Victoria West senior wins Prom Princess contest (w/video)
March 8, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated March 7, 2014 at 9:08 p.m.
Ashley Green loves being center stage, but being voted a prom princess - well, that was almost just too much.
The 20-year-old Victoria West High School senior, who has special needs, won the title after being Advocate readers voted.
"I'm going to be pretty and all that stuff," Ashley said, fanning away the tears.
News of her win left her, her mother, Varchia Green, her teachers and some of her friends in tears.
Randi Stanley, Ashley's life skills teacher, nominated her and had posters made asking for people to vote for her as prom princess.
Winning prom princess means Ashley wins everything from her dress and shoes to hair and makeup.
"She just has a larger-than-life personality," Stanley said. "We call her our diva princess. She loves the attention."
And that Ashley does.
Ashley, who has Down syndrome, is involved in the arts, especially theater arts, where she met her friend Manuel Castillo Jr., or "JR," who will be taking her to prom.
"I want pink dresses," she said. "I want pink. JR wants me to wear pink, too."
She also keeps herself busy outside school, having recently completed a six-week Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services program with La Villa Rehabilitation and Healthcare.
As for prom, she's most excited about the limousine ride and slow dancing, she said.
Ashley's mother said the news has just brought about happy tears.
Her daughter, she said, is not just special needs - she's simply special.
"She's the perfect kid that this could have happened for," she said, almost in tears again.
This won't be the last time tears are shed, Ashley said.
She expects more on the day she walks out of her room wearing her pretty, pink dress.
"JR will make me cry, and then I'll be excited," she said. "I'll come in and walk in as the prom princess."