Maren Sanchez was named prom queen at Jonathan Law High School’s prom Sunday night.
After the 16-year-old girl was stabbed to death at her school April 25, the day she would have gone to her junior prom, students at Law said they would name Maren the prom queen. They did indeed do that Sunday evening.
“Maren was named the prom queen in a touching and emotional moment for all of us,” Jonathan Law Principal Fran Thompson said. “Maren was most definitely with us and I know she is smiling.
“I believe this was a special night for remembering, healing and smiling. We certainly needed that,” he added.
Sunday was a busy day at local hair salons and other establishments as Jonathan Law High School students readied for their prom.
The prom was originally scheduled for April 25, but was postponed after Maren was killed just before first period class was scheduled to start.
Sources have said that Christopher Plaskon, then 16, stabbed Maren because she would not go to the prom with him. Plaskon was in court just last week, where he entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of murder. His attorneys said they expect to pursue that plea based on his mental health.
Facebook on Sunday carried messages of best wishes for the Jonathan Law High School juniors.
“The prom was a very special evening for everyone involved,” Thompson said. “The community support has been overwhelming. Salons and boutiques opened on Sunday for our kids. Florists as well. Spartacus the therapy dog joined us along with Miss Connecticut.”
A website post noted that Autumn Rose Flower and Gift provided free purple rose corsages and boutonnieres to students attending the prom.
Blades Hair Salon posted photos of the salon helping to ready girls for their big night, plus a display of purple balloons and an array of food laid out for their prom-going customers.
Purple was Maren Sanchez’s favorite color. Since her death, purple ribbons have decorated trees in town as a way of memorializing her.
Another posting stated that Styles International was offering free hair services for anyone going to prom.
The prom planning committee has a Facebook page, and on there encouraged the media to leave the students alone to enjoy their prom.
“We are starting to get inquiries from the media regarding prom location, etc.,” the posting states. “You will not see that information on this page. The prom is for you kids, and we hope the media will be respectful and understand that we’ve all been through a lot.”
Thompson credited Kelsey Burns, junior class advisor, and the class officers for doing an amazing job on the prom.
“Everyone looked terrific — the staff came out in huge numbers to visit the kids and to chaperone the event,” Thompson said. “Also, the DJ — Mike Martone — and his band donated a performance for the first hour of the prom. Two of our students accompanied the band on several songs.
“I am humbled and so grateful to send a thank you on behalf of the school to everyone who supported this special event,” Thompson said. “Our parents made the post-prom a wonderful continuation of the evening for our kids.”