A sampling of ways that area students have asked their dates to the high school prom:
n William Gunner Serota, a senior at Carthage High School, shaped chocolate-chip cookie dough into letters, spelling: Prom?
His date, Carthage senior Carly M. Sullivan , said she and Mr. Serota often do homework together in his familys living room, with homemade cookies a part of the routine.
He was like, Oh, the cookies are done, will you go check them? Miss Sullivan said.
When she pulled the cookie tray out of the oven, she saw the request.
I didnt know it was going to happen, she said. We have cookies every time Im there.
nJake A. Turck, a senior at Carthage, also took the cookie route. But it involved a take-out order of Chinese food for him and his date, junior Cassie M. Birth.
He made sure Miss Birth noticed her fortune cookie in the order.
When I opened it up, the note came out, she said.
It simply read: Will you go to prom with me? Jake
nLast year, Dominic P. Uliano IV, then a junior at Watertown High, asked his date to the prom by putting some 200 pingpong balls into her locker. He and his two brothers had written Prom? onto each ball, a task that took a couple of hours. All of the balls fell out when his date opened her locker.
I didnt think about that, Mr. Uliano said. We had to clean the mess up.
This year he asked a different girl, senior Brittany E. Kaler, to the prom, and the effort required no cleanup. He and Miss Kaler (below) are members of the high school yearbook staff, so Mr. Uliano created a mock yearbook page with the question posed on it.
Miss Kaler was told the page needed editing. After opening it and viewing it, she responded with a yes:) on the mock page.