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Princess to a Queen
Prom Queen Ashley and King Josh
Prom Queen Ashley and King Josh
Princess to a Queen

Every girl has a dream of some day becoming their high school's prom queen. Ashley Tanner, my younger sister, was no different. She always knew that there was something special about her, but she never let it get in her way, she just kept reaching for her dreams. She is such a loving and cheerful person, and people just love to be around her. Last year, the cheerleader squad asked her to be the captain for a night, and they did a half time show to Hannah Montana's song. She had made so many friends at Herscher High over the last 5 years, and she enjoyed going to the dances and getting dressed up like a princess. And since it was her Senior prom, this dance was no different. Ashley was sitting in class one day, and the announcer announced over the intercom that the prom court was selected for that year. Ashley was completely shocked when her name was called. She came running off the bus that day, so excited to tell everyone that she had so many friends that voted her to be on court. We went through the exciting process of picking out the perfect hot pink, princess dress. I asked Ashley the night before the dance if she hoped she would be queen, and she said, "I'm happy to be a prom princess, I don't need to be queen." The next day, she got all dressed up, took hundreds of pictures, and went to dinner before the dance with two friends from her class. They went into the dance room, and my family waited until coronation time for the court. When it was finally time to go in, everyone at the dance lined up on the dance floor, and the prom court was ushered to the front of the stage. She was grinning from ear to ear, so proud to be up there with fellow classmates that had treated her like their best friend for the last few years. The announcer then said, "Your 2011 Prom Queen is Ashley Tanner!" She was so shocked and so excited, because she never thought that she'd be the queen, not just a princess. I think her favorite part of the night was getting to dance with the prom king, and all of the other students were cheering and hovering around her for the rest of the night. Little did we know, until the end of the night, that the vote was unanimous by every student in the high school. I'm so proud of my sister to be named prom queen. But I'm even more proud of the fact that she won because she impacted that many people through her five years in high school.




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Danette Sparenberg, United States, IL
8/4/2011 10:50:38 AM
Ashley Tanner is one of the sweetest young ladies I have ever known. I love being around her, her smile and cheerfulness is so contagious. Ashley has always been a beautiful girl all dressed up for her school dances. Ashley truly deserves being crowned prom queen.

Rebekah, United States, IL
8/3/2011 8:47:58 PM
I loved this story!! It\'s an amazing story that touched my heart! <3

Elizabeth Kaplar, United States, IL
8/3/2011 11:07:00 AM
Ashley, you're an inspiration!

Laura Kruse, United States, IL
8/3/2011 9:39:07 AM
I have know Ashley Tanner since she was a little girl, and every time I see her she brightens up the room and brightens my day!!

Mark Forgrave, United States, IL
8/2/2011 10:50:07 PM
Amazing story and wonderful young lady!

Roxanne Forgrave, United States, IL
8/2/2011 10:48:33 PM
Great story! She's an amazing young lady. Not many prom queens have a unanimous vote! How thrilling!

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