By: Katie Drewry
“Will you go to prom with me?”
A fairly simple question on the surface. One phase, one punctuation mark.
Yet, this question is not as simple as it seems. It is the most extravagant invitation to the most extravagant high school event of the school year.
And this prom season asking that “simple” question has become more creative than ever before.
It all started in early February, four months before the May 10th prom, when senior boys began racking their brains for ways to ask that special girl to prom.
Steve Baeder decided that he wanted to ask his date to prom formally and in a way that would be sure to make her day a little bit better.
“I decided to decorate her locker early in the morning, so when she came into school it would the first thing she saw,” said Baeder. “Usually everyone’s in a bad mood in the morning, so I figured surprising her in the morning would brighten her day.”
Baeder’s date, Kim Thrasher, responded exactly the way Baeder had hoped.
“I was just really excited when I opened my locker,” said Thrasher.
Although Thrasher was overjoyed with the way she was asked to prom, she said that would have accepted an invitation to prom any way she was asked.
“Even if he just texted me I would have gone with him,” said Thrasher. “But, it was a really nice surprise.”
Stephanie Dumond, a senior who was on the receiving end of a creative prom invitation, had a different opinion about being asked to prom.
“I told my boyfriend that I really wanted him to ask me to prom in a creative way because I knew he could come up with a good prom proposal,” said Dumond.
Dumond’s boyfriend, Anthony Scirpo, chose to hide a box of candy inside Dumond’s locker.
“There was a note on the box that said to open up my favorite candy,” said Dumond. “So I opened my favorite one and there was a note that said “Prom?” in it.”
Matt Gregis also decided to use his girlfriend, Becca Grabowski’s favorite food to ask her to prom.
“Becca was getting her nails done so I went in to the sushi place next door and ordered her favorite sushi,” said Gregis. “And I asked them to write “Prom?” on the plate with the sauce that the usually put on the sushi.”
Grabowski was really surprised when the waiter brought over their food.
“At first I was wondering why both our sushi was on one plate, but then they served it and I was so excited because I wasn’t expecting it,” said Grabowski.
For Greggis it was challenging to come up with a way to ask Grabowski to prom.
“I saw a bunch of different things so I wanted to do something completely different than everyone else,” said Greggis. “I chose to use sushi because it was unexpected and one of her favorite things.”
Ian Chamenko also wanted to ask his date, Amber Tolboe, to prom in a completely different way.
Since both he and Tolboe work at Hot Tamale Restaurant he chose to ask her to prom there.
“The staff at our work helped me set up a scavenger hunt all over the restaurant,” said Chamenko.
Tolboe had to find 8 card that were hidden in various places around the restaurant. Each card had one word on the front and a clue on the back.
“All the cards spelled out Amber will you go to prom with me,” said Chamenko. “I was hiding with the last card so when she got to the last card I was there holding flowers.”
To Chamenko, it was important to ask Tolboe to prom in a public setting.
“I knew it would be more fun in the crowded restaurant and she wouldn’t be able to say no in front of a lot of people,” said Chamenko.
Rahmi Rountree wanted to ask his date, Natalie Veneri, to prom in an exciting and entertaining way too.
During half time of one of Rountree’s basketball games Rountree and four other boys took the court.
“I asked some of my friends to wear shirts that spelled out ‘Prom?’,” said Rountree. “They stood in front of the bleachers and I walked up the bleachers with flowers to ask her.”
Whether it is in front of a crowd at a sporting event or with a note in a locker it is the thought that counts.