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June 5, 2014

GHS student has a prom night to remember

GOSHEN — At Goshen High School’s prom, one student had an evening that not just she, but her whole family, will remember.

Alaina Witmer, a special needs student at GHS, not only attended prom with four GHS boys and their dates, but was nominated for prom princess and was often the life of the dance floor.

Alaina’s journey to prom began in March when Melisa Holley, a paraprofessional at GHS, mentioned to her son and their friends that she wished Alaina would be able to attend prom.

Her son, Quinten Holley, responded with, “Why can’t she?”

In April, Holley, Adam Pearson, Bryce Bender and Austin Woolett stood outside of Alaina’s house and with a series of signs, asked her to join them at prom.

The four boys had known Alaina since attending school together at Waterford Elementary.

Alaina was incredibly excited that day, she said. Her elation continued when she joined her mom and friend Surae Woods-Cross to go dress shopping. Alaina decided on a bright yellow dress, the first she tried on that day.

The night of prom, the four GHS boys and their dates arrived at Alaina’s with a limo to ride together to prom at the Palais Royale in South Bend. Once arriving, Alaina ran from the limo to the prom site, ready to dance the night away. The boys each had a yellow rose in their boutonnieres and the girls all had yellow in their corsages to match Alaina’s dress.

The night wasn’t only a special one for Alaina, but her mother, Vicki Witmer.

“For me as a parent, it was a huge thing,” she said. “When you have a daughter with special needs, you have all those dreams for her, like prom, that she may not be able to experience.”

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