Atlantic County High School students hoping to win free prom -

Atlantic County High School students hoping to win free prom

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High school prom is an event that teenagers remember for the rest of their lives - but it is also a luxury that not everyone can afford, especially students whose lives were changed after Hurricane Sandy.

Atlantic City High School is among four schools affected by Hurricane Sandy, that are in the running for a dream prom, courtesy of

Dominique Voso, a senior at Atlantic City High School, said, "It's going to be a wonderful opportunity for all of the people that were affected by Hurricane Sandy."  She continued, "I know many of my friends were displaced and other's houses were torn apart, moldy, they had water damage from the hurricane and now the money is a big issue for the prom.  So this will give them a chance to go to prom and not have to worry about any of that."

Members of the student council say they made a video that entered them into the contest, and then with the help of students and faculty, they were chosen as one of the four finalists.

Senior class president, Ayana Cox, explained, "The video was about how our school was affected by Hurricane Sandy and how we still have school spirit afterwards."

The winning school will receive a prom designed by a celebrity party planner, a surprise celebrity musical appearance, complimentary dresses and tuxedos, a photographer, a DJ and more.

Students and faculty say they are excited for the chance.  A junior, Claire Corbett, told NBC40, "Everyone is so excited about it, like everyone is running through the hallways and putting up posters and telling everyone to vote.  So I really hope it works out for us."  English teacher, Ricky Epps-Kearney, said, "I had some kids in one of my classes sneaking on their cell phones trying to vote today."

Even if Atlantic City High School is not picked to be the sponsored prom - students say it will still be a special night they'll never forget.  Voso said, "It's going to be one wonderful night no matter whether or not we have to pay for prom or if it's free.  It's going to be great."

Anyone that wants to help the students win the prom contest can vote here.

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