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April 11, 2014

The year of the prom-posal

Students get creative with invitations to the highlight of high school

SALEM, Mass. — Before entering the movie theater Tuesday night to see “Captain America,” Jason Quadros asked his girlfriend to step outside.

Since she was already inside Museum Place Mall and only a few feet from the theater entrance, Meghan Buckley gave him a puzzled look.

But she walked outside anyway and, following his instructions, spun around and looked up at the lighted marquee at CinemaSalem.

On the left side were the movies now playing: “Noah,” “Muppets 2,” “Captain America” and “The Last Days on Mars.”

On the other side was a message: “Meghan Will You Go To Prom With Me.”

She smiled her answer as he handed her white roses.

As prom-posals go — even with the missing question mark — this was an A-plus. It was certainly better than the Peabody High senior’s first attempt — a text message.

“I told him to try again,” said a smiling Buckley, 18, a student at North Shore Tech in Middleton.

What happened Tuesday night outside a theater in Salem is happening across the country. Prom-posals are all the rage.

They are fast replacing the nervous phone call, the fleeting conversation in a school hallway, the terse email or other tried, true and often lame methods of inviting a date to the prom.

“It’s kind of a new thing this year,” said Brenna Burke, senior class president at Salem High. “You saw them last year and the year before, but not as much.

“Even if people know they’re getting asked, it’s kind of a more formal way. ... It’s kind of like a wedding proposal, but instead you’re just asking to go to the prom with them.”

Just this week at Salem (Mass.) High, a girl had a pizza delivered to a boy during lunch period. When he opened the cardboard box, “Prom?” was written out in black olives.

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