It’s that time of year again. Students search store after store for the perfect prom outfit, and promposals are planned and executed skillfully. Prompose is a word that has recently gained popularity. It is an elaborate, often public, display of asking someone to prom.
Taylor Gillespie, senior, reported, “I asked my best friend from my old school. Her name is Sydney. I am R2D2 and she is C3PO. I went to 5Below and bought a ton of Star Wars stuff, specifically C3PO and R2D2. I lined them up outside of her house and the items formed the word 'PROM?' Then I made a cheesy collage of our memories along with a written letter. She cried because it meant a lot to her and she had no idea she was going to see me.”
Others like LeeAnna Linton and Colter Wilson, juniors, had unique promposal experiences. “Colter and I are best friends, so I knew I wanted to go to prom with him. One night I sent him a text message saying, ‘I know you won't be saving lives, but you'll be saving me from prom. So, will you go to Prom with me?’ He said yes, and I was super excited. Later that week, Colter promposed to me by spelling ‘PROM’ with all the fire equipment, and he laid in front of it. And then, of course, I said yes.”
Jenny Alvarez, senior, describes her promposal: “The guy that asked me created a poster referring to Mickey Mouse and prom (because I love Mickey Mouse). The poster read ‘Mickey needs Minnie and Tigger needs Pooh and I need to go to prom with you.’ While I was reading the poster he was holding a Mickey Mouse and flowers and, of course, my answer was yes.”
Stephanie Russo, senior, recalls her promposal, “Alex Majors accidentally took my phone upstairs and was about to watch YouTube until he realized that it was my phone and not his. So he took a picture of himself making a heart with his hands and wrote "Prom?" at the top of the picture. As I was about to leave his house, that picture was my background picture on my phone. And of course, I said yes.”
However, not all of the New Haven students are going to prompose. Bobby Pruessner, junior, shares his opinion by saying, “I dislike the idea of a promposal because it forces me to be creative. I don't want to have to worry about it; I just want to ask her, because that's what really matters.”
Another student, Rachel Connell, junior, states, “Well, since I'm in a relationship, I just kind of assumed if I'm going, he's going. No promposal there!”
It does not matter how the students were asked to prom, or if they even were asked, as long as they have fun at the 2016 prom - that’s what’s important!