Prom Proposal Contest
Most Crystal students dread the beginning of May. The month is filled with AP testing and preparation for final exams that stand in the way of summer vacation, but this year, as a junior, the month of May has at least one redeeming quality—it’s the month of prom.
At CSUS, the junior class officers are in charge of planning and hosting the event, and as junior class co-president, prom has been on my mind for at least a year. But as the date of the event (May 19) approaches, the stress of fundraising and venue research has quickly given way to excitement. This year, we decided to hold a Prom Proposal Contest in which we urged students to ask their dates to prom in the most outlandish and creative ways possible. The junior class officers and I were admittedly nervous about whether or not students would be interested, but people’s enthusiasm over the contest was incredible.
We received over 15 elaborate submissions that included descriptions, recordings and photos of people’s proposals. The entries ranged from ridiculous to romantic, but all involved a huge amount of thought and preparation. One student dressed up as a dinosaur to ask their date and another made a video that was played during their date’s biology class. Our favorite, however, asked their date by having our girls’ choir group (Vick’s Chick) change the words of “Here Comes the Sun” to “Here Comes the Prom.” The choir interrupted a physics class to do the prom proposal and sang the song to the student being asked. We chose this proposal as the contest winner and awarded the winner and her date with free tickets to prom.
Although only one entry could win the prize, the two weeks leading up to the contest were filled with constant excitement as students asked each other to prom during lunch, breaks and in class without any notice. So despite all the stresses this month, most juniors and seniors will spend the evening of May 19 at a night club in San Francisco, enjoying themselves at least for a night before entering the final stretch before summer.