prom queen and prom king. It was just so much fun.”

Lance was excited to help give his daughter a memory that she would’ve missed out on.

“Just being able to be there to help her cross that bridge, take her to dinner see those tears of joy made my day as well as my wife’s,” Lance said. “It is her senior year and you just want to celebrate that moment where they are coming towards the end, but just the beginning of their life.”

The Word family thanks their pastor Rev. Jeffrey Thompson for posting their special story on social media.

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