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South Lenoir High School hosts senior citizen prom Friday

June 1, 2014

By Junious Smith III, The Free Press, Kinston, N.C.



June 01--Prom is for both the young and young at heart at South Lenoir High School.

The school's student council hosted its annual senior prom on Friday for the senior citizens in the community.

The prom's theme was "A Roaring 20's Rendezvous," with Goldsboro band Men With Faces providing live music from just about every decade.

South Lenoir English teacher Mary Beth Kalencki, one of the event's co-advisors, said the council has looked forward to the event each year.

"We really just want to highlight the older generation of the community and show we appreciate them," Kalencki said. "This is our way to give back."

Gina Mackey, who also teaches English at the school and was a co-advisor with the prom, said the students are as excited about the event as the seniors.

"This is something the student council has done for at least 15 years," Mackey said. "The kids enjoy this just as much as our guests. They love interacting and dancing with the seniors.

"This is always a great way to end the year for the students. By this time, they're burnt out with exams, tests and are ready for the summer. This event keeps them going."

Ellen and Billy Kennedy attended their seventh senior citizen prom at South Lenoir. The two have been married five years and said they enjoyed everything about the event.

"We love to dance and the kids are just awesome," Ellen Kennedy said.

"I just love having a good time," Billy Kennedy added.

Ann Johnson attended her first senior prom and said she was encouraged to go by her granddaughter, who is currently enrolled at South Lenoir.

"It's really a nice event," Johnson said. "The band plays music from many different decades and the kids are really sweet."

Madison Saint-Amand, a senior at South Lenoir, said she has been a member of the student council since she was a freshman and always enjoyed the senior prom.

"I'm really going to miss this, and hopefully I can come back and participate," Saint-Amand said. "It's my favorite part of the year. The seniors are so sweet, and you can really grab anyone and dance. It's a lot of fun."

Dusk Stroud, who graduated from South Lenoir in 2013, came back to his alma mater just to enjoy the event.

"It's always great seeing the familiar faces," Stroud said. "There are some who always come out, and they're dedicated to having a good time. It's nice to see that."

Junious Smith III can be reached at 252-559-1077 and Junious.Smith@Kinston.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JuniousSmithIII.

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