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Project Prom winner Nabila Alim sparkles at Deer Park dance

Newsday's Project Prom winner Nabila Alim, 18, reveals

Newsday's Project Prom winner Nabila Alim, 18, reveals the readers' top voted dress Thursday afternoon, June 23, 2016, at a pre-prom gathering at her Deer Park home. Credit: Marisol Diaz

Project Prom winner Nabila Alim, 18, revealed her winning dress Thursday afternoon at a pre-prom gathering at her Deer Park home before heading to the dance at Land’s End in Sayville.

And, drum roll please, the blue dress with its sparkling bodice and flowing skirt by Blush eked out a victory over a frothy red number after thousands of reader votes were recorded online.

Alim, an honor student at Deer Park High School and a self-proclaimed nerd who will attend a six-year accelerated pharmacy program at St. John’s University next fall, was over the moon with her ensemble.

As for everyone else, it was a house divided about the dress, which came from Charlotte’s Closet in Port Washington. Nabila’s dad, Abdul, favored the red dress, while her mom, Nazmun, wanted the blue. “She not only looks beautiful on the outside, she has a beautiful heart,” Alim’s mom said. Alim’s good friend, Jerry Arsenis, 18, said, “I voted for the red online, but this one is actually really nicer in person.”

It was a house united, though, when it came to the guests. “We’re a diverse group,” said Alim, who is Bengali, of her friends, whose nationalities included Turkish, Greek-Italian and Salvadoran. Alim’s mom, wearing traditional Bengali garb, served an enthusiastically devoured Indian dish, chicken biryani.

For her part, Alim was ecstatic. “I was considering not even going to the prom in January. Now, because of Project Prom, I am so excited and exhilarated. I’m super happy with the readers’ choice. I really love it.”

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