Special-needs students enjoy prom

  • Prom queen, Amanda Lambert, from Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School, reacts in shock after being crowned queen as prom king, George Pink, from Project Accept at Miami-Dade College, stands by her side. The two were crowned king and queen of a very special prom at Jungle Island called the Spring Social on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Over 600 students with autism spectrum disorders, throughout the Miami-Dade school system attended a prom just for them. The students danced, and ate and socialized and had their portraits taken by professionals and the superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools, Alberto Carvalho, was on hand to crown the king and queen. Emily Michot / Miami Herald Staff

  • Noadia Jean, 22, from North Miami Senior High School, stands in anticipation with her fingers crossed for good luck, as Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade couty public school superintendent, announces the prom queen. Jean was not named queen but was nominated to the prom court as a princess from her home school. Jean and approximatley 600 other students from Miami-Dade attended a very special prom called the Spring Socail at Jungle Island on Thursday, April 25, 2013. The students who have autism spectrum disorders attended a prom just for them. The students danced the day away, and ate and socialized and had their portraits taken by professionals. Emily Michot / Miami Herald Staff

  • Noadia Jean, 22, from North Miami Senior High School, stands in anticipation with her fingers crossed for good luck, as Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade couty public school superintendent, announces the prom queen. Jean was not named queen but was nominated to the prom court as a princess from her home school. Jean and approximatley 600 other students from Miami-Dade attended a very special prom called the Spring Social at Jungle Island on Thursday, April 25, 2013. The students, who have autism spectrum disorders attended a prom just for them. The students danced the day away, and ate and socialized and had their portraits taken by professionals. Emily Michot / Miami Herald Staff

  • Prom king, George Pink, from Project Accept at Miami-Dade College and Prom queen, Amanda Lambert, from Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School, dance after being crowned the Spring Social 2013 king and queen at Jungle Island on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Over 600 students with autism spectrum disorders, throughout the Miami-Dade school system attended a prom just for them. The students danced, and ate and socialized and had their portraits taken by professionals and the superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools, Alberto Carvalho, was on hand to crown the king and queen. Emily Michot / Miami Herald Staff

  • Prom king, George Pink, from Project Accept at Miami-Dade College and Prom queen, Amanda Lambert, from Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School, dance after being crowned the Spring Social 2013 king and queen at Jungle Island on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Over 600 students with autism spectrum disorders throughout the Miami-Dade school system attended a prom just for them. The students danced, and ate and socialized and had their portraits taken by professionals and the superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools, Alberto Carvalho, was on hand to crown the king and queen. Emily Michot / Miami Herald Staff

  • Miami-Dade public school superintendent, Alberto Carvalho, gives a big thumbs up to kids on the dance floor during a very special prom called the Spring Social at Jungle Island on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Over 600 students with autismspectrum disorders throughout the Miami-Dade school system, attended the prom just for them. The students danced, and ate and socialized and had their portraits taken by professionals. Carvalho was on hand to crown the king and queen of the prom. Emily Michot / Miami Herald Staff

  • Santiago Castro,17 of John A. Ferguson Senior High School, gets a kick out of dancing with Miami-Dade public school superintendent, Alberto Carvalho, during a very special prom called the Spring Social at Jungle Island on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Over 600 students with autism spectrum disorders, throughout the Miami-Dade school system, attended the prom just for them. The students danced, and ate and socialized and had their portraits taken by professionals. Carvalho was on hand to crown the king and queen of the prom. Emily Michot / Miami Herald Staff

  • Erick Magyar,17, takes photos of his classmates at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School as they prepare to leave for a very special prom, the Spring Social at Jungle Island on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Over 600 students with autism spectrum disorder, throughout the Miami-Dade school system, attended a prom just for them. The students danced, and ate and had their portraits taken by professionals and the Superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools, Alberto Carvalho, was on hand to crown a king and a queen. Emily Michot / Miami Herald Staff

  • Tracy Biondolillo wipes away tears after her son, Louis, stepped into a stretch limousine and headed off to a special prom at Jungle Island on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Over 600 students with autism spectrum disorders, throughout the Miami-Dade school system, attended a prom just for them. The students danced, and ate and had their portraits taken by professionals and the Superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools, Alberto Carvalho, was on hand to crown a king and a queen. Emily Michot / Miami Herald Staff

  • Students, Ana Sevilla and Louis Biondolillo high five as they travel in a limousine with other classmates to from Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School to attend a very special prom, the Spring Social at Jungle Island on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Over 600 students with autism spectrum disorders, throughout the Miami-Dade school system, attended a prom just for them. Emily Michot / Miami Herald Staff

  • Prom queen, Amanda Lambert, from Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School, sports her shiny new tiara at a very special prom, called the Spring Social, at Jungle Island on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Over 600 students with autism spectrum disorders, throughout the Miami-Dade school system attended a prom just for them. The students danced, and ate and had their portraits taken by professionals and the superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools, Alberto Carvalho, was on hand to crown the king and queen. Emily Michot / Miami Herald Staff

  • Louis Biondolillo, a student at Dr. Michael M. Krop High School shows off some fancy dance moves during a very special prom , called the Spring Social at Jungle Island on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Over 600 students with autismspectrum disorders, throughout the Miami-Dade school system, attended a prom just for them. The students danced, ate and socialized and had their portraits taken by professionals and the Superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools, Alberto Carvalho, was on hand to crown a king and a queen. Emily Michot / Miami Herald Staff