Prom 2017 Takes Place at Regent in Riverview

April 25, 2017


Credit: Jenna Wiley (used with permission)

As tradition, the Senior class took their prom pictures on bayshore and in front of the Academy building.

On April 22, Academy’s 2017 Prom took place at The Regent in Riverview with the theme “Enchanted Forest.” After careful consideration from the prom committee, headed by math teacher, Anne Mikos, this venue was finally chosen due to its elegant and classy style and because it perfectly complimented this year’s romantic theme.

To choose the venue, the committee narrowed down their options after reviewing past dance venues and hearing the opinions of the seniors who attended the prom last year. Other places considered for the prom included venues such as The Florida Aquarium and The Dali Museum.

The Tampa Riverwalk is a popular place to take pictures before prom.
Credit: Samantha Cano (used with permission)

Committee member McKenna Weathers says, “The Regent was actually our backup venue because our number one choice was too expensive, but we ended up loving the simplicity of the venue and how we could make it work with whatever theme we chose.”

The biggest change that was made for this year’s prom was not serving dinner at the dance. After serving dinner at last year’s prom, many students did not want to eat dinner this year because they felt it took away from the actual dancing.

Senior Karianne Buser says, “I am happy they decided not to have dinner at the dance because I got to eat with my friends and eat what we wanted to eat.”

Instead of serving dinner, refreshments and desserts were available for the students.

Another change made to the dance was the announcement of this year’s yearbook senior mentionables, announced by Principal Stephanie Nitchals. This year’s mentionables are as followed:

This was the first time the mentionables were officially announced and those called received a rose.
Credit: Lauren Sellers (used with permission)

Most Academic: Bruni Neufeld

Most Athletic: Lara Lontoc

Most School Spirit: Ashley Lambert

Most Artistic: Marie Dela Cruz

Most Driven: Anne-Marie Yatsula

Class Clown: Brittany Bramwell

Best Personality: Camille Opp

Best Laugh: Abby Morris

Best All Around: Lizzie Dolan



Armstrong says, “I am so happy my classmates chose me as Prom Queen.” Credit: Khalea Armstrong/@_kam.1998 (used with permission)


As well as the mentionables, the announcement of the Prom Court also took place.  After a vote from the senior class, this year’s Prom Court consisted of Julia Prince, Samantha Stagg, and Prom Queen, Khalea Armstrong.

Armstrong says, “When my name was announced, my immediate reaction was, ‘Oh My Gosh! I won!’ and I sprinted from the photo booth to the dance floor. I was jumping and screaming and Mrs. Nitchals had to tell me to calm down so she could crown me.”

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