By Phoenix Ashman
Homecoming has come and gone, along with the opportunity to ask someone to go in a fun, creative way. Red Lion students have really shown their creativity when it comes to asking someone to be their date to homecoming this year.
Senior Hannah Brady’s invitation, given by senior Evan Miller, was a more expected. “He put balloons on my stairwell and they all said, ‘Will you go to homecoming?’ on them. My bedroom was filled with pink and purple balloons. Evan was standing in the middle of the room with flowers, and then he asked me. I said yes!”
Seniors Mason Zeplo and Maddie Arnold-Scerbo became each other’s dates by fishbowl. Zeplo placed his question inside a fishbowl at Pets and You in the Red Lion square. “I asked her this way because we both work at the same pet store for about three years, and I thought it would be a fun way to ask her to homecoming. She loved it,” Zeplo said.
Junior, Emily Hylind, was asked in a much more public way by senior Dom Francisco. “I was at cheerleading practice and he drove his car down,” Hylind said. “My coach knew about it so we were sitting in a circle.
Graeme Nelson got out with a ukulele and started singing ‘Just The Way You Are’ by Bruno Mars. Then Dom started singing with him then they stopped and Dom said, ‘I can’t sing but I can dance. Will you go to homecoming with me?’ I said yes and he gave me flowers.”
On October 7, senior Anna Haynie used boys’ soccer senior night to her advantage to ask her would-be-date senior Ryan Sprenkle to homecoming. She presented him a pizza in a to-go box. Inside the box, the lid read, “This might be cheesy but, homecoming?”
“I asked him this way because I thought it would be funny and different, and I knew he would be hungry after the game!” Haynie said, “He said yes. He loved it!”
Senior Jessica Ham asked her boyfriend Jared Mowery who attends the Mount Joy campus of Lancaster County Career & Technology Center. “I wanted to bring my boyfriend, who doesn’t attend Red Lion, to our homecoming. So after a football game, I wrote on his car to ask him and I filled his car with balloons, streamers, and his favorite candy,” Ham said.
“I put box right above his steering wheel and put a tie that matched my dress inside. He said yes!”
To be sure, the bar has been raised for creative, fun and romantic ways to ask a date to homecoming. The true romantics will be tested as more dances waltz their way around.
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