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The Willistonian, Est. 1881

The oldest continuously published high school newspaper in America

The Willistonian, Est. 1881

The oldest continuously published high school newspaper in America

The Willistonian, Est. 1881

Promposal Season Returns

Credit: Jivan Girodet

Seniors are bringing back the proposal tradition for another year.

Prom season is among us, and many are excited to see the different ways seniors are asking each other to prom. Proposals can range from a small gesture such like a note to a huge ordeal in front of everyone.

Historically, seniors propose to one another as a way of asking someone to prom. Usually, one will make a poster with a clever rhyme associated with the person they are asking. Others take a more extreme approach and get their friends, teachers, and others to make their proposal extra special.

David Kortikoski, Dean of Students, thinks that students should ask beforehand if they can prompose to ensure no awkwardness if they say no to a proposal.

“I think they could embarrass people and put them in an awkward position where they feel like they have to say yes with other people around,” he said. “I would only advise proposals if you already know the other person is going to say yes.”

You either love or hate promposals’ there is no in-between. Some love grand gestures and others think they are corny.  Common promposals at Williston involve asking in the middle of practice or other settings around a lot of people. No matter how big or small, as long as you put in effort that is more than enough.

Alyssa Matricciani, junior, got promposed to this year and was pleased by the gesture.

“I think a proposal is a cute gesture to show that someone actually wants to go to prom with you so I thought that was nice,” she said.

Mina Sugiyama, also got promposed to and thinks it’s a given if you want to go to prom with someone.

“It is cute when boys put in effort and make a poster for you.” She said. “A promposal is part of the whole fun process of going to prom.”

An Instagram account called @willyprom2024 was recently made by Anna Sawyer, a senior, who posts all the promposals. Students find it entertaining to be able to see all of the clever posters and ideas others have even if they are not physically there to see it.

Anna thinks promposals are an important ritual because they help keep the joyful spirits of prom alive.

“I think promposals should stay a tradition because it is a really nice thing to do for someone and it makes the months leading up to prom more exciting,” she said.

Durgin Shields, a senior who recently promposed to Junior Mina Sugiyama, thinks promposals are the proper way of asking someone to prom.

“I knew who I was going to ask and figured promposing was the right thing to do,” he said. “I’ve heard a lot of people say that promposing is the right thing to do.”

It is common for students to go to prom with a friend rather than someone they are in a relationship with. Some wonder if they still need to prompose if they are not in a relationship with their date.

Caroline Channell, Students Activities Director, thinks everyone should prompose no matter what type of relationship you have with your date.

“I think that friends should absolutely prompose to each other because you can make it that much more personal and it’s really fun,” she said.

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