A Bucks County Technical High School Student decided she was going to hold a prom for students once the school announced there would be no prom this year for juniors and seniors.
The school which fashions itself in teaching students skills to succeed in an array of professions, had one student who parlayed her skill set to ensure there was a Class of 2021 Prom for students.
Last October, after hearing her school would not hold an end of year prom for students, R’Kelle Williams, 18 decided she was going to do something about it.
We didn’t have one when I was a junior and there was no way I going to let that happen for the Class of 2021, Williams said explaining why she decided to put together last weeks extravaganza for senior classmates.
I understood where the school was coming from, with COVID and all, but I just could not see graduating without prom, she said.
Immediately after the tech school announced its plans Williams went to work, organizing a private prom that was held last Friday night at the Best Western in Bensalem Township.
“With everything we’ve been through the last year with COVID, she said ” We just needed to relax and enjoy, you know have some fun” she said Monday.
Williams an Allied Health Professions major currently who hopes to be a nurse someday recruited an army of fellow students from the tech school; Armani Williams, Kylie Cheffer, Ana Zeferino, Jeremy Rachlin, and Victor Frolenko to set about in making prom dreams come to true for all who wanted to attend.
We made sure the night followed all coronavirus protocols that were in place, including wearing masks, because the intent was to celebrate not get sick, she said.
65 students turned out, paying $80 a pop, with top line catering, a DJ and memories that will last a life time, she said.
I was even chosen to be Prom Queen she said, which really made the night special.
Williams mother, Alicia Navarrette Estevez, of Bristol, beaming with pride Monday afternoon sharing her daughter’s hard work said she’s really been bowled over by the response of parents of kids who attended the Friday night prom.
“I just want her to know how proud I am of her. She’s an amazing young woman and I sense there is plenty more to come in the future” Estevez said of her daughter who will be a student at Manor College this fall in Montgomery County.
What R’Kelle and her friends did to celebrate their pending graduation, she said is “simply amazing.”
One parent of an prom attendee loudly agreed with a post to social media.
When asked what was next on her accomplishment list of things to do, Williams said “find another job.”
There is no reason to doubt what Williams puts her mind to will get done.
The proof is in the prom pics.
Editors Note: Bucks County Technical School administration was not involved in any way with the Prom. It was a completely private effort,