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Homecoming sparks creative dance proposals

Rachael Gunn and Mattie Culver

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As the seconds until Homecoming tick by, the excitement in the air is palpable. Low volumed chatter spreads through the masses, phones are kept handy in the off chance that their owners can snap shots of a proposal and school spirit shines through the eyes of participants of Spirit Week.

For those who have yet to ask someone, tickets are being sold for only two more days. On the other side of the spectrum, many have already prepared for and organized imaginative, and usually pun-filled, ways to ask their dates to the dance.

“I asked my girlfriend [senior] Robin Bishop by hiding in her pantry,” senior Joe Bresnahan said. “I ordered a cookie cake and made the company write HOCO with a question mark. Then, I bought her Chick-Fil-A and made a white poster with black cow spots all over it, and wrote in red, ‘Eat more chicken with me at Homecoming’.”

This experience was an excitable one, invoking a shocked, yet positive reaction.

“I took the cookie cake, Chick-Fil-A and poster and snuck into Robin’s houseI told her brother to tell her parents that I was there,” Bresnahan said. “I hid in the pantry and her parents opened the door on me three times and almost ruined it. When she saw me, she freaked out and screamed.”

Not everyone hides in their date’s house prepared to surprise them; in fact, many have been asked in school.

“[Junior] Kayla Kim asked me to Homecoming,” junior Ria Singh said. “My friends were acting really weird that morning, which should’ve been a sign, but I had no idea. I walked into lunch and I was sitting for a little bit when Kayla and a couple of her friends walked in with a poster and some really pretty flowers.”

Not everyone expects a dance proposal, but anything can happen in high school.

“I knew Kayla through friends and it was a little awkward initially, but then I got her number and we started to get to know each other,” Singh said. “I didn’t think I would ever get asked to Homecoming, but it was really sweet and I liked it.”

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Homecoming sparks creative dance proposals