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Hudson High School's 2016 Prom is one to remember

The royal court of the 2016 Hudson High School Junior Prom poses for a photo following the coronation late Saturday afternoon in the high school audiorium. From left are princesses Ellie Draper and Emily Hanson, Queen Surreia Bennett, a photo of King Marc Ives (being held by Jake Danielson) and princes Jack Berg and Miguel Artiztimuno. Ives was on a trip to Chicago. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)1 / 14
Striking an Indian Bollywood pose during their grand march introduction are, from left, Emily Sommerfield, Sloane Macswain and Cassie Royer.2 / 14
Brennan Williams presents his shy prom date Abigail Naumann.3 / 14
Sean Mountain catches a kiss blown by River Steen.4 / 14
Jake Midby and Eleanor Korum are a picture of elegance.5 / 14
Alex Hadlich and Kiara Mutchler dance their way through the grand march.6 / 14
Valerie Ebertz, far left, and Hunter Thompson watch as their prom dates, Dylan Anderson and Kristian Bell, begin an acrobatic feat.7 / 14
Dylan Anderson and Kristian Bell perform backflips during their grand march introduction.8 / 14
Gillian Boily gets a kiss on the check from Isaiah Grancorvitz.9 / 14
Adam Messick and Sydney Anderson do a little dance.10 / 14
Jake Danielson holds the king's crown over a photo of Marc Ives during the coronation of Hudson High School's Prom court. Ives was on a trip to Chicago, according to prom adviser Kim Behnke. Danielson is also holding a photo of queen candidate Ashley Juza, who was out of town playing in an AAU basketball tournament.11 / 14
Maddie Nelson receives a kiss on the hand from Tanner Homme.12 / 14
Emily Hanson feigns to reject a kiss offered by prom date Jake Danielson.13 / 14
Ashley Hopp shows some leg with the approval of prom date Jacob Morrissette.14 / 14

The enchantment may not really last forever, but Hudson High School's 2016 Junior Prom certainly was one for the memory books.

Surreia Bennett was crowned prom queen, making it a magical night for the girl who was diagnosed with autism at an early age and overcame so much on her way to high school.

FOX 9 News was there to shoot video of Surreia's special moment and tell her story in a later news broadcast.

She was voted queen by her junior classmates.

The king was crowned in absentia.

Marc Ives was on a trip to Chicago late Saturday afternoon when the prom grand march and coronation took place in the high school auditorium.

Holding a photo of Ives in front of his face, stand-in Jake Danielson placed the crown over the photo when it was presented by 2015 prom king Jack Maki.

The theme of the prom was “Endless Enchantment.”

The rest of it went more to form.

About half of the 630 students who attended, dressed in evening gowns and suits, elected to participate in the grand march. They walked across the auditorium stage and stopped to pose as their names were announced.

Some added a performance.

Dylan Anderson and Kristian Bell did backflips from a standing start. Connor Olson lifted Victoria Leoni over his head, where she stood on his raised hands. Others danced, reeled in a partner or kissed.

Following the grand march, the prom-goers rode school buses to Stillwater, where they went on a four-hour riverboat cruise that included dinner and dancing.

See the April 21 print edition of the Star-Observer for two pages of photos of the grand march and coronation.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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