Victoria Advocate Prom Princess: Ready for the big day

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

May 8, 2014 at 12:08 a.m.
Updated May 9, 2014 at 12:09 a.m.

Ashley Green with makeup option No. 1.

Ashley Green with makeup option No. 1.   Tess Freeman for The Victoria Advocate

Ashley Green giggled as she imagined the look on her prom date's face when he comes to pick her up for the big day.

Green, a Victoria West High School senior with Down Syndrome, was voted this year's Prom Princess by Victoria Advocate readers.

Saturday is her prom.

"JR is going to love the dress; it's red and black," Green, 20, said. "Everyone's excited."

The all-inclusive prom package, sponsored by area businesses and the Victoria Advocate, took Green through several preparatory phases, including selecting a dress, hair and makeup styles and jewelry.

At Regal Jewelers in the Victoria Mall, Green gravitated toward a crystal teardrop silver chain necklace, said her mother, Varchia Green.

"It's very pretty," her mother said. "As soon as she saw that one, she picked it."

As of Thursday afternoon, Victoria West bookkeeper Melissa Rodriguez said 235 prom tickets, priced at $25 each, have been sold. She is expecting more.

The senior class includes 315 students, said Victoria West Principal Debbie Crick.

Green said she will dine at the PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar with her date, Manuel Castillo Jr., who goes by JR, another student and two of her teachers before prom Saturday evening.

At the request of her daughter's date, the prom couple will be posing for photos by the gazebo in the downtown square of Victoria, her mother said.

"A lot of our family are going to be here this weekend to see her on Saturday," she said. "After prom ends, I'm sure we'll stay up together and recap the night."

The Victoria West prom will be at the Spring Creek Place Event Center from 8 p.m. until midnight.

This year's theme, A Night in Paradise, will feature an elegant beach scene, said Denys McCarter, Victoria West English teacher and prom coordinator.

Green is one of 10 Victoria West students nominated for Prom Court, McCarter said.

"Prom is like a fairy tale for these young ladies," McCarter said. "The boys have gone above and beyond when asking the girls out."



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