It’s ‘promposal’ time

Imag­i­na­tion re­quired when ask­ing some­one to prom in 2017.

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY HAN­NAH RUD­DER­HAM Han­nah Rud­der­ham is a Grade 11 stu­dent at Riverview Ru­ral High School in Cox­heath. She is cur­rently on a co-op ed­u­ca­tion place­ment at the Cape Bre­ton Post. Rud­der­ham can be reached at lenda­hand@hot­mail.ca.

Han­nah Crawley knew what was hap­pen­ing but she still got but­ter­flies in the pit of her stom­ach.

Her best friend Ai­den Lynk set up an elab­o­rate plan to ask Crawley to her se­nior prom.

It was on Feb. 18 that Crawley, who lives in Syd­ney, be­came a re­cip­i­ent of the ex­plo­sive so­cial me­dia trend called a “promposal.”

A promposal is an elab­o­rately staged re­quest to be some­one’s date to prom. The trend be­gan back in 2001, but went vi­ral in 2011 when 20,000 videos were tagged un­der promposal on Youtube.

The promposal pop­u­lar­ity be­gan in the U.S., but it has made its way to Cape Bre­ton.

Crawley ini­tially asked Lynk if he’d ask her to prom, but she wasn’t ex­pect­ing an elab­o­rate promposal.

Crawley, who is in Grade 12 at Syd­ney Academy, and Lynk, who’s a Grade 11 stu­dent at Riverview Ru­ral High School,

have been best friends for four years.

The promposal was staged with the help of Crawley’s mother. She picked up her daugh­ter fol­low­ing a sleep­over at a friend’s house and when they ar­rived home, Crawley’s sis­ter brought her into the liv­ing room. She was told to sit on the couch.

“I felt ner­vous but I’m not sure why,” Crawley said. “I knew what was hap­pen­ing as soon as I saw the video up on the TV screen.”

Lynk had em­braced their mu­tual love of travel. He com­posed a video with the help of their friends, most of whom live in dif­fer­ent parts of the world. Some of the friends held up love notes, while oth­ers spoke in their na­tive lan­guage ask­ing Crawley to the prom.

Once the video stopped, Lynk en­tered the room wear­ing a Bat­man one­sie.

“We both re­ally love bat­man,” Lynk said.

“So I walked into the liv­ing room and I had a bat­man one­sie on with a cape. I ripped off the cape and un­der­neath it, it said ‘Prom?’”

Lynk wanted the promposal to re­flect what their friend­ship is all about.

“I just wanted to make the day spe­cial for her.”

Crawley said she can’t wait to spend prom with Lynk.

“I couldn’t be more ex­cited to get all dolled up and spend the night danc­ing with my best friend.”

The promposal phe­nom­e­non took hold of an­other cou­ple —15-year-old Erika Lewis and her boyfriend of two months Zackary Kennedy.

Lewis, from Syd­ney River, re­ceived her promposal on March 6. Kennedy, 17, from Syd­ney, hopped on the band­wagon with a promposal of his own.

He got one of his friends to make up a poster read­ing, “Prom would be un-BEAR-able with­out you.”

He paired this greet­ing with a stuffed bear and a bou­quet of flow­ers.

“I got down on one knee with the poster in my hand and asked if she’d go to prom with me,” Kennedy re­called.

Since the win­ter­time prompos­als, both cou­ples have picked out their suits and bought their dresses.

Lewis and Kennedy say they’re ready for Riverview High’s prom on June 27, while Lynk and Crawley are gear­ing up for Syd­ney Academy’s prom the day be­fore.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Ai­den Lynk, left, used a video promposal to suc­cess­fully ask Han­nah Crawley to be his prom date.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Zackary Kennedy, left, smiles as he presents his girl­friend, Erika Lewis with his ver­sion of a promposal.

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