PERKASIE, Pennsylvania – This year’s Pennridge High School prom looked a little different, and it wasn’t because of the pandemic.
“It’s been my dream since I was little to be prom queen because my mom was the homecoming queen. So I thought, ‘Oh, that would be the icing on the cake,'” said Carly Levy.
Last month, both Levy and Courtney Steiner were nominated by their classmates to compete for this year’s Pennridge High School prom queen title.
“When we were nominated, people kept coming up to us and saying, ‘Oh, we nominated you for prom.’ And there were just more and more people, ”said Steiner.
However, the two did not compete against each other.
They have been a couple since March.
“But I didn’t think they’d let that happen. I couldn’t imagine Pennridge doing that. That’s why it was so surprising and exciting,” Levy said.
After a few weeks of trial, lots of votes and a lot of anticipation, the couple were crowned Pennridge High School Prom Queens on Friday 4th June.
This was a first for the school.
“It was like fireworks and everyone was screaming, the atmosphere was so positive and I felt really safe and accepted in my school, which was really nice,” said Levy.
It’s an achievement that means more than a title.
“Seeing this is so positive and enlightening for our class. I think the Pennridge student body is just getting so much more accepted and so open to self-education and all that, ”Steiner said.
“It was surprising, but in the best possible way,” added Levy.
With the month of June known as “Pride”, the couple have a lot of love and appreciation for those who have stood by their side.
“The overwhelming support we have received alone, we are so infinitely grateful. And I’m really proud of our class and just want them to know that we’re so proud of them, ”said Steiner.
Steiner is attending Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster to study biology on a pre-medicine course.
Levy is studying meteorology and atmospheric science at Penn State at State College.