Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Crossroads' compassion is overwhelming
At some point in her life, almost every little girl dreams of being a princess. As life goes on and girls become young women, part of that dream, however small it is, stays with them. Now, thanks to the efforts of community members, three young women from the Crossroads will have the chance to be princesses at their high school proms.
In February, the Advocate began receiving nominations for the Prom Princess online contest. We received several good candidates, but we eventually narrowed down the field to the final three: Jennifer Zinke, an 18-year-old senior at Cuero High School; Skye Lynn Valdez, a 17-year-old sophomore at Victoria East High School; and Megan Koepp, a 17-year-old senior at Victoria East High School. Each of these young women had compelling stories and deserved this special treat, but in the end, Jennifer was selected by community voters to receive the free dress, shoes, hairdo, makeover, dinner and more for prom night. But while Jennifer may have received the official Prom Princess title, the other two finalists will also be able to attend their prom at East High School thanks to some anonymous members of the community who chose to sponsor them.
We are glad to see each of the finalists will be able to attend their prom with all expenses paid. This incident speaks volumes of the Crossroads community. We are impressed and happy to see others stepping forward to give these young women a chance to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience. These anonymous donors prove that the Crossroads is full of people with a lot of heart and compassion - an invaluable quality in any hometown - and we applaud them for their willingness to help others. Because of their generosity, these girls will be able to enjoy a night with their friends and know what it feels like to be a princess for a day.
The Prom Princess fun is not finished yet. Now, it is time for Jennifer to choose her dress, makeup and hair. Readers have the opportunity to vote on a choice of three dresses until Saturday. Then, readers will be able to vote on the hair and makeup selection from Sunday to April 5.
We encourage our readers to continue voting in this process to help Jennifer get ready for her senior prom at Cuero High School. This is a fun opportunity to offer your opinion and help a young woman enjoy a night out with her friends and classmates.
We appreciate all of the input our readers have given so far, from the submission of candidates to the online votes. Your participation is an essential part of this process, and we look forward to seeing what the end result will be. Thank you for your help. We hope all of the prom princesses will have an amazing night.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.