Stuck at Prom

Denise Cahue, Copy Editor

Prom may be three months away, but it is never too early to begin looking for the perfect outfit, especially when it comes to girls. No girl ever wants to experience arriving at prom in the same dress as someone else. However, Stuck at Prom presents high school students with a sure way to guarantee that such an embarrassing experience won’t happen. Stuck at Prom is an online contest that challenges high school students to be creative and make their own prom attire and accessories out of duct tape for an opportunity to win up to $5,000 in scholarship money.

The Stuck at Prom contest begins on March 7 and ends on June 13, 2011. The contest is only open to high school students that are 14 years old or older. Yet, any entry by a student under 18 years of age will require parental consent. Outfits can be made at any time but can only be submitted during the contest period.

In order to submit an entry, the duct tape prom attire must be an original creation. The outfits must be for a co-ed or same gender couple.  The outfits must include duct tape but can include other materials as well. To submit your designs, you must become a member of the Duck Tape Club for the submission entry process. You may then submit a picture of you and your date wearing the attire along with all entry information at during the contest period. Be assured that all is perfect and exactly the way you want it before submission because only one entry per couple is accepted. No updates can be made to an entry after submission.

After the June 13 deadline, a panel of judges will decide on the ten finalist couples by grading the entries based on workmanship (30%), originality (25%), color (25%), accessories (10%), and use of duct tape (10%). The top ten finalists will be notified via email and the contact information they provide. Voting is then opened to the public on June 17 to vote for their favorite out of the top ten. Voting ends on July 11. Prizes are awarded according to the highest number of votes. The winners will be announced on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, on, via email, and via any contact information provided on the entry submission. The winners will also be announced through a news release to local and national media. First place is awarded $5,000, second place receives $3,000, and third place receives $2,000. The remaining seven runner ups are awarded $500. The school that hosts the prom which the winners attend will receive the same amount of award money as the winning high school students.

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