Reunited childhood sweethearts attending first 'Senior Prom'

Senior Prom

Connie and Jeff Spencer hold an album containing photos from their time together in school at the Camper's Inn campground on Monday, February 4, 2013, in Panama City Beach, Fla. The reunited childhood sweethearts plan to attend the winter resident senior prom.

Heather Leiphart / The News Herald
Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Twenty eight is Jeff and Connie Spencer's lucky number.

It was Jeff's football jersey number in high school, it's the couple's anniversary day every November and it’s the number of years it took for them to reunite after parting ways as teenagers.

Jeff and Connie now have been married six years and finally have the opportunity to attend the "Senior Prom" together, and they've even been nominated for king and queen.

The couple will attend their first prom together Thursday at the Winter Resident Senior Prom at Edgewater Beach Resort, hosted by the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitor's Bureau. The second annual event is one of the most anticipated snowbird events of the season, with tickets selling out in only a few hours.

For the Spencers, the prom is a chance to relive memories of their younger years spent together.

The pair met in junior high — he was a football player and she was a cheerleader. They were voted "cutest couple" in eighth grade and Jeff was Connie's escort for the junior high Sweetheart Valentines Dance. In 1973, they wrote "Connie -N- Jeff" in the wet cement on Connie's driveway.

Jeff and Connie dated through high school, but missed out on the chance to go to prom together.

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