Tony Lenchinsky, a senior at Lakewood Ranch High School, echoed the thoughts of many of his classmates at the Senior Prom.
"It feels like we finally made it," he said.
The celebration took place at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota.
"After everything we've had to put up with, it's nice to celebrate and be with all my friends in one place," Lenchinsky said. "It's magical."
Some students said the prom also is a bittersweet time.
"Prom, to me, is the last time before graduation that I get to be with all my friends before going off to college," senior Kate Tuchman said. "I like saying 'hi' to everyone and seeing what dresses everyone is wearing."