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By Alanna Greene

Promposal sign

As the post-Junior Prom hype starts to fade, another event takes its place- Senior Ball. Shopping, salon booking and limo renting consume to-do lists and signify that prom is right around the corner. But as mid-May rolls around, there is another item that many students are checking off their lists: Promposing.

There is no shortage of promposals this year as theater, Disney and puzzle-themed promposals took place over the last month. Avid actress Niki Jew was surprised with a “Newsies” promposal in the Little Theater by Isaiah Chiu, who got fellow drama students to help him.

Anvita Lakshmish took the stage during her monologue in the spring production, “The Gray Area,” and surprised the audience as she brought Lucas Lee up to the stage and promposed to him.

Another Little Theater promposal was done by Alex Luque, who asked Ada Hoch-Schneider using their mutual love for Lord of the Rings. Luque hobbled barefoot onto the stage dressed as a hobbit, and began his promposal with, “Excuse me, Gandalf said Ada would be here. Is she here?” The drama class pointed to Schneider in the audience, who accepted his offer of a donut that took the place of the infamous ring.

“I came up with the idea through our relationship. You want to pick the personal things that make it special,” Luque said when asked about the promposal’s significance.

Despite his experience in theater, Luque’s nerves still played a role in the promposal. “I wasn’t nervous for rejection, but it’s always nerve-wracking putting yourself out there. Especially when you’re doing something everyone might not understand.”

The happiest place to prompose. Photo courtesy of Jacob Luque
The happiest place to prompose.
Photo courtesy of Jacob Lee

Perhaps the most magical one of all took place at Disneyland, when Jacob Lee and LeAnne Chan both happened to be there over Spring Break.

Long-time couple Kaitlin Yee and Erin Giang  switched things up this year, and Yee asked him in a creative and intricate way. Yee had students go up to Giang throughout the day and hand him puzzle pieces. The final piece came from Yee who surprised him at the circle, holding up a sign. The completed puzzle was a picture of Yee holding up this same sign.

Surprised by the elaborate gesture, Giang commented that, “the expectation that the guy should ask the girl is a stereotype. It shouldn’t matter if the girl asks first.”

Kendall Atkinson "promposed" to Sami Charfeddine. Photo by Alanna Greene
Kendall Atkinson “promposed” to Sami Charfeddine.
Photo by Alanna Greene

Following this same notion, Kendall Atkinson asked foreign exchange student Sami Charfeddine, knowing that this was his only chance to experience a true “American” prom.

In agreement with Giang, Atkinson commented that, “the stigma of guys having to ask girls to prom is ridiculous. Anyone should be able to ask anyone. I don’t think that stigma is too prevalent at AHS because a lot of girls tend to ask boys to be their date, which I think is really good for both the boys and girls where the boys don’t feel as much pressure and the girls can be confident and take charge.”

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