With Spring Break officially over, AP exams fast approaching and graduation just around the corner, we, the some 500 graduating seniors of Leesville, are in the home stretch of high school. These last two months, marked by college decisions and plans for summer, will be filled with equal parts laughter and tears as we look to end high school on a high note.
However, before we can say our goodbyes and go our separate ways, we have one final challenge to tackle, one last moment that can make or break our senior years.
Prom is here, and for guys, the expectations are higher than ever.
“A promposal is some sort of out of control, over the top way for a guy to ask a girl to prom,” said Mrs. McGarry, English teacher. “When I was in high school, guys just asked girls directly if they wanted to go to the dance, but today, that isn’t enough.”
For the past several weeks, promposals have been all the rage at Leesville, whether they involve balloons and candy or a candlelit question. Sean Bryant, senior, asked his best friend to Prom by hiding a locked chest in her car with the question written on a note inside.
“Girls want to tell stories about the cute way they were asked to Prom. If a guy asks in a more creative way, it’s definitely more exciting and memorable for whoever he asks,” said Bryant.
Caitlin Fogarty, senior, feels that promposals, although extravagant by nature, should be more personalized than extravagant. Said Fogarty, “If a guy can ask in a personal way, it shows how genuine he is, which I think is much more important than doing something that’s just big and flashy.”
Fogarty isn’t alone in her beliefs; McGarry agrees that promposals should have less significance than they do at Leesville. “Guys and girls both like the attention that comes along a promposal, but in reality, it doesn’t matter. Prom is all about the experience, going and having a good time with friends, not who got asked the ‘best’ way,” said McGarry.
Bryant focused on the attention that comes along with a promposal when considering how this trend has spread. Bryant said, “I asked my best friend the way I did because I wanted to make her happy… Girls, some guys too, like the attention of promposals, and knowing that somebody asked them in an original way makes them feel good.”
For a relatively recent trend at Leesville, promposals seem here to stay in the long run. After all, with the competitive nature of boys always striving to one-up each other, nobody wants to be the guy who couldn’t come up with something unique.
Regardless of whether or not her promposal is elaborate, Fogarty reminds her fellow seniors to focus on what the promposal stands for instead of what actually takes place.
“Asking someone to Prom is about knowing that you’re going to have a fun night together,” said Fogarty. “It shouldn’t matter how fancy a promposal is, the fact that a guy asks a girl at all should tell her that he wants to go and have fun.”