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May 6, 2016 12:47 PM

Senior at Manchester High Central told he can't take 22-year-old girlfriend to prom


MANCHESTER — A senior from Manchester High School Central has been told that he can't take his girlfriend of eight months to the school prom because she's too old.

According to the Union Leader, 18-year-old senior Sultan Akhter who is also a member of the Central tennis team and the school’s DECA marketing club, can't take his girlfriend - 22-year-old Kaitlyn Orzechowski, of Hooksett to the prom because she is too old under school policy.

Chris Martin the assistant superintendent of Manchester schools, told the paper that under school policy no one older than 21 can accompany a Central senior to the prom, which excludes Orzechowski at age 22 from the prom. Martin also said that the school's policy is not written down anywhere.

"It’s my last fling with my friends," Akhter told the paper. "All my friends are bringing their dates; they’re going to have a good time. I can’t have a good time with my girlfriend."

Orzechowski is currently a graduating senior at St. Anselm College and graduate of Central High School herself.

Akhter also mentioned that part of the reasoning behind the school's policy is due to underage drinking as a potential problem at prom, where on the other hand, residents say they're confused as to why 21-year-olds are allowed but not 22-year-olds.

However, other school officials said the reasoning behind the policy being set at age 21 for the prom age limit, is because in the state of New Hampshire a person can attend high school up to the age of 21, and if lowered 21-year-old students would not be able to attend prom if ever changed.

Friday is the deadline for purchasing the $70 tickets to the prom, which is slated for May 13 at the Radisson Hotel.


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