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Poignancy and pomp at Kennedy's last prom

By Maya Rajamani
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Joshua Laureano, 25, blows out Destiny Burgos’ hair the afternoon before John F. Kennedy High School’s prom on May 30.
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Destiny Burgos, 17, puts the finishing touches on her makeup as she gets ready for the final prom for the senior class at John F. Kennedy High School on May 30.
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Andrew Morris, 21, helps Destiny Burgos, 17, with last minute fixing of her dress at her home. They will be attending the final prom for John F. Kennedy High School.
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Jesus Burgos looks on as his daughter Destiny, 17, and her boyfriend Andrew Morris, 21, prepare at her home for the dance.
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Destiny Burgos and Jarrison Valerio dance on the way to receiving a trophy for participating in the flash mob dance.
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Maryln Cruz, 17, is named JFK’s 2014 prom queen.
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Marylyn Cruz, 17, is named JFK’s 2014 prom queen.
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Students mob the photo area as they all try to squeeze into a group picture.
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Corey Jones, 18, Kennedy’s prom king, hits the dance floor.
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Jonathan Abreu, 17, dances with his girlfriend Shawnakay Farquharson, 16.
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Corey Jones, 18, Kennedy’s prom king, hits the dance floor.
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Joandy Díaz takes her turn in the semi circle to show off her dance moves at John F. Kennedy’s final prom held at Maestro's Caterers on May 30.
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Lisa Luft, principal of John F. Kennedy High School, at the school's final prom, held at Maestro's Caterers on May 30.
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Jasmine Delts, 19, looks in the bathroom mirror at Maestros Caterers before heading back to the ballroom where John F. Kennedy had their final prom on May 30.
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Sol Acosta, Josephine Mateo, Christopher Fias, Jr., Christian Ojeda, Pamomodou Kallow and the rest of the 2014 John F. Kennedy class hit the dance floor at Maestro's Caterers on May 30.
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Christian Ojeda joins prom king Corey Jones on the dance floor.
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Destiny Burgos, 17, sings and dances to the music.
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Andy Garcia, Juan Arrias, Angel Almodovar, Christopher Fias, Christian Ojeda and Gabriel Santana take selfies.
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Destiny Burgos, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School (JFK), sat under a hair dryer at Jackie’s Hair Salon on Westchester Avenue with a towel around her shoulders and rollers in her hair the afternoon before prom.

“I wanted to go for a Hollywood kind of look — it’s really simple, but really classy,” the 17-year-old said on May 30.

She gazed at a picture of a floor-length black dress with a sweetheart neckline and a beaded bodice while waiting for her hair to set. She opted for vintage curls to complement her gown.

JFK’s last prom was just hours away. It would be a bittersweet evening for Destiny, whose older sister attended Kennedy before her.

“I can’t go back to school five years from now and see my old teachers,” she reflected.

Queen Contender

The south Bronx resident embraced prom to the full. In the final weeks of the school year, she was in the running to be prom queen — a quintessential teenage experience, she felt.

“To just experience it, the campaigning and the competition — it seemed really fun,” Destiny said.

She handed out king-size candy bars emblazoned with her name during her campaign. The two other girls in the running retaliated with baked goods.

“I wanted to win,” Destiny explained with a laugh. “I was going all out.”

While she initially struggled at JFK — overwhelmed by the campus, which houses seven schools, and struggling academically — she has turned around her high school career. Destiny joined Principal Luft’s leadership class and became president of the school’s environmental club.

As part of the last class at Kennedy, she said she and her classmates have grown close.

“I know every single person,” she said. “We kind of grew together as a family.”

Prom-perfect

As Destiny sat in the salon chair, her hairdresser Joshua Laureano joked, “I’ve got a celebrity client right now.”

He took the final hairpins out just after 8 p.m. The student didn’t waste a moment paying her bill and dashing to meet her date Andrew Morris, a JFK grad, who was scheduled to pick her up in a limousine.

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