Proposal or promposal?

courtesy of Amelia Dorsey
Above is an image of Justin Hawkins’, senior, promposal to Amelia Dorsey, senior.

Alyssa Fox, web staffer

The word prom, which according to Time Magazine originated in 1911, comes from the word promenade which is defined as a basic dance move in a number of dances including square dancing. KHS’s prom was at the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis, April 22, 2016. But before prom, for many, comes the promposal.

KHS alumni Steve and Trisha Ray, class of 1977, were surprised by the elaborate preparations students made for Prom 2016. They said they were surprised by the expense of renting a hotel, full-length designer gowns and the costs of professionally-styled hair and formal tuxedo rental and also a recent development known as the “promposal.”

According to The Washington Post, the promposal has been around for 15 years now.  This development is defined by Urban Dictionary as a proposal from one person asking another person to prom; is the combination of of the words ‘prom’ and ‘proposal.’ Amelia Dorsey, senior, said this statement is accurate. However, Steve and Trisha said they did not know the difference between a promposal and a proposal. They said their experience with prom was very different.

“[When I asked her to prom] I said I have a state track meet in Kansas City on Saturday, if I get back in time would you like to go to prom?” Steve said. “I just asked her in passing at school because we were dating at the time.”

Steve said asking Trisha to prom seemed like much less of an event because at that time, ideas such as promposals did not exist. Contrary to Steve and Trisha’s story, Amelia said her experience was more interesting.

“[My boyfriend] made me a scavenger hunt,” Amelia said. “Each clue was at a place where we go on dates and at each place was a letter.”

Steve and Trisha said they were surprised at the way prom has changed. They expressed a negative opinion on today’s elaborate actions.

“I think it’s a lot of pressure on the guys to come up with the most creative way to ask when it’s really a simple task.” Trisha said. “I was perfectly content with the simple way Steve asked me, there was no further detail needed.”

However, Amelia said she likes today’s promposals because they have more thought behind them.

“What [my boyfriend] did with cute clues, that only I would understand, was perfect,” Dorsey said. “It was more elaborate, but I liked it.”

 

Another modern day promposal done by Sam Lopate, senior, to Maggie Herwig, senior.

courtesy of Maggie Herwig
Another modern day promposal done by Sam Lopate, senior, to Maggie Herwig, senior.

Above is an image of Justin Hawkins’, senior, promposal to Amelia Dorsey, senior.

courtesy of Amelia Dorsey
Above is an image of Justin Hawkins’, senior, promposal to Amelia Dorsey, senior.

Promposal by Takai Gillam, junior, to Ellie Cassidy, junior.

courtesy of Ellie Cassidy
Promposal by Takai Gillam, junior, to Ellie Cassidy, junior.