BY JURRY TAALIB-DEEN
Journal Staff Writer

Amarii Richardson, Iyonna Sawyer crowned King, Queen

All cameras were flashing, as the stars, students of Learning Ladders Educational Center, walked the red carpet at the center’s second annual Pre-School Prom, themed, “A Night in Hollywood.” The event was held on Saturday, April 16, at 419 N. Reynolds Rd.

Ms. Karen, left, school administrator, and Kelly Hughes, director and owner, stand with the 2016 king and queen; Amarii Richardson, and Iyonna Sawyer.
Ms. Karen, left, school administrator, and Kelly Hughes, director and owner, stand with the 2016 king and queen; Amarii Richardson, and Iyonna Sawyer.

Similar to their counterparts, Hollywood movie stars, the young stars dressed to impress. The boys wore suits, made up like tuxedos, while the girls wore the traditional prom dresses.

Romeo Turner and Khani Hayes, both four years old, turned heads. Khani won best dressed. And Romeo’s mom, Schinetria Turner, said he couldn’t stop talking about having a date with Khani.
Romeo Turner and Khani Hayes, both four years old, turned heads. Khani won best dressed. And Romeo’s mom, Schinetria Turner, said he couldn’t stop talking about having a date with Khani.

 

There were no wall flowers at this prom, all the participants danced, ran, and played during the entire event.

Tremere Willis, six and Dajuan Clark, five, looked very stylish as they walked the red carpet.
Tremere Willis, six and Dajuan Clark, five, looked very stylish as they walked the red carpet.

 

 

 

Even the entertainment for the evening was the age of his peers. Rapper, Lil Swae rocks the mic.
Even the entertainment for the evening was the age of his peers. Rapper, Lil Swae rocks the mic.
Jay Hollins accompanies his little sister Erynn, down the red carpet.
Jay Hollins accompanies his little sister Erynn, down the red carpet.

 

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Ms. Karen, as she wants to be referred as, is the administrator for Learning Ladders Educational Center. She told The Toledo Journal that the event is in its second year. “We just wanted to do something different for the kids,” she said.

After prom 2015, she said the children couldn’t stop talking about it. In fact, Ms. Karen said, they continued talking about it, and asking when the next prom would be, right up to the 2016 prom.

And like all proms, there would be a crowning of a king and queen. But the selection process wouldn’t be by popularity, nor would it be from the peers of the potential king and queen, instead, staff from the center would make their selection based on behavior throughout the year. Also, the king and queen have to be graduating pre-school and entering Kindergarten.

The king and queen performing their ceremonial dance.
The king and queen performing their ceremonial dance.

 

Before the 2016 king and queen was announced, 2015’s king and queen, Jalon Jude, and Reniyha May, both six years of age, returned to crown the winners. They first, stood in front of the attendees, and then performed the traditional dance; although Jalon, with a very bashful look, and big grin on his face, choose not to dance, while Reniyah, still holding his hands, swayed back and forth.

 

When the names, Amarii Richardson, and Lyonna Sawyer, both five, were selected as the 2016 king and queen, the children cheered, and jumped up in down in excitement, while the parents snapped pictures. And unlike the 2015 king, Amarii didn’t have a problem dancing with his queen.

There would also be candy baskets given to the male and female best dressed and best dancer.

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