Flint Southwestern student Miyona Johnson, 17, poses on Saturday, May 7, 2016 in her room in Flint. "Prom means everything,” Johnson said. She was also crowned Prom Queen at her prom. The walls in her room have her painted handprints and various magazine page cutouts.
Mott Middle College High School student Clyde Childress, 17, poses with his dog Thor on Friday, May 13, 2016 in his room in Flint. "Prom ... really brings family together," Childress said. The notes above his trophies and certificates are poems from his mother, one reading: “my sunshine, my beautiful boy. You make me laugh, you bring me joy. Together we’ve grown and seen so much, some good some bad, even the tough. We’ve stuck it out and made it through. You’re super awesome and mama loves you.”
Flint Southwestern student Marcus Washington, 17, poses on Saturday, May 7, 2016 in his room in Flint. "It’s a one in a lifetime thing, so it means a lot to me,” Washington said regarding prom.
Flint Southwestern student Tevin Taylor, 18, poses on Saturday, May 7, 2016 in his room in Flint. Taylor decorates his room with Michigan State memorabilia, as it was his dream school when he was younger. Taylor was also crowned Prom King at his prom.
Beecher High School student TeAisha Randolph, 18, poses on Friday, May 20, 2016 in her room in Beecher. “I really don’t dress up often, so it’s like new for people to see me like this,” Randolph said. She does not decorate her room very much, but has a tattoo displaying her Astrological sign, Capricorn.
Mott Middle College High School student Amiaya Harris, 18, poses on Friday, May 13, 2016 in her room in Flint. It took Harris about a month to get her dress, “I just wanted to look cute,” Harris said. The teddy bear was a gift from her prom date, Mott Middle College High School student Charles Allen Jr., given to her two months prior.
Swartz Creek High School student Armani Alexander, 16, poses on Saturday, May 14, 2016 in his room in Flint Township. Alexander asked his prom date before class with a poster and marker for her to check yes or no. "I was nervous, everyone was looking at me," Alexander said. His mother decorated his room, which he has lived in for about three years. Alexander plays football and used to box when he was 10, but stopped because his mother was concerned about him getting injured.
Flint Southwestern student LaShawn Mance, 17, poses on Saturday, May 7, 2016 in her room in Flint. "This night means to me, it's like a one in lifetime chance. Basically, it's a precious moment. It really is. I always tell my mom like I have to experience this because I've been wanting to experience this since I was a little girl, and it's like a first wedding to me," Mance said. She was diagnosed with cancer when she was 14 but is now cancer-free. Mance recently moved and has been in her room for three months.
Mott Middle College High School student Charles Allen Jr., 18, poses on Friday, May 13, 2016 in his room in Flint. “It’s an achievement, ‘cause I know a lot of people that didn’t have the opportunity to go to prom,” Allen Jr. said. Allen Jr. has lived in his room for about five or six years and has a "goal wall" with one goal reading "be the best person you can be."
Beecher High School student DeAndra Holloway, 18, poses on Friday, May 20, 2016 in the room she frequently stays in at her grandmother's house in Flint.
Flint Southwestern student Cara Connor, 18, poses on Saturday, May 7, 2016 in her room in Flint. "I feel pretty happy because it all turned out and I’m not nervous like my mom, but I’m pretty chill as far as my attitude," Connor said.
Flint Southwestern student D'Andre Mitchell, 18, poses on Saturday, May 7, 2016 in his room in Flint. "It’s the only prom I went to, so I gotta do it big,” Mitchell said. Mitchell displays photos of his deceased grandmother and father, as well as sports trophies, in his room.