MASON — Did you receive a “promposal” this year?
If you are a high school upperclassman, chances are good that you did.
Promposals, although not found in dictionaries, are unique and creative ways to ask your potential date to the prom. And in most cases, they are working.
If you type the word into any Internet search engine, you will find hundreds of videos, tips and suggested ways to accomplish your own promposal. Locally, however, teens have been coming up with their own versions.
Last week, Austin Juelfs was waiting in the school parking lot when Kristin DeVault pulled in. Her favorite parking spot was outlined with traffic cones, each holding a bouquet of flowers.
Juelfs was also holding a bouquet, and at just the right moment, with a little help from friend Wesley Jones, a banner flew down from the school roof with just one word: Prom?
But with that word came affirmation from DeVault that she would, in fact, be his date.
Juelfs and DeVault said while promposals have been in existence a while, they are gaining momentum locally.
The couple has been dating for over 10 months, and while it was expected the two would attend prom together, Juelfs said because they are both seniors, he wanted to make the invitation a special one. It must have seemed special to a lot of people, because in less than 48 hours, the video had more than 4,100 views.
Morgan Harrison was also surprised by her boyfriend Phillip Hoffman in a more public way.
Following a basketball game where Hoffman played and Harrison cheered, he waited until she returned to the floor from the cheer room after the game.
“When I walked out, he had our song, ‘I’ll Be’ by Edwin McCain, playing over the speaker,” Harrison said. “He had my fellow cheerleaders hold signs that said, ‘Morgan, I always want you by my side, so will you be my princess at prom?’”
She said he had giant letter balloons spelling out P-R-O-M sitting beside him and was holding a big bouquet.
Although they have been dating 11 months, Hoffman said he just wanted to show her how much he cared and wanted to make sure her senior year was memorable.
“I know that people think it is just known that you go to prom together if you are dating, but I wanted to be sweet and start off prom season with something big,” Hoffman said.
He continued, “I wanted it to be at a basketball game because she would be cheering for me and then I could be in my basketball uniform. Plus, I wanted to be one of the first to ask.”
Finding a common interest seems to make successful promposals, according to the two couples. They said others have had the prom question written on baseballs or shirts. One posed the question following a quiz bowl tournament that both teens were involved in, and one even had a gun theme, which read, “I’ll take a shot and invite you to prom.”
Dates for the special dances in Mason County are April 30 for Point Pleasant High School, May 7 for Hannan High School, and May 14 for Wahama High School.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.