Everything changed after the 14th of February. As soon as she was busy planning a festive night that meant the end of her classmates' high school career, Cordover suddenly found a tightrope to plan an event that was to find a balance between the memories of those were lost and lost allowed their classmates to break free after weeks of mourning and disputes, to keep the arms reform in the national spotlight.
"It's not the same anymore," Cordover said. "With all the sadness and healing that we have done, it's another way of capturing the reality of everything – it's not necessarily a celebration, it's a memory."
Many seniors were initially reluctant to attend the prom – a moment of such ease was unimaginable in the days after filming. But as the weeks passed, the upper classes were determined to keep their traditions intact.
"People said, 'We did not have our year ruined, we came back,' said Demitri Hoth, 18, a senior friend of Schentrup, and senior Nicholas Dworet and junior Helena Ramsay who were also killed. "It will of course be different," Hoth said a few weeks before the event, "and it will not be what it should be, but it does not mean we can not go."  Image: A prom goody bag for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student "/>
Senior Allyson Adak, 18, Her friend from the band, Alex Schachter, 14, had died during the shoot, and she planned to attend a prom with a band of bandmates, hoping the evening's energy would lift her spirits.
"You have that vision for a perfect graduation year, and if you do not understand it, you do everything in your power to make sure it's the best it can be." For the students, the memories are February 14th never far from the surface. "
When the fire alarm broke out that day, Saripalli initially thought a culinary class had burned a serving of brownies.
It was not until she saw SWAT teams and Broward Sheriff officers passing by and the lyrics began to come through that she realized that Stoneman Douglas had a shooter on campus.
Saripalli immediately wrote to her friends and asked where they were and if they were OK.
"The only person who did not respond was Carmen Schentrup," said Saripalli.
When she learned of her best friend's death hours later, she could not stop crying. Was the last thing she thought about – and weeks later, than other students. Www.mjfriendship.de/de/index.php?op…39&Itemid=32 Saripalli was not sure if she should attend, da Schentrup, who had been so eager, could not go
"In our entire group of friends she was most excited about this and the fact is that we go and she really wanted to go is hard," said Saripalli.
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The February Shooting Hit for Arielle Nielsen, a make-up artist who lives just minutes from Stoneman Douglas
In the following days she wanted to find a way to support the students, so she resorted to school to see if she could donate her services as a make-up artist. When she learned that nearly 600 seniors were expected, Nielsen resorted to a network of industry experts and asked for help.
What started out as an idea for a handful of students soon evolved into the Beautifully Strong Douglas Prom Makeover Event More than 100 volunteers worked to give some 150 students, including Saripalli and Cordover, a bit of glamor on the Saturday before the dance. A photo booth and make-up gift bags that were added to the prom for fun.