- Seniors at Newburgh Free Academy have finished their classes, but have yet to graduate. That event will take place this week.
Last week the seniors had the potential to be lost in a sort of melancholy limbo, where they could mourn the departure from their beloved school.
Instead, students were busy getting prepared for one of the biggest nights in their young lives - senior prom.
On Friday, June 15th NFA students were all abuzz with senior prom - that piece of American cultural folklore that holds such a special place for graduating students.
For years, the prom has offered NFA seniors the chance to dress up, take pictures, dance and enjoy a meal with their fellow classmates. For many, this event marks one of the final times they will be together as they begin the transition from high school to post-high school life.
“On prom I want to feel happy and satisfied,” said Crysanthe Gianiodis. “This is my reward for years of hard work and dedication to my studies.”
Gianiodis was one of ten NFA seniors to win the “You’ve Been Prom’d” contest. The contest, gave the ten young ladies custom-made dresses, footwear, handbags and jewelry by Nine West, and hair and make-up by Elizabeth Arden’s top stylists.
The contest winners arrived at Anthony’s Pier 9, the locale of the senior prom, in a converted trolley car. Other seniors arrived in limos, some in vintage cars and one in a Rolls Royce.
“I just want to spend it with my friends and enjoy it,” stated Gianiodis about senior prom. “I want it to be a night I can look back on while in college or during my adult years and smile remembering the happy memories.”
One of the night’s most memorable moments was when Mirna Wilson was named Prom Queen and Shaundre Broomfield took Prom King.
“I would like to thank all my classmates who took the time to nominate the 2012 Prom King and Queen. Prom was truly an unforgettable experience that I will cherish for a lifetime,” Wilson said.
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