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Kat Grandazza is this year’s Project Prom girl

Kat Grandazza from South Side High School in

We’re positively flipping over this year’s Project Prom girl, gymnast Katherine Grandazza, 18, from South Side High School in Rockville Centre. The senior, whose friends call her Kat, has, “been so busy all her life in gymnastics, that I would like her to take a break and enjoy the prom. A lot of her friends have already purchased a dress and Katherine has not thought about it yet,” wrote her mom...

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Project Prom: 'Field of Dreams' takes it

Danielle Trotta, 17, wears the winning Project Prom

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It’s official. Some 3,000 Newsday readers voted on four potential dresses that this year’s Project Prom girl, Danielle Trotta, 17, of Seaford, should wear to her prom. More than a third of them chose, “Field of Dreams,” a lively abstract floral number with a bejeweled Empire waist by Alex & Eve from Alight, in Plainview.

Dani, as she’s called by friends and family is satisfied with the...

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Chateau Briand donates prom, hosts shopping event for Long Beach students

Bridal Reflections donated more than 150 dresses to

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It has become a tradition for Long Beach High School to celebrate prom at Chateau Briand in Carle Place, but for many students who lost so much during superstorm Sandy, the occasion wasn't a priority this year.

“The prom committee polled seniors after the holiday break about their plans to attend the prom,” said teacher and prom adviser Adriane Glassberg. “The results indicated that our prom...

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Smile: Seaford’s Danielle Trotta is this year’s “Project Prom” girl

Danielle Trotta of Seaford is Newsday's "Project Prom"

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Spunky Danielle Trotta of Seaford is Newsday’s “Project Prom” girl this year. The 17-year-old junior,  who attends Seaford High School and is a varsity softball player, is also enrolled in the GC-Tech program in Levittown for cosmetology.

Her mom, Kathy, nominated her. “Danielle has been the 'mayor' of Seaford ever since she was a little girl,” she wrote. “She is in Key Club, Best Buddies,...

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Donate prom dresses, accessories for LI teens in need

Hundreds of pairs of shoes are donated each

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As the average high school girl prepares for prom, it can be easy to get caught up in the search for the perfect dress, the glamorous hairstyles and the makeup appointments. But for others who are less fortunate, it's a source of stress as they try to figure out how they are going to even buy a dress at all. This year, more Long Islanders are struggling than ever after superstorm Sandy, and the...

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Project Prom: Enter to win a prom shopping spree on Newsday

The Carbone quintuplets, 2012's unique Project Prom winners,

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Every year, Newsday helps one lucky Long Island high school senior find the prom dress of her dreams.

Last year was Project Prom overload, as Newsday readers picked prom outfits for the five Carbone quints of Old Brookville. The sisters got to go shopping with Newsday fashion expert Anne Bratskeir and had the entire BCBGMAXAZRIA Manhattan showroom at their disposal -- gowns, shoes, jewels,...

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Say Yes to the Prom: Monte Durham helps teens find their dream dresses

"Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta" star Monte

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Brides all across the country dream of having their "yes" moment with TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta" image consultant Monte Durham. The perfect combination of opinionated and nurturing, he somehow manages to put even the most neurotic of brides at ease before jacking them up (adding the veil and finishing touches) and making their dreams come true.

Tuesday, Durham...

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Prom 2013: Style tips from Rent the Runway's fashion director

Rent the Runway fashion director Lucy Sykes Rellie

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It may only be March, but students all over Long Island are already prepping for prom. As second semester flies by and college acceptance letters roll in, senior girls are faced with the challenge of finding the perfect dress to wear on their last special night as a high school student. We called in Lucy Sykes Rellie, fashion director at Rent the Runway, a designer gown and accessory rental site...

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