Tucked away in someone else’s shoe box of adolescent artifacts, there might be a picture of you in garish clothes and with an outdated ‘do, your arm around a high school squeeze.’
The President of the United States Of America, Barack Obama, is no different.
These previously unpublished photos, were obtained exclusively by TIME from Obama’s schoolmate Kelli Allman (née McCormack).
It shows a 17-year-old Barack Obama on the night of his senior prom.
Left: Kelli Allman‘s OAHUAN 1979 Yearbook.
Right: Obama wrote the above note in Allman’s yearbook at the end of his senior year in 1979.
From left: Greg Orme, Kelli Allman, Barack Obama and Megan Hughes at Allman’s parents’ house in Honolulu.
Millions of American teenagers will go to proms this year. Their photos are more likely to be stored on Facebook than in a shoe box.