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Young and slightly less young mingle

PROM ROYALTY: Terry and Sandy McCarty cut the rug a bit in the Marion High School cafeteria Saturday during the 30th Annual Senior Citizen Prom. The couple were chosen as prom king and queen.

BY David Penticuff - dpenticuff@chronicle-tribune.com

Art and Rita Faulkner finally got to go to their prom Saturday.

"Rita said go," Art Faulkner said. And he was there well dressed and dining with her.

Both were graduates of Marion High School, Art in 1958 and Rita in 1960. But the couple, who were eventually married, didn't make it to the prom while they were in high school. So they made up for it at the annual Senior Citizen Prom put on by the Student Senate at the school. It was the 30th straight time for the special event that allows students at the school and seniors to spend time, share stories, play bingo, eat pizza and dance.

Leilanu Jackson, a senior student at MHS headed to Indiana University this fall and vice president of the Student Senate, said the students look at the event as an opportunity.

"It's nice to see them, interact with them and make people happy if we can," she said.

They succeeded. Doo-wop played while students shouted bingo numbers and the folks of all ages played, ate and enjoyed each other's company.

About 35 senior citizens turned out for the prom, some in black ties and tails. Terry and Sandy McCarty were named king and queen of the prom and briefly danced for the crowd.

"Fellowship" is why Terry McCarty said he enjoys the event so much. He and his wife said they enjoy talking with the students.

Kris Burke, MHS teacher, said it takes a lot of effort and help from organizations who pitch in throughout the community. This was her first year as school sponsor for the event.

She said she was very happy with the turnout on a Mother's Day weekend when many senior citizens have other plans.

Rita Faulkner said Senior Citizen Prom was one of many things that the community offers for people to do.

"You've got to get out and take advantage," she said.