Q. Tell me about your involvement here at MHS
James George: I really like performing arts. I do a little bit of jazz, a whole lot of marching band. A little bit of pep band. I also like theater a lot… I do a bunch of shows. I’ve gotten two awards for theater. I like acting.”
Kenneth Gresham: “I started Varsity Football this year and went to Semi-state, and was recognized for DAC honors. For track, I throw shot put, and went to indoor state this year.”
Vincent Feliciano: “I am a part of the Marching and Jazz band, and Co-president of the FCCLA and NHS.”
Q. What are your plans after graduation?
James: I got accepted into IUB. I am actually undecided, I just know that is where I am going.
Kenneth: “Study psychology and eventually become a therapist, and throw shot put in college.”
Vincent: “I plan to attend Purdue for chemical engineering”
Q: Describe what meaning that prom has to you this year
James: “It is pretty significant since I didn’t get to have a prom last year so it’s pretty important. I’m not going to cry if I don’t get it or anything. It would be nice to have it under my belt, especially if I’m telling my grandkids ‘Hey! Did you know I was prom king back in my day?’ ”
Kenneth: “I’ve dreamed about this moment ever since my siblings above me went to prom and did senior activities. To be nominated is an honor. And being nominated by the teacher is a sign to my hard work and dedication to the classroom.”
Vincent: “A chance to interact with my friends, have a fun time, and I don’t want to regret missing it.”
Q. What does being on Prom court mean to you?
James: “It means my teachers think I am studious. It is an honor and I’m not going to take it for granted.”
Kenneth: “It means a lot to me, because at least in Merrillville we strive for excellence, so to be nominated as one of the Top 3, it’s a testament to my hard work and what I do.”
Vincent: “Being nominated to Prom Court means that a teacher thought I was working hard enough and displayed good behavior to nominate me.”
Q. What are you looking forward to about prom?
James: “I’m looking forward to showing off my moves. I have been watching a couple of Youtube tutorials. Everyone’s going to be like ‘Yo, wait, who is that? He is really cutting up.’ I just really hope they don’t play a whole bunch of corny songs I don’t know how to dance to. Even if they do, I’m still going to do my little shimmy at the end of the day. . . . I am also looking forward to seeing my friends there. Everyone’s outfits and ideas are going to be different and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone’s going to be wearing.”
Kenneth: “I haven’t gone to a lot of dances, so this will be my second because I went to homecoming sophomore year. There’s going to be a lot more things to do, a lot more fun. Just the atmosphere of being around my friends and the rest of Merrillville. I feel like it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Vincent: “I look forward to having fun with my friends, maybe even dancing.”
Q. If you win Prom King what do you envision?
“I’m going to try not to overact. I know I am going to be really excited about it, but I am going to do little clap for myself for a couple of seconds and walk up there and take the honor. My shimmy is going to be a lot bigger though. I’m not going to freak out about it though. I’m going to be really excited about it on the inside.”
Kenneth: “I envision just people cheering because that’s who I am. People tend to get excited when I do something good, or if I get excited, I really don’t know, at the moment I might do a back flip.”
Vincent: “I imagine it taking me by surprise, there are many people who I appreciate voting for me, even if I asked them not to.”