Chivalry surges as Lowcountry high schoolers plan elaborate prom-posals

abredeson@islandpacket.comApril 30, 2012 

It was their last performance of "All Shook Up" when Hilton Head Christian Academy senior Logan Cunningham said the wrong line to co-star Amanda McElynn.

The switch of words was no accident, though. It was a perfectly planned "prom-posal."

Amanda said that at the end of her solo, Logan was scripted to say, "Sandra, I have to ask you a question." Instead of saying the character's name, Logan said, "Amanda, I have to ask you a question."

"There was this very long pause," she said. "And he was like, 'Will you go to prom with me?' "

Amanda said she turned around and another cast member was holding flowers for her. She gave Cunningham a hug and said yes. The audience cheered and clapped.

"Then he sort of just went off stage and left me there," Amanda said. "And I was just standing on stage by myself. And I was like, 'Yay, I have a prom date.'"

"I'm very, very excited," she said, adding that she had been hoping Logan would ask her to prom, whichheld this past Friday night.

That's just one example of the elaborate measures high school students are going to when asking out their prom dates. They are pulling out all the stops -- using rose petals to spell out "prom," choreographing dances and using fortune cookies to pop the question.

Hilton Head Island High School junior Emma Stanton sought the help of her fellow choir members to pop the question to sophomore Brian Stuligross.

The choir sang "Go to prom with her" to the tune of "Happy birthday to you" while Brian stood there speechless.

"I didn't know how I was supposed to react to it," Brian said.

Although he was taken off-guard by the whole production, Brian said he was more than happy with Emma's proposal.

Bluffton High School senior Marshall Russo also put on quite a show for his prom date, Carli Lamiroult. He wrote a song for her and sang it during intermission at a school talent show.

"I think that's what a guy should do," Marshall said. "They should make it public. ... The more creative the better."

Carli said she was really surprised by the gesture. She wasn't expecting him to ask her to prom. And she's thrilled to be Marshall's date.

"When you find somebody who deserves it, you've got to go above and beyond for them," Marshall said. "And this girl, in my mind, deserves it. ... I like to think that chivalry is still alive in this world."

Not all prom-posals are done on stage. Some are done in the privacy of someone's home. And although not as big a production, they can be just as special.

Hilton Head Island High School junior Connor Hollifield led his girlfriend, Dana Leal, on a scavenger hunt around her house.

Connor was waiting at the end of the hunt with flowers and a sign that said, "Prom?"

"I was really happy," Dana said. "And of course I said yes."

Send us your prom photos

What's more fun than looking at photos of people dressed up for prom? The gorgeous gowns, the impeccable hair, the corsages! (Are those still a thing?)

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