Prom Returns for a Starry Night of Glamour


Juniors Jayden Oliver, Reagan Sieple, Jazmyne Schneider, Bianca Ramos, Mia Aberg, Vivian Loud and Rosemarie O’Donald pose together before prom.

Sarah Walker, Editor

On May 14th, University High School’s Junior Class Cabinet hosted this year’s prom at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Orlando. The theme for the event was Starry Night and could be seen throughout the elaborate decorations at the venue including celestial table centerpieces, blue and silver light displays, and a starry entrance. Prom attendees also enjoyed a dinner and a cupcake station as well as several hours of music and dancing.

Prom Royalty was also announced with the winners being Prom King, Nathan Nguyen, and Queen Nyjah Nesmith as well as Prom Sweethearts, Jaylene Molina and Richard Roberson . “Winning prom queen felt really rewarding because I put a lot of work into campaigning and also it was nice to see all the people who supported me,” said Nesmith.

Mr. Houston-Enjady, a science teacher at UHS, sponsored Junior Class Cabinet and guided them through the prom planning process. “I was super excited to plan Prom this year because I had a great team of students with me and I thought this would be a great opportunity to help coordinate an event that most high school students eagerly await, since we haven’t had one in a few years. My members and officers have proved to be true leaders and creative experts throughout this year. Their vision and drive to bring the best prom yet have fueled my motivation and excitement,” Houston explained.

Keten Abebe, Junior Class Cabinet President, spent many hours alongside her team planning the event. “Seeing people there enjoying Prom and having a great time was definitely the most rewarding part of planning Prom. I think attendees were the most excited to hear the Prom Royalty winner announcement,” said Abebe.

After two years, students were thankful for being able to have a prom again. “I got to experience prom and the classes two years prior didn’t. It’s something that I consider crucial to your high school experience and I’m happy I was able to experience it,” said junior Nicholas Baseer.