Rock Canyon High School junior Olivia Myers, left, was the recipient of this “promposal” from fellow junior Jack Ramsey, right, recently.
Courtesy of Olivia Myers
“Will you go to the prom with me?” is so passé.
The question doesn’t seem right in today’s teen universe without something that screams lights, camera and action.
From a singing invitation to balloons filled with paper posing the question to an illuminated walkway spelling out the request, the promposal appears to be a trend that’s here to stay.
“It’s a personal thing that shows that person means more to you,” says Dean Reis, a senior at Woodland Park High School.
Officially defined as an elaborately stated request to be someone’s date to a prom, the tradition started nationally in 2011 and has grown to become yet another competitive element of the high school years.
“Apps like Instagram and Twitter have taught us how to compare ourselves very well,” he said, “and this is just another (way) to showcase.”
Of course, part of the experience is posting photos on social media.
So guys feel the need to make a promposal “big and grand, but also unique and different,” Derrius said.
Olivia Myers, a junior at Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch, has been fantasizing about hers since she was in middle school.
“I’ve seen different ways and wondered how it would happen for me,” the 17-year-old said. “It’s a desire for a lot of girls.”
Last week, unbeknownst to Olivia, her boyfriend enlisted the help of her family to arrange tea lights in the driveway of her house to form the word “Prom?”
It’s also kind of fun, Dean said, to be romantic and chivalrous leading up to a special night that remains a teenage rite of passage.
The element of surprise — “When that person walks in, and you see their face, catching them off-guard” — is the best part, he says.
Dean’s been known to amass the Woodland Park High men’s ensemble to pop the question in public with the song, “My Girl.”
“It can be very inexpensive when you take the time to consider what’s important and special between two people and put thought behind your promposal.”
Other times, students make posters with the question and hang them on the intended’s car in the parking lot.
While promposals are often expected, Bruce said it’s still not bad to go the old-fashioned route and just ask the person you’d like to go with.