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The Mash is picking one Chicago-area teen to be our queen! We’ll spring for her dress, shoes, accessories and her ‘do with only one catch: Readers of The Mash will get to decide what she’s going to wear! We’ll document every step of the way so you can help her look beautiful on prom night. The winner’s school will also receive $1,000 to help make their prom a night to truly remember.

Get to know our three remaining finalists and from now until Tuesday, March 15 at noon, you can cast your votes below here online and via text message once per hour. Ready, set, VOTE!

KAYLA HANCOCK
Senior, H.L. Richards
Who is your dream prom date?
Patrick Kane. I’m a huge Hawks fan and he’s not too old for it to be really weird. I think it would be fun because he’s a pretty funny guy!

Describe your dream dress.
Something outrageous! Probably with something sparkly, very bright and the first thing you’d notice when you walk in the room. Maybe something yellow!

Tell us something random about yourself.
I’m a vegetarian who just started eating poultry. I love veggie burgers on the grill in the summer.

What are three must-have songs on your prom playlist?
“Raise Your Glass” by Pink, “Cha-Cha Slide” and “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz.

Read Kayla’s essay on why she wants to be PROMathon queen.

Want Kayla to be our queen? Text KAYLA to 31286 or vote online.

NATHALY VALDIVIA
Senior, Mather
Why do you want to be The Mash’s prom queen?
I think my school deserves $1,000 because we’re on such a tight budget that we can’t afford anything even with the fundraising we’ve done. With having a baby, I also really need the opportunity to have a free prom dress and accessories (so I can afford to go).

What’s your proudest moment?
When my first semester report card came, I had straight A’s in all honors and AP classes, so I was really proud.

What makes you smile?
My son, seeing good grades on every report card and being able to talk to my dad at least once a week since I don’t get to see him. He lives in Peru and I haven’t seen him in seven years.

Describe your dream dress.
I’d like a mermaid-style dress in coral or teal, poofy at the bottom with sparkles at the top and some nice accessories.

Read Nathaly’s essay on why she wants to be PROMathon queen.

Want Nathaly to be our queen? Text NATHALY to 31286 or vote online.

GABRIELA PIZARRO
Senior, Schurz
Describe your dream dress.
My dream dress would be short! It would have a little train in the back with sequins and a lot of colors like yellow or green.

Who is your celebrity style icon?
I really like the fashion industry and how the Kardashian girls dress. I really like Dash and I wish they would open one in Chicago!

What do you like to do on the weekend?
Hang out with friends, watch movies and eat Chinese food!

Tell us something random about yourself.
I am totally random! I’m always changing topics from one conversation to another. I have lots of crazy, random thoughts.

Read Gabriela’s essay on why she wants to be PROMathon queen.

Want Gabriela to be our queen? Text GABRIELA to 31286 or vote online.

VOTING IS NOW CLOSED

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The Mash is the Chicago Tribune's newspaper and website written for teens, by teens. The paper is distributed for free each Thursday at Chicago-area high schools and is written largely by high school students.

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