Photo Essay: For Local Students, Prom is More Than a Night (Part II)


Joshua Bell-Bey, inside of his Forest Park home, prepares to go to prom. | Sebastian Hidalgo (See more below).

Thursday, May 18, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Last month, the Village Free Press, with the key sponsorship of the Bellwood, Broadview and Maywood Chambers of Commerce, hosted an essay contest.

We urged those students attending prom this year in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 to write a short piece on the following prompt: Describe how attending prom is a highly anticipated milestone that will prepare you for the next chapter of your life?

The students who wrote the three highest vote-getting essays received first, second and third place cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100, respectively. The first-place winner was featured in a full-page photo essay, with a photographer and VFP reporter covering the big day from preparation to prom night.

All five finalists will have their prom sendoffs photographed and will receive free digital access to those photos, some of which were featured online and in the May and June print issues of the Village Free Press.

The winners were (from first- to fifth-place):

  • Dominique Wallace, Proviso East
  • Diana Guzman, Proviso West
  • Daisy Zaragoza, PMSA
  • Cynthia Suaste, PMSA
  • Joshua Bell-Bey, PMSA

Note: Daisy Zaragoza’s photos will be featured in the June print issue of the Village Free Press, since her prom took place after the print deadline. Part II of this prom photo series will be published tomorrow, May 17.

Daisy Zaragoza, simply flourishes   

Daisy Zaragoza in a Lombard park with friends before they head off to prom. | Shanel Romain 

Elegance is the only beauty that never fades. (Audrey Hepburn)

Style is a way to say who your are without having to speak. (Rachel Zoe)

Joshua Bell-Bey, classic man 

JoshuaBell_Prom-3 (1)Bell-Bey outside of his Forest Park home before going off to prom. | Sebastian Hidalgo

I burn through the hood like whoa / When everybody’s feeling so cold / I’m cool like Nat King Cole / And [people] get a bit of my glow. (Jidenna)

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re·flec·tion: the throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it (‘the reflection of light’).

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GQ Style Commandment No. 2: ‘Thou shalt wear sneakers made for a man’

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