Sarah Martin, president of junior council, said, “We thought it [Prom king and queen] would be a great tradition to start at Leesville — other dances have it, and Prom is an extremely important dance.”
Junior council spoke with Sherri Golden, an administrator at LRHS, about the best way to organize nominations and voting. “We modeled it after Winterfest court,” said Amy McGarry, Junior council advisor. “We had nominations at lunch, and then the seniors get a chance to vote as they buy tickets.”
The junior class is not exactly thrilled about voter turnout this year: “Not as many people are voting as we thought,” said McGarry. “People aren’t as familiar with Prom king and queen, so they don’t really care.”
Martin agreed, saying, “We hope more people will come and vote as it catches on, and next year it’ll be more popular.”
Ryan Mangum, KC Clarke, Tyler Bunzey and David Lowery were nominated for Prom king. Tessa Kroninger, Thalia St-Lot, Kristi Stout and Stephanie Nguyen were nominated for Prom queen. David Lowery and Kristi Stout claimed their titles at Prom on April 9.
“It was kind of embarrassing,” said Stout. “I was happy to win, but I felt like there were people who deserved it more or wanted it more.”
Lowery was equally humble about claiming his crown. “I guess you could say I was proud of myself, but it was kind of weird standing up there. I was shocked when they called my name,” he said.
Hopefully the tradition of naming a Prom king and queen will continue and grow at Leesville in the future.