May 1, 2013 |
THE BLACK, midcalf lace dress that 19-year-old Alicia Gaitor modeled for her family and onlookers hit all the right notes. It was classic, yet fresh. Form-fitting, yet tasteful. "I love it," her sister said. "That dress was made for you," an onlooker agreed. It was a great choice. But the look on Gaitor's face said it all: It wasn't the dress. "She's always been picky," sighed her mother, Michelle. "Usually about the wrong things. " She and her other daughter headed back to the chairs they'd been keeping warm for more than an hour.
April 25, 2013 |
WHEN CENTRAL HIGH School student Walid Abduldaki asked a girl to the senior prom, he didn't stop her in the hallway to pop the question. He didn't call. Or email. He sure didn't text. Instead, the 17-year-old sent prospective date Ana Koerner on a scavenger hunt, a daylong quest that led from her school locker to an office and classroom, and friend to friend, until she wound up, said Abduldaki, "on the blacktop by her car, where I was waiting with a bouquet of flowers. " If such a shenanigan sounds like a romantic scene from "The Bachelor," consider this: Abduldaki and Koerner aren't dating.
April 22, 2013 |
Friday was going to be a big day for the seniors of Penn Wood High School, the day they would get to buy prom tickets. "All of us have been talking about prom since January," Sabreen Abbass, 17, said. "All of us had our passes to come down and buy our prom tickets. We all had our dresses. " Instead, she had a day off she didn't want. She and her friends will get to buy their prom tickets eventually, but they don't know when or where. A blaze early Thursday that officials have declared arson has barred them from their Lansdowne school, its walls charred and windows boarded.
March 6, 2013 |
Kelly Nelson was rather expecting her best friend, Pat Burns, to ask her to the Haddon Township High School prom. She knew his words would be sweet. But they certainly weren't short. And that was just the start of the surprise. "My mouth dropped open," says Nelson, 18, in describing her reaction to the 8-by-80-foot invitation she encountered on her way to school Monday: "Kelly Prom? [heart] Pat. " Burns, 18, built the display by inserting individual plastic foam cups into a chain-link fence along Crystal Lake Avenue.
February 18, 2013 |
SULLIVAN, Ind. - A quiet Indiana community known for its parks and corn festival has become the latest setting for the debate over gay rights and bullying after several area residents, including some high schoolers, proposed holding a nonschool-sanctioned "traditional" prom that would ban gay students. School officials and many residents of Sullivan, a city of about 4,200 near the Illinois border, have scrambled to distance themselves from the controversy caused by the group's plans and from some strong, antigay remarks made by one of its members.
February 5, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Sex sells. Babies sell even more. And advertisers are hoping animals will make you laugh all the way to their stores. While the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens battled on the field during Super Bowl XLVII, marketers from Best Buy to M&M to Toyota were competing against each other on advertising's biggest stage. And were pulling out the most persuasive tools of their trade. The stakes were high, with 30-second spots going for as much as $4 million and more than 111 million viewers expected to tune in. Here are some ad highlights through the third quarter: Babies and families Hyundai's "Epic Playdate" spot, right before kickoff, showed a family partying with the band The Flaming Lips: wreaking havoc at a natural history museum, getting chased by bikers, going to a petting zoo and playing in a park.
June 5, 2012 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Lexi Thompson had been away from the LPGA Tour for a time, including the May weekend she was accompanied by a Marine to her South Florida prom. The extraordinary 17-year-old was impressive in her return at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, firing a 4-under-par 67 Sunday over the Bay Course of Seaview Resort to tie for fifth place at 207 - 6 strokes behind champion Stacy Lewis. Thompson, who finished second to Lewis in her last event, the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic in April, carded an eagle at the par-5 ninth and added six birdies to go with two bogeys and a double bogey.
May 16, 2012 |
In high school, he was the guy who shaved his head in solidarity with a buddy who was going through chemo, then let the hair grow back in a mohawk. She was the girl who never wore a dress. So when Tom Burrows and Meghan Connolly showed up at the 2006 Cheltenham High School prom — he in a white tux and spectator shoes, dark hair in glossy spikes; she in a black spaghetti-strap gown with white accents, fingernails tipped in ebony lacquer — they made a striking pair. They also caught the eye of photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who included a photo of Burrows and Connolly in her new book, Prom, published in April.
May 14, 2012 |
Did you prom? Back in the day, before prom shed its the like some painful four-inch pump, the dance was an annual rite of passage, an opportunity for embarrassment, mischief, and lousy living-room photography memorializing Farrah hair, powder-blue tuxes, ruffled shirts, and supersized bow ties, now all blessedly extinct. Proms weren't yet an industry but a middle-class response to the debutante ball of toffs and swells. Now, prom has become the alpha and omega of adolescent consumption, reduced to one word, like Cher.
May 8, 2012 |
Emma Tierney and her friends blew off Unionville High School's junior-senior prom last year, but they never for a minute considered skipping the after-prom party. "It's just a lot of fun," Tierney said. More than that, it turned out to be one of the most exciting days of the 17-year-old senior's life: She won the evening's grand prize, a 2002 Honda Civic. Though proms are still a memorable rite of passage for most high schoolers, the after-proms are boldly becoming bigger, showier, and more fun than the main event.