Written by: Sam Borja
From High School Musical, to 10 Things I Hate About You, to Carrie, prom has proven itself to be one of the most iconic points in every high school career. As the post-prom blues kick in, it’s time to reminisce on the ways that ISM students planned elaborate ways to ask their dates to prom (to “prompose”) and #GrabAFriend. Whether it’s a simple private ask or grand performance, every promposal is equally special and #KiligToTheBones in their own right. So, Bearcats, gear up and get ready. Here, in no particular order or rank, are just a few of the many great promposals that happened this year.
Junior Mike F. asked sophomore Erica O. to prom by having his friends give her notes with roses leading from assembly all the way to the high school courtyard, where he was waiting behind a large prom sign and a bouquet of roses. When asked about how he planned it, he says that he “wanted it to be big and special…I just really wanted it to be like that.”
Credits: JCSP Photography
Everything’s better in threes!
Junior triplets Javier L., Jaime L., and Josef L. asked fellow juniors Sophi L., Jasmine Y., and Janice K. to prom just last Tuesday with bouquets of flowers and individuals asks. Sophi L. admitted, “I got the hint it was going to happen from a couple of people, but I’ve known the triplets since the first grade, so I’m really happy to be going to prom with childhood friends. I guess being part of a triple promposal will only happen once in a lifetime so it was pretty great and funny!”
Credits: Angelica C.
“Will you be my Hiro(ki) and take me to prom?”
Senior Vicky C. asked fellow senior Hiroki A. to prom by having “a few friends help out by holding big block letters spelling out the word ‘prom.’” Vicky herself “held up a poster that said ‘Will you be my Hiro(ki) and take me to prom?’” Vicky confessed, “I was so nervous! Not only when asking, but also throughout the whole day leading up to it.”
Junior Ahona S. describes her promposal to junior Nick H. as “very last minute.” She says, “I’ve talked to Nick enough to know the things he likes and so I did my best to incorporate them. For example, two of his favorite things (as far as I know) are Batman and basketball. A really good friend of mine helped me make the Batman poster and another good friend helped make the letters to “PROM.” During break on Thursday, I asked Tom to bring him down to the 2nd floor hallway but as expected, Nick was confused and didn’t realize the promposal was for him, so he stood a meter away and I had to run up to him. I supposedly had a little speech prepared but when I stood in front of him, all the words flew out of my head. I just stood there with the poster and when he realized it was for him, he had the cutest reaction. None of us said a word for a while so I said, ‘Is that a yes?’ and he said, ‘Yes!’ Apparently he was reaching out for a hug but I was so excited that I turned around and yelled ‘He said yes!’ and I never got my hug.”
Some Lucky Nuggets
Junior Alej M. surprised fellow junior Sammy W. at her house with McDonald’s chicken nuggets, cupcakes, and a poster – what more could a girl want? When asked if she saw the promposal coming, she replied, “Not at all! It took me maybe 20 minutes to come downstairs from my room. It was really unexpected but now I’m so happy because Alej is so much fun to be around! #swag #lit.”
Credits: Soham M.
Senior Jenny K. was asked by senior Kensuke K. in the spirit of this year’s prom’s #grabafriend slogan. Going with a friend “makes things so much easier because you’re not awkwardly trying to impress or make the other person have a good time with all the pressure,” says Jenny. “Since Ken and I are so close it’s like we act normally and just play around with each other, so it’s really just comfortable going with a friend.” When asked if this promposal was a complete surprise, she replies, “I wanted to go to prom with Ken since we’re so close but I wasn’t sure if he was gonna ask. Some of my friends said he would ask but I didn’t know when. So basically on the day of [the promposal], he needed to be in the art room to make all the posters and stuff and I was there too, so my friends took me out of the art class during study hall and made me draw 20 carrots! Then I walked out with Danielle and I saw a huge crowd walking my direction in the hallway.”
Credits: Isabel L.
Ang Cute (Viet)Nam-an!
With an incredibly elaborate and grand plan, junior Jerrick T. asked his date, freshman Elisabeth C., to prom whilst they were together on a family trip in Vietnam. Jerrick says, “I decided to prompose slowly over time. On the first day, I gave her an owl plush toy – which also turns into a neck pillow (since we were going on an airplane). On the second day, we went touring around so I gave her a matching cap (hers pink and mine blue). On the third day, I gave her three tin boxes stacked. Inside the bottom, largest one I put this really special Japanese chocolate. In the middle one I put rose petals and crackers, and at the top – the smallest one – I put a very small card that asked if she wanted to have dinner with me. For the dinner I picked a meal and ordered a bouquet of pink roses, and I gave her a box with a stuffed bunny and four cards, each with the letters “P”, “R”, “O”, “M” on the back of four notes.”
Credits: Jerrick T.