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Prom Princess nominee finalists

By BY CAROLINA ASTRAIN - CASTRAIN@VICAD.COM
March 9, 2013 at 10:01 p.m.
Updated March 8, 2013 at 9:09 p.m.

Name: Megan KoeppAge: 17; High School: Victoria East High SchoolExtracurricular activities: Color guard, the National Honors Society and the Leo ClubDream College: Baylor University

The search for the Victoria Advocate's Prom Princess has entered its final stages.

Three finalists were selected from five nominees presented to a panel of newspaper and business representatives.

Now, it's up to our readers to vote online and decide who will be named the Victoria Advocate's 2013 Prom Princess.

To cast your vote for the Prom Princess, go to VictoriaAdvocate.com/promprincess.



The finalists:



Mini-Bio• Name: Jennifer Zinke

• Age: 18

• High school: Cuero High School

• Extracurricular activities: Horseback riding, working at Tractor Supply Co., throwing discus for the track team, swimming

• Dream college: Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi

Letter of nomination:

To The Victoria Advocate,

Don't you agree that every senior lady deserves the privilege to be a Prom Princess? A life's journey consists of twists and turns, and it is how one gets back up and handles one's self that makes you who you are in this world. We have to say that our candidate is getting that "slap in the face with the cold towel" life lesson, as her sister has been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, and her outlook is very bleak at best.

This candidate has been raised in a single-parent family and has received very little support from her father since the age of 5.

She gets up at 5 a.m. to go to work at Tractor Supply Co. (TSC) to unload freight before attending school at Cuero High. Most of her money made from TSC goes to her brother-in-law to help out for gas and food as they travel back and forth to MD Anderson Hospital for treatments.

In between work, you might find her on the field throwing discus or driving to Victoria to watch her three nephews for her sister.

This should be a time of carefree life with worries far less demanding - a time of fussing over her dress and shoes, her hair and makeup or which college to attend.

However, our candidate has the lingering thought of losing her sister.

The honor of representing the Crossroads area as the first Prom Princess would reaffirm to her that there are those who have the heart and soul to judge the correct choices she has made in her short life.

As it stands now, there are no plans being made for her senior prom.

We can not think of a better way to start off the first Victoria Advocate Prom Princess contest than with our candidate, Miss Jennifer Zinke.

Sincerely,

Jon & Sandra Nichols, Cuero





Mini-Bio• Name: Skye Lynn Valdez

• Age: 17

• High school: Victoria East High School

• Extracurricular activities: Church, track, art and working out

• Dream college: Texas A&M University

Letter of Nomination

Prom Princess:

I am nominating Skye Lynn Valdez for Prom Princess. She is a sophomore at East High School.

I truly believe she has been through so many trials in her young life that this truly would be a dream for her. Since she was born a preemie, weighing in at 1 pound, 9 ounces, she has truly been a miracle, as we watched her grow up to be a beautiful, kind-hearted young woman. After being raised by a single mother and watching her mother struggle, she has set her goals to be someone special to help her mother. She joined the Boys and Girls Club and has achieved a great strength in sports and is being a role model for her younger sister. She is currently in a program called Density of Success at East High School, and she faithfully attends church and goes on youth retreats. We are truly blessed for this young lady who is 17 and defies all the odds, despite all her struggles.

This opportunity of Prom Princess would be a lifetime of dreams that otherwise would not be possible for her. It would be dream come true for Skye.

If you have any questions, please give me a call.

Her proud grandmother,Juanita Delgado, Victoria

Mini-Bio• Name: Megan Koepp

• Age: 17

• High school: Victoria East High School

• Extracurricular activities: Color guard, the National Honor Society and the Leo Club

• Dream college: Baylor University

• Letter of Nomination

My name is Megan Koepp.

I am a senior at Victoria East High School.

This year, I have received straight A's, and my GPA is a 3.5.

My mom has rheumatoid arthritis but works her hardest to support me and my brother. Sometimes it's just not enough, and we struggle.

Soon enough, she is going to have to have surgery, and she will be out of work until after May 13.

It would be an honor to receive this gift because if not, I won't be able to go to my senior prom, which would be the first time. If I received this, I would be able to go.

My mom can't afford to pay for all the prom stuff even though she really wants me to go.

She wants me to be able to do things that she was never able to do when she was my age.

Even though I have a babysitting job, I can't raise nearly enough money to be able to go to prom.

I want to be able to go to prom and have this memory of me and my friends, so that I can look back on it when I'm older and have those good high school memories.

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