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Michelle, will you go to prom with me?

Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / South Tahoe High School senior Nick Stewart hopes the lure of the romantic word in newspaper print will not only sway Michelle Dupuy to join him at the prom, but also persuade the Associated Student Body to provide free prom tickets.

(Editor’s note: The Associated Student Body at South Tahoe High School grants free prom tickets for the most creative prom invitations. Here is Nick Stewart’s attempt for free tickets in asking Michelle Dupuy to the prom. Stewart is a 17-year-old senior.)

Prom is probably considered to be the biggest dance in all of high school.

After being derived from its original name of promenade ball, prom is considered to be one of the most romantic nights for a high schooler, with usual pre-prom activities, a limousine and an expensive dinner. Most girls will go to extreme levels to make prom the best dance they will ever have. They get their hair and nails done, find the most elegant dress and make sure they have a date.

These days girls are not the only ones going to the extreme to make prom the best. So are the men.

Back in the day of my teachers, men would ask girls to prom in such romantic ways, such as taking her to a very expensive dinner, or the classic dinner overlooking some beautiful scenery, or even taking them on a ride in their cool hot rod, but as times changed, so did the ways of asking a girl to prom.

It has even gone to a point where asking a girl to prom is simply a phone call away, but some South Tahoe High School students decided to change that. For the past two years the way of asking a girl to prom has changed for the men.

In the spring of 2005, the South Tahoe High School students were challenged to ask girls to the dance in the most creative way for a chance to win a pair of free tickets to prom. So, when the men of South Tahoe High heard they could win a pair of $65 tickets, they started working on their proposals right away.

Some of the best-known proposals were: Creating a scavenger hunt for the girl from each classroom to the other; having the teacher incorporate the proposal into the lesson plan for the day and singing a song for the girl in front of a class.

The prevailing way and winner of the 2005 contest was Junior Mark Dalmacio, who sang “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole in front of his entire 110-student music class.

Now as the 2006 prom nears, the men of South Tahoe High School are again trying to win the golden pair of tickets to prom. With the prom three weeks away, one would usually wait another week to ask someone to prom, but the high schoolers are making it clear that if you wait, you may lose.

This year, the men have started their proposals early, with some of the following: classroom scavenger hunts to cars and then escorted to the beach, and even to their own house, with “prom” spelled out in rose petals; a T-shirt with a special marker put on that would be decoded when she washes it.

This past week at school, the reigning champ, Mark Dalmacio, did his proposal. It consisted of remaking the airplane scene in the movie “The Wedding Singer” and singing again for the lucky girl in front of the whole school.

“Boys need to start asking girls in more romantic ways because the current ways are so boring,” Dalmacio said. “Girls deserve to be surprised.”

It seems the best ways are the most embarrassing, but as Dalmacio said: “It’s just a little nerve-wracking, not really embarrassing. When you could win two tickets it’s really worth the public humiliation.”

Another proposal, as you may have guessed, is right here in the Tahoe Daily Tribune. This was my idea on how to win the tickets to the prom by asking Michelle Dupuy in the newspaper.

So, will you?

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