Prom has always been considered one of the biggest and most important events of high school. Students spend an excessive amount of money on dresses, tuxedos, shoes, accessories, tickets, limos and so much more, all to get those perfect prom pictures.
Over the years, the styles and priorities of prom have changed. Big, poofy and mostly modest dresses have transformed into sparkly, glamorous dresses with zig-zagging designs and cut-outs. The heels are taller than ever; every single hair is perfectly curled and glued in place as to not fall before the end of the night.
While our parents were mostly concerned with not looking dorky on the dance floor, the teenagers of this technology and social media-ruled generation are slightly more concerned with taking and posting only the most perfect and like-worthy pictures.
Although the values of prom have changed over time, one thing is the key to making all of this happen — a proposal to prom or what is more commonly known as a “promposal.”
Promposals have grown more creative and elaborate over the years, pressuring those who are asking another to prom to do so in an original and adorable manner. From cheesy pick-up lines to flowers to balloons, everyone anxiously waits, wondering and hoping they will receive a promposal.
As the snow finally melts and the spring is quickly approaching, it is officially “promposal” season here at Leesville. Left and right, students are being surprised with a proposal to the biggest event of the year. And, of course, if a picture of the promposal isn’t posted on social media, then did it even happen?
Nate Yando, junior, blew up a whopping 214 balloons for his promposal to junior Sara Brooks.
“I filled up a lot of balloons and put [them] in her room and I had a sign that said ‘Prom would be poppin’ with you’ so it was sitting on the bed when she walked in the room,” said Yando. “[I’m most excited for] being able to spend time with my really good friends, going out to dinner with them and having fun.”
For the boys, prom is a completely different experience as opposed to the girls. Most of the time, girls spend a crazy amount of time waiting to receive their promposal.
“I got asked by Gabe Braga [and] I was surprised. He had an eno set up and there was a sign that said ‘ENOugh said, let’s go to prom,’” said Caroline Smith, senior.
There are various ways to ask another to prom like spelling out “Prom?” with flower petals, making signs with cheesy puns or with the other’s favorite food.
“My dream promposal is to get promposed [with] food. So, I really like pizza, and I’ve seen the whole ‘is this too cheesy?’ thing, but food would be so cool. And then if everyone else got into it that would be really cool. So almost like a flash food mob,” said Asia Yu-Robinson, junior. Yu-Robinson is also a member of the junior council which is in charge of planning prom this year.
“This year’s prom theme is called ‘Classy Carolina Night’ and it’s almost like a southern theme, so we’re going to have twinkly lights and daisies in mason jars. So kind of like the Footloose theme at the end,” said Yu-Robinson.
Prom is scheduled for April 25 which gives students plenty of time to plan and receive “promposals”. Tickets cost $35 per person, and the dance will be held at the Hilton on Wake Forest Road for a fun and classy night to remember.