The end of every senior year is marked by a night of glitz and glamour. Girls shine in their prom dresses with tuxedoed partners by their sides and dance the night away. Prom is a high school tradition that students across the country eagerly await, planning and preparing for months on end to ensure a night filled with fun and excitement. At Stuyvesant, while a lavish prom night at the Waldorf-Astoria is certainly the moment seniors have been looking forward to, much of the enjoyment for some comes from the touching and unique prom proposals they craft. Here’s a look at some of the particularly impressive “promposals” students have made this season.
Eddie Cytryn and Jaimie Meyers
A month prior to Cytryn’s proposal, Meyers played a trick on Cytryn, fastening the lock on his locker backwards, which made it especially difficult to unlock. In revenge, Cytryn locked his backpack to Meyers’s belt loop and walked away, leaving Meyers stuck with a heavy bag bolted to her body. She decided to get back at him with another prank; when Meyers saw that Cytryn had temporarily abandoned his book bag one day, she “skinned” it—she removed all its contents, turned it inside out, and put the contents back in. When prom season came around, Cyntryn “essentially did the same thing and locked [his] bag to her again, except [he] put a bouquet of flowers in my bag, so that when [he] told her to try and skin [his] bag now, she found the flowers,” Cytryn said. To top it all off, Cytryn personalized the flowers by adding a photo of Bill Hader’s character, Stefan, from one of Meyers’ favorite shows, “Saturday Night Live,” and wrote under it, “Stefan really wants you to go to prom with Eddie.” “It felt really nice to be asked, especially in a cute way that wasn’t like really showy, but was just clever and funny,” Meyers said. “That’s the way to do it.”
Felix Handte and Yana Azova
When senior Yana Azova accepted longtime boyfriend Felix Handte’s invitation to sail with his family in the Caribbean, Handte knew the vacation would be a perfect opportunity for a prom proposal. Anchoring near a small, secluded island the Handte family had visited on a previous trip, Azova and the Handte family went below deck to change into swim attire. “When I came up, Felix and his dad Malcolm had already taken the dinghy [a small boat used to get from a large boat to shore], because Felix wanted to get a photo of something, and he could not wait,” Azova said. “At least that’s what his mom, Janis, told me.” When Azova and the rest of the Handtes finally reached the island, Janis Handte, who was in on the proposal plan, told Azova to go get her son, who she said was probably on the other side of the island. “When I saw Felix standing at the far end of the island staring down at the sand, I realized what was happening, but up until then I had no idea. I jogged over to him and in huge letters dug out in the sand and outlined with coral, were the letters P-R-O-M and a question mark,” Azova said. “I felt elated, excited, and euphoric. I was beaming.” Hand in hand, the couple made their way back to the other end of the island.
Gabriel Hwang and Disi Chen
When senior Gabriel Hwang sang a One Republic song as is his prom proposal to girlfriend, senior Disi Chen, he had, as the song said, “All the Right Moves.” “I wanted to do something musical, because I’m a musician, and I’m very performance oriented,” Hwang said. Hwang, the lead guitarist in his band, had been giving Chen his versions of the songs she requested for a while, and when she asked for “All the Right Moves,” he thought it would be the perfect song to sing for his proposal. Ironically, on the day of the performance, there was some confusion as to where the performance would take place; when Hwang was on the second floor, Chen was on the tenth, but by the time Hwang reached the tenth floor in search of her, Chen had gone down to the second. When they finally reunited in the second floor atrium, Hwang and his friends rolled in a cart with all their instruments. A crowd gradually formed and, “I pulled her [Chen] in front and started playing,” Hwang said. At the close of the song, Hwang asked Chen to prom. To a chorus of “Aw” and a ring of applause, Chen said, “Yes,” before the couple embraced.
Shilpa Agrawal and Konrad Surkont
As members of Stuyvesant’s outdoor track teams, senior Shilpa Agrawal and junior Konrad Surkont were both at the Manhattan Borough Championships on Saturday, May 21. Knowing that Surkont would win his event, the 1600-meter Run, Agrawal went up to the announcer and asked if she could announce Surkont’s win. After the second place finisher was announced, Agrawal broadcasted Surkont’s time and first place finish over the loudspeaker and then said, “Konrad, I have a question: will you go to prom with me?” The stadium erupted in applause as Agrawal walked over to Konrad and gave him a homemade cake that said “PROM?” Agrawal admitted that proposing to Surkont in such a manner was “definitely a very scary thing to do, because it was so public.” However, “it was very exciting,” Agrawal said. “It was definitely a lot of fun.”
Emily Martin and Shuwen Qian
Both senior Emily Martin and Shuwen Qian are huge fans of the television series “Arrested Development,” a show about the dysfunctional Bluth family that aired on Fox from 2003 to 2006. For his proposal, Qian decided to borrow an idea from the series. In one episode of the show, G.O.B. (Will Arnett) tries to show his nephew George Michael (Michael Cera) a card trick; G.O.B. tries to guess the card George has in hand. When he guesses wrong however, he says, “Well, I guess you won the shirt off my back,” and opens his shirt to reveal another wrong card. Qian did a re-enactment of this card trick, except instead of taking off his shirt and having a card on his chest, he wrote, “Will you go to prom with me?” on his undershirt and gave Martin flowers. “I was very surprised, even while it was happening. For some reason, I had no idea what was going on,” Martin said. “And it was very unique.”