By Isabela Supovitz-Aznar
Many people were surprised to hear that Senior Alexis Beckton made her senior capstone creating the first Prom King and Queen at SLA.
Alexis was confident in her capstone idea, but didn’t feel completely secure with it. “I didn’t have a lot of support between staff and some of the students,” she said. “I was nervous that my capstone wouldn’t be completed.”
Earlier in the spring, she took a poll of all of the seniors during a grade-wide meeting, asking how they felt about having a prom king and queen. The majority of the grade was for it.
“Anybody could submit applications, but there were requirements you had to meet at the gate,” Alexis explained. The requirements included “good GPA, good presence on social media, no suspensions this year.”
As her project progressed, people at SLA began to accept and embrace the idea of a prom court, and in the end it became a very rewarding experience.
At prom on Friday, May 18, things went well. Kyla Carden was elected Prom queen, and Dia Johnson Prom king. The runners up were Johniera McLain and Sam Kabangai.
For the crowning, the court stood in the middle of the dance floor, and the prom court “crowned” the winners from behind. The runners up then hugged the winners, and they were applauded.
“Being named Prom King was really cool, but nerve racking,”Johnson said of the experience.
The winning pair then had a slow dance on the floor, which gave them a chance to show off their moves and their outfits.
Beckton was pleased that her project was a success. It is known whether another student will turn Prom Court into a tradition by picking up the project next year.
Photos by Bach Tong
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