Senior prom comes with a twist

By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo seniors cut a rug at senior prom Thursday, but not the seniors most often associated with prom.
Five Tupelo High School senior class members put on a senior prom at Traceway, a retirement community in Tupelo.
Traceway residents were dressed to the nines, dancing to Elvis Presley, Three Dog Night and Johnny Horton.
“We like to dress up special, and we’ve really enjoyed it,” said Prom King Bill Webb, 90. “It’s nice to have something like this. We’re just a bunch of overgrown juveniles.”
Webb and his wife, Tommye, the prom queen, were the first to hit the dance floor and share a quick smooch. She was in her prom dress, he in a bow tie, and both with flowers pinned to their chests.
“My wife and I have been married 65 years, and we’ve still got it,” he said. “We like a little dancing every now and then.”
Lexie Wise, Maggie Wheeler, Skylar Talley, William Drummond and Madison Stafford have been participating in and planning events at Traceway this semester. Their volunteer service came to fruition Thursday with their senior project – the senior prom.
“Leading up to this, we did Easter bingo, and we have a gardening club we’re doing later,” Wise said.
Juanita Lowry, 85, goes to Brewer some Friday nights to dance and was glad to have dancing at Traceway.
She spent most of prom on the dance floor.
“It’s fun to have dancing here,” she said. “We have birthday parties every month, but we don’t dance. We usually sing and have entertainment, but this is the first time we’ve done any dancing.”
The THS seniors decorated Traceway for prom with streamers, lights and signs.
They dressed up and danced along with residents.
jb.clark@journalinc.com