Community comes together to help mentor throw prom for two high school seniors

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A local comedian made senior year more special for a group of Memphis teens impacted by the pandemic.

Friday was prom night for senior Andria Woods. Something she didn’t think would happen with the COVID-19 pandemic canceling Whitehaven’s prom.

“It was kind of a bummer because I was the person that didn’t do anything my whole high school years,” Woods said. “So I was like I was going to go all out my senior year then doing senior year on the computer.”

Enter LaToya Tennille, who owns “The Comedy Junt.”

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She found out her mentees Woods and Mitchell High School senior Aalicea Sholar weren’t going to have a prom.

“I know how I was in high school,” Tennille said. “I could not imagine not having a prom. If you would’ve told me my senior year I couldn’t have a prom, that would have been the end of the world.”

Tennille decided she would host a prom for 20 kids inside her building. She asked for help from the community on Facebook.

The entire community came together and made this happen for these girls. Everything from dresses, hair, makeup, food and the venue was donated.

“Immediately, people just started posting,” Tennille said. “I’ll do this. I’ll do that. I’ll drape. I’ll do table clothes. I’ll bring food.”

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It all came together, as these seniors got the full prom red carpet treatment.

“She’s real special,” Sholar said. “She’s done a lot for me. I ain’t fittin to get emotional.”

Woods said it was a special moment for her friends.

“It means everything because we’ve been friends since middle school,” Woods said. “So growing up with each other and then experiencing this, it’s fun.”