Gail Greggs could hardly wait to see her daughter, Gemyra, walk down the blue carpet hand-in-hand with her boyfriend and prom date, Marcus Pauline.
“I’m quite excited for the mere fact that this is my second prom, but each child is a special feeling, and I’m a proud mom,” said Greggs, of Schenectady, from behind a barricade at Schenectady High School on Friday. “And they’re going off to college, so they accomplished
their goals, both her and her boyfriend.
“This is a major event for me,” she added. “I feel like it’s my prom.”
Pre-prom photo ops are happening across the Capital Region as prom season gets underway at area schools.
Surrounded by parents, family and friends of Schenectady senior prom-going students who crowded The Plaza, Greggs was especially excited to see her 18-year-old daughter in a long white dress with a gold purse and Marcus, 18, in a black suit with a gold tie and vest, before they boarded a limo to the dance at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs.
“They did their own thing. They did their independent thing and put it together,” she said. “Believe me, when you see the tear rolling, you’ll know it’s her coming down.”
Marcus’ grandmother, Eileen Corrigan, was just as giddy.
“I am very proud,” she said. “I saw that kid get born, and he’s just been a joy to me, and he’s just perfect. He’s very handsome now.”
Greggs’ 15-year-old daughter, Dasheena Tolliver, was there to support her older sister, even though she’s not sure if she’ll be going to prom when the time comes.
“I don’t know. … I don’t like dresses,” she said.
“She knows it’s a major event, so we’ll get her in a dress, hopefully,” her mother said.
As storm clouds hovered overhead, junior Divya Pitamber wasn’t about to let the possibility of rain dampen her excitement about going to prom for the first time.
“I didn’t spend $300 on a dress to not come here,” said Pitamber, 17, who wore a light blue dress with a jeweled bodice.
While she was looking forward to being around friends, her boyfriend and prom date, Andrew Inderjit, a senior, was ready to bust a move.
“I want to have a good time, so I’m gonna dance,” said Inderjit, 18.