Every girl is hopeful and every boy is stressed when it comes to a prom proposal. At Rutland Senior Secondary a student took it to the next level and orchestrated a memorable moment.
Grade 12 student, Keith Errington, wanted to his ask his best friend, of over five years, to prom and he wanted to do it in style.
With the help of some of her friends, the permission of her boyfriend and some audiovisual help from fellow tech students the prom proposal went off without a hitch.
The YouTube video now has over 4,000 views after only five days.
“It is a thing I have been thinking about for a long time and since it is my Grade 12 year I really wanted to do something special,” explained prom proposer Errington. “I wanted to have a story to tell people later on in life.”
Errington says he was inspired by the video done by a Mount Boucherie student, Cameron Waller, that we shared on Castanet in December.
“I watched a bunch of YouTube videos to get some ideas of what to actually do and then I guess I sort of made it up on the spot,” explained Errington.
He had the event planned for the afternoon break to ensure most of the students would be at the school. He then got the principal to clear the forum and with some help he put balloons everywhere so people would wonder what was happening and come to watch out of curiosity.
“It was really nerve-racking honestly,” says Errington.
The girl he was set to ask was Alanna Tulman, a fellow grade 12 student who has been best friends with Errington since their early teens.
"I just wanted to do something special for a girl that deserved it,” said Errington.
Alanna Tulman is still in awe about the whole event. She said she came out of her afternoon class and was handed the first rose by one of her closest friends.
“I got led down the hallway and there were more people every few steps with roses with notes on them. They said things like, ‘I’ve been meaning to ask you this question for awhile,’ ‘We’ve been friends for such a long time,’ and ‘You’ve always been close to me,’ explained Tulman.
When she entered the forum, she was greeted by a massive crowd surrounded by a ton of balloons and Keith standing in the centre.
“I ran up to him and the last rose said ‘Prom?’ on it. He asked me and I said yes and the whole school cheered,” giggled Tulman.
“It was actually really cute, to have everyone there. All the attention was overwhelming for the moment; I was shaking with everything going on."
Now the pressure is on, after this over the top prom proposal, for others to take their proposals up a notch..
“Most girls were saying this is so cute and now everyones expectations for prom are so much higher. Most guys even agree it was cute,” laughed Errington.
“I heard the other girls talking in the hallway and they were like saying how they have such high expectations for prom now, and the teachers are saying, 'Uh-oh, the bar is raised', and all the guys are just like, 'Oh man I give up',” jokingly added Tulman .
As for a romantic future for the pair? No - they are just friends. Tulman’s current boyfriend knew Errington was going to ask her to prom.
“He was a little upset with the big moment but we talked about it and we are all cool now,” said Errington.
The Rutland Senior Secondary Prom is May 19, 2014. The duo will get all dressed up and arrive with their friends in style.
“I am super excited; it is going to be really fun. I know we will get a limo beforehand,” said Tulman.