PROM?: A look into ISM promposals

Written by: Gabrielle

Edited by: Mehek

Visual by: Mischka

Out of all of the unforgettable moments, one of the most memorable highlights of high school life is Prom, a formal dance held in May for juniors and seniors. The tradition cues the looming end of the school year and serves as a celebration of school spirit and friendships. The Prom Council plans the party complete with a theme (this year’s theme is James Bond 007), awards, food, and music to ensure that everyone has an unforgettable time. Over the past two years, prom has been moved to a virtual setting due to the COVID pandemic. Now that school is back in person thanks to eased COVID restrictions, the ISM administration has decided to host an in-person prom once again. From the preparations to the dance to the after-party, prom is a night guaranteed to bring memories of a lifetime.

While strolling through the hallway or scrolling through social media, students at ISM might have stumbled upon a “promposal.” Promposals are a way where students can invite another to the “biggest dance of high school.” They can be as simple as a text, or as elaborate as a parade. In fact, before the pandemic, grand and raucous promposals became such a common occurrence that they started to disrupt classes and school activities. As a result, the ISM administration decided to ban promposals that would interfere with school events. Nevertheless, this year’s promposals still reflect the creativity and wit of ISM’s juniors and seniors. In no particular order or rank, here is how a few of the Bearcats promposed this year!

I will go EXTINCT if you don’t say yes to Prom!

Dino Dylan (11) asked the rawr-some Anushka (12) to prom with an existential question. Diverting from the typical red or white rose stereotype, he gave her a glowing yellow rose. With its bright and positive hue, it captures the warmth of a sunny day and symbolizes friendship. 

Will YU-Banos go to Prom with me?

Cleverly incorporating Jacque’s (12) last name into the big question, Ganden (12) used lego flowers to offer a unique and sustainable approach to his promposal. Glued onto the poster are pictures of the two, surrounded by fluorescent stars. They even wore matching socks. When asked how she felt during the promposal, Jacque said, “at first I was confused as to what was happening. Then when I saw the poster it hit me. I was so happy, especially with the lego flowers because he remembered I had always wanted them! I’m so grateful to be going with such an amazing guy to prom.” 


Felipe (12) gave Bellee (11) a classic bouquet of crimson red roses. Instead of asking her through a poster, which he knew she did not want, Felipe creatively flashed a glittering bold “PROM?” on his cellphone.

Audrey, SY U at Prom

“I was kind of expecting the promposal, If i’m being honest.” But it was the mariachi band that marched through the hallways on senior prank day that caught Audrey (11) off guard. When she exited her E-block French class to get water, the band, mainly composed of Adit’s(12) friends, came marching after her. “I always told him I didn’t really want a public promposal, because I’m a very shy person when it comes to that kind of thing. But of course, he didn’t listen to me!” says Audrey, jokingly. On the poster, Adit  spelled out the word “Prom” in asparagus, which is Audrey’s favorite food. He didn’t include a question mark because “it was more of a statement.” “I really loved it, it was really sweet,” Audrey concludes.