I remember prom well, as well I should; I went three times all with the same boy. Lately, a trend has developed in which high school students ask celebrities to accompany them to the dance. Some of the more notable listers include Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift and Justin Beiber.
Today, the top story on Facebook is the ordeal between a high schooler and Miss America Nina Davuluri. According to the story, faculty became aware that it was this young man’s intent to ask Davuluri to go to the prom with him while she was at the school giving a speech during an assembly.
With a plastic flower in hand, Patrick Farves, a senior, asked the beauty pageant queen politely said, “Maybe later,” and life went on. Except Farves now faces three days of in-school suspension. Davuluri, learning of the punishment, released a statement saying,
“Yesterday, a student invited me to prom and gave me a flower while I was giving a presentation in York, Pennsylvania. I was flattered by the gesture although I am unfortunately unable to attend due to my travel schedule. I later learned of the disciplinary action taken and reached out to the school in hopes that they will reconsider their decision.”
“Meeting and interacting with students across the country has been an important and rewarding part of my year as Miss America. I always encourage students to follow their dreams through education, and I’m inspired daily by the enthusiasm and aspirations of the bright young adults I have the pleasure of meeting through my travels.”
In my opinion, the suspension was not necessary. I understand the school was trying to maintain a professional appearance and a student acting out this way may make it look like they don’t have control of the students who go there. Additionally, they could be worried about the embarrassment of Miss America herself. However, she clearly thought the school acted beyond its bounds in this instance.
Had I known it was possible to ask a celebrity to go to prom with me as a date, I definitely would have tried it instead of going with the same boy three years running. Had I known three days of suspension was awaiting me, I probably would have acted just like Farves and adopted the task as a challenge.