It’s Promposal Season

Since the cordial announcement of Prom’s theme in January, boys and girls alike have been scrambling to find the right tuxedo or that perfect dress in the right shade. Before the plans are finalized though, the promposals must commence. The first of the promposals is by junior Dawson Langdon who asked out his long-term girlfriend, sophomore Ally Andrews.

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“I bought a styrofoam cooler and I wrote Yeti on it,”  said Langdon. “On the underside of the lid I wrote ‘Prom would be ‘cooler’ if you were there,’ and on the inside of the cooler there was a Yeti cup and candy.”

While keeping genuine feelings of care and devotion, Langdon managed to keep the price of his proposal under his budget.

“I spent about $40 on the promposal,” Langdon said.

For Langdon the most anxious part of the process was making sure the surprise remained a secret.

“After I told her to see the new cooler that I had gotten, I hoped that she wouldn’t get there before I did,”  Langdon said.

At the end of the day, Langdon received the initial reaction that he had hoped for.

“I was hoping that she would be happy and excited,” said Langdon . “It happened and she said ‘yes’.”

IMG_2269-1 Junior Weston Butcher also promposed to his girlfriend of two months, sophomore Kayleena Otero. He waited at the front of the school and surprised her after she left musical rehearsal.

“I parked my car in front of the school, put about six balloons on it and bought her a princess ring,” said Butcher. “I also wrote a sign that said ‘Will you be my princess for prom?’”

The preparation for Butcher’s gesture took two weeks to put together and accomplish.

“ I had to secretly get her ring size,” said Butcher. “I also had to push the prom subject out of the way and not bring it up in conversation.”

Just like Langdon, Butcher hoped for his girlfriend’s outcome to be pure joy and excitement. After an excruciating period of time waiting by his car, he finally got the answer he wanted — a yes and a kiss.

“I was freaking out. I was really nervous, and a couple of people came outside and made me even more nervous,” said Butcher. “I was mostly nervous to see her reaction to everything though.”

Junior Jesus Rodriguez asked long-term girlfriend, senior Erin Flynn to prom. After hearing Flynn talk about being promposed to, he decide that it was time to pop the question.

“Her and I are both into art, and the school has been doing tape murals so I thought that it would be clever to ask her out that way,” Rodriguez said.

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He utilized blue painter’s tape and wrote the word ‘Prom’ in human-sized letters on a wall near the front of the school.

“I stayed after school until about 6:30 working on it,” Rodriguez said.

The day after the product was finalized, Rodriguez brought Flynn into the school. She was oblivious to what was about to happen.

“She started tearing up,” said Rodriguez. “She looked at the wall, saw the mural and said ‘Oh my God.’ My brother then gave her flowers.”

Before showing her the wall, Rodriguez was unsure about the outcome of it all.

“I was really nervous, but it went exactly how I hoped it would,” Rodriguez said.

Langdon and Butcher show that sentimental thought and time must be spent to come up with the most romantic gestures. Even though the promposal is a major part of the “prom experience”, it is also just the tip of the iceberg when planning the perfect night.
“Now that that’s over, she has to get her dress. I still have to get my tuxedo, along with the corsage,” Butcher said.