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They don’t ask in person

Social media ‘promposal’ posting gains favor

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They don’t ask in person

East Union High senior Carolina Gutierrez, who recently attended the Manteca High prom with her boyfriend Ezequiel Diaz, prefers promposals on Instagram over that of the traditional asking out.

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POSTED May 11, 2014 9:52 p.m.

A picture is a worth a thousand words.

But Manteca, Lathrop, and Ripon students who recently posted their online “promposals” were hoping for that one-word response – yes.

“I’m not entirely sure where (the word promposal) came from,” Sierra High senior Anna Cardenas said. “I feel like it is just one of those popular made-up words that we teenagers enjoy using.

“I literally did a search ‘ways to ask someone to prom’ on Google and ‘promposal’ came up.”

More and more high school students are opting to post their proposal, rather than the traditional asking out, to that friend of special someone to the prom via multimedia resources such as Instagram.

“Instagram is more popular for (these) proposals,” said Mauricio Torres, who did a combination of both in asking Ithzel Valdez to the Lathrop High prom entitled ‘A Stroll in Central Park’ held April 12 at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.

Both are juniors at the school.

“Her reaction was great,” he recalled. “I was waiting for her at her house and when she got home from her track meet.”

Valdez was surprised to see Torres waiting for her inside the house coupled with his prom proposal.

“She was camera shy since she was fresh from her (track) meet but we did get a picture,” said Mauricio, who proudly posted the acceptance photo on Instagram.

East Union High senior Carolina Gutierrez prefers promposals. “They’re an exciting and personal twist to the traditional ‘asking out’ for events,’ she said.

Gutierrez, who also attended prom last year as a junior along with formals held during her past four years in high school, went to the Manteca High prom held April 26 at the Stockton Golf and Country Club with her boyfriend Ezequiel Diaz.

He’s a senior at the MHS and currently on the Buffaloes baseball team. Gutierrez served as Miss Manteca 2013.

Diaz posted “PROM?” using Mylar balloons.

Getting back to Cardenas, she did the asking, drawing inspiration of growing up on an almond orchard where cats randomly showed up.

As for her date, Cardenas asked her best friend, Zackary Albrecht, to the SHS prom held April 5.

“However, he is a first year student at San Diego State so I had to come up with a way to ask to ask without seeing him in person, physically,” she said. “I thought about calling him but that would’ve been too dull.

Cardenas, instead, incorporated her fondness for cats and a baby duck in her promposal to Albrecht.

“The whole ‘Purrrfect’ slogan came pretty easily. The hardest part was getting the cats to pose for the camera – they basically hated the signs I put around them,” she said.

The Instagram collage took Cardenas at least an hour just to get good photos of her cats.

“But in the end, it turned out great,” she said. “And, of course, Zack said ‘Yes.’”

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