Shortly after a concert had finished in the performance hall, senior
"When I got onstage, a couple of his buddies walked on with a white board on wheels that had the words 'Prom?' written on it," Skaro said. "He got on one knee and handed me the chocolate."
Skaro is one of several recipients here of a "promposal," a growing trend among students who ask their date to prom in an exceptionally creative way. Red River students have been bending over backward for their dates in the past few years, and many say they're trying to out-do their previous efforts.
Students said how you ask is almost more important than the event itself, which this year falls on Saturday.
"It's just fun and it makes memories for both of you," said senior
Some promposals required a little bit of luck.
Last week, senior
While she slept, he quickly set up the screen, though he wasn't worried about her seeing him because he was cloaked in darkness, he said. But she really didn't want to get out of bed.
"I called her and woke her up," he said. "I don't think the pretty moon outside was that important to her compared to her sleep."
Even with Yunker's mom trying to coax her out of bed while trying to stifle laughter it took a few minutes before the senior appeared at her window.
"It was a pretty easy 'yes' for her, I think," Hanson said. "She and I have been dating for two-and-a-half years now, so it wasn't that nerve wracking for me."
Other attempts resembled mini-scavenger hunts. Halverson and his friend,
An acquaintance of Halverson's acted as a chauffeur and drove the girls to
"They both said 'yes,' and they both thought it was really cute," he said.
Some students sought to top last year's efforts. Hanson wasn't so sure he could, he said.
Last year, he was in
This year, "she was kind of awestruck that I went as far as I did," he said. "After last year, she wasn't expecting something as big."
Some students just wanted their proposal to be competitive. For instance, senior
"I just wanted to think of something unique," she said. "I feel like everyone tries to top each other and I wanted to do that."
Such grand gestures get immediately captured on social media, which encourages students to up the wow factor. Principal
Doing something unique "is the only way kids get asked to prom these days," he said.
Some students said they'd seen more than a dozen big proposals this year alone, and many noted that it was a standard that didn't seem to be going away soon.
"All the girls love the theatrics of it," Hanson said.
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