R.E. Lee High School students moved to the beat of a different drummer as they gear up for their big dance.
"He catches the attention of young audiences and so we chose to have him come as our prom speaker this year," says Lee junior Christopher Scott.
“He” is Dr. Adolph Brown, a Hampton University professor and motivational speaker.
"He's an exceptional speaker and has a great message for young people," boasts Lee's principal John Fahey.
And that is?
"My goal for young people today is for them to instill the philosophy and definition of character, true character," says Dr. Brown.
As Dr. Brown delivered this message to a packed Lee Auditorium, it wasn't meant to be for just one night.
"The prom promise isn't just for one night," says Brown. "I didn't come for one night. I came for a life time. My message isn’t necessarily what we do today. It's what they do tomorrow and the next week with the info that I gave."
Brown hopes his message sticks come prom time when a number of bad choices could prove to be tragic.
"The one thing I remember the most is when trouble goes or things go bad, you don't have to go along with it," says Scott.
And that thought is echoed by the entire Lee staff adds Fahey.
"We really care about these kids and we tell them that, we show them that and we want them to take that with them wherever they go."