No matter what high school you attended, there was one special girl who got the honor of being crowned homecoming queen. For Ronnie Avendano Casas, now in her 50s, that girl was her.
"It feels so good thinking about it," said Casas, who was crowned Homecoming Queen at John Jay High School in 1974. "I enjoyed high school, I enjoyed my friends, and I enjoyed the experience. It was wonderful."
Over three decades later, Ronnie still has the crown and the memories, of that incredible night. Another former queen, Terry Gee, said she feels the same.
"It was such an exciting moment," said Gee, "It's a memory that I will cherish forever, and something I can share with my children someday."
For each of these women, who are both coincidentally now schoolteachers and mothers, being crowned queen gave them not only a lifetime of confidence, but also something very special to always look back on.
"The best time in our life was in high school," said Casas. "The most carefree time in our life was then, so I think that's why we enjoy it so much."