How were you asked to your high school prom? Based on a quick survey of the newsroom, most of the Gen-X and up OPB staff didn’t get much fancier than,”Hey, wanna go to prom? Pick you up at 7 p.m.” (The interns are a different story.)
I received a vase of daisies at my part-time job with a note: Will you go to prom with me? Simple and to the point.
Now, the pressure is on high schoolers to top the most elaborate “promposals.” The Yamhill Valley News-Register reports on a high schooler who requested to have his Wrestler of the Year photo taken with “Moira… Prom?” written on his chest to ask his girlfriend to the dance. The paper went out Friday and yes, she said yes.
“People I don’t know keep telling me how cool it was! It is by far the best promposal yet at my school!” McMinnville High senior J.T. Barnes said in an interview with the newspaper.
It seemed over the top until I started digging through the hashtag #promposals on Twitter: Prospective dates are asking with flowers, food, shoes, coffee, balloons, pizza and more. There’s even a Twitter handle @Promposals, which teenagers can tweet at with their promposal stories. The Oregonian compiled a list of area promposals, too.
When you account for the dress, the tux, pre-dance activities and dinner, USA Today reports that high schoolers are spending an average of $978 on the night. This is down 14 percent from 2013.