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April 11, 2014

The year of the prom-posal

Students get creative with their invitations to the highlight of high school


A girl with an interest in science found a similar invitation on her locker, but this time “Prom” was spelled — as best as possible — using elements from the Periodic Table.

At Beverly High, a girl was told there was a break-in to her car in the school parking lot. When she went to check, her boyfriend was waiting with chocolates and flowers.

Another Beverly student spelled out “Prom?” in blue plastic cups in a chain-link fence at the Monserrat train station.

During an assembly at North Shore Tech, a boy receiving an award from a prospective prom date pulled up his shirt to reveal “Prom?” scrawled on his chest.

Some prom-posals take teamwork.

Just the other day at Bertram Field, during a girls lacrosse game between Salem High and Swampscott High, a Swampscott boy got friends to help him hold a banner: “No. 5, Will You Go To The Prom With Me?”

The movie marquee invitation began when Quadros emailed CinemaSalem. Without hesitation, co-owner Paul Van Ness gave the OK.

“We’re going to do it, because we’re hopeless romantics, but it’s also sort of fun,” Van Ness wrote in an email.

For Buckley, the message on a marquee was a lot better than a text. In fact, it ranked right up there in the world — the apparently growing world — of prom-posals.

“This is the best one I’ve seen,” she said.

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