The students dined on chicken, pizza, potato salad, rolls, and macaroni and cheese; later they were to have their pictures taken. Members of the court, headed by King Brian Coleman and Queen Adriana Ramirez, were adorned with crowns, tiaras and sashes. The students did not have to pay for anything. The school club Special Falcons raised money to cover the costs, Recentio said. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We are just giving them a prom so they can do normal things like we get to do,” said Jessica Pierik, one of three seniors who planned the event. “They are just sweet little kids. I thought I could just help and make them happy.” The two other seniors who planned the dance are Robyn Taveras and Ryan Brannon. Teacher and senior project mentor Eva Recentio said Palmdale is the only school in the Antelope Valley Union High School District that has a winter ball for special-education students. It first started in 1995 as a Valentine’s Day dance, and then in 2003 was changed to a winter ball, Recentio said. “Our population is not able to go to a regular prom,” Recentio said. “We try to make it comparable to the winter prom of regular-ed students.” PALMDALE – They dressed in suits and fancy dresses Friday and sat in the gymnasium where formal tables held plastic champagne glasses filled with mint candies wrapped in white netting. It was a special winter ball for about 80 Palmdale High School special-education students. And it came complete with throbbing dance music, streamer and balloon decorations and a prom court. “It’s awesome because I see people dancing, I like the DJ, and I have a date. His name is Anthony,” said sophomore Claudia Reyes, who wore a borrowed burgundy gown with black chunky high-heeled shoes and black fishnet stockings. The Winter Ball is an annual event that has been organized by seniors as part of their senior project, a graduation requirement.