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June 13th, 2012

Ten NFA seniors get “Prom’d”

TV personality Kelly Cutrone (fourth from left) traveled to NFA to meet the young winners of the “You’ve Been Prom’d” contest, who won custom dresses, footwear, handbags and jewelry by Nine West, and hair and make-up by Elizabeth Arden’s renowned stylists. Hudson Valley Press/CHUCK STEWART, JR.
Newburgh - The month of June is busy for high school seniors. There are things like senior skip day, final exams and graduation. And somewhere in-between those events is the senior prom.

Seniors spend months looking through fashion magazines, hoping to create a memorable look for their once in a lifetime event. Most young ladies have been dreaming about the prom for years. On that night, every young lady wants to feel like a princess.

“I’ve always wanted to look like a princess on my prom night and perhaps have the chance to shine,” said Newburgh Free Academy senior Rachel DiCesare.
DiCesare is a member of the Prom Committee, which has been working hard to make the senior prom a magical event.

Every detail is set. Anthony’s Pier 9 will be the venue. Mardi Gras will be the theme. The DJ, decorations and food have all been selected. But what will she wear?

That is a question she has been pondering along with some of her classmates. DiCesare, like most people these days, had to work with a very limited budget and wasn’t sure if she would have the prom look of her dreams.

Then, she entered a nationwide contest on Facebook, and won.

Kelly Cutrone, a New York Times best-selling author and TV personality, arrived at NFA last Wednesday to announce that ten young women from NFA had won the makeover of their dreams, with custom-made dresses, footwear, handbags and jewelry by Nine West, and hair and make-up by Elizabeth Arden’s top stylists. It was the final ingredient DiCesare and the other young women needed for an unforgettable prom.

DiCesare stated, “We all want to make the most of it on our last night together, since most us will be moving on to different schools after many years together.”
Cutrone and her team from Nine West and Elizabeth Arden spent the afternoon creating a unique look based upon each girl’s personal style. From head to toe, each is sure to arrive at their senior prom this Friday with style, grace and sophistication.

“I want my prom to be the best memory to cherish from my senior year with all of my friends,” said DiCesare. “This is a moment that I want to share with my daughter someday.”

The ladies also received a gift bag that included the book “Prom” by documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark, the latest beauty products from Elizabeth Arden, a journal to document their journey and a mini survivor kit with all the day-of essentials to make sure they’re prepped for the big day.

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