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Public or not? The decision-making behind a Hoco proposal

Senior couple Kimmi Shiau and JR Dubose pose for a picture after Dubose asked Shiau to homecoming. Shiau was cheering during the Thursday night football game before Dubose went down to the track to pop the question.
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Senior couple Kimmi Shiau and JR Dubose pose for a picture after Dubose asked Shiau to homecoming. Shiau was cheering during the Thursday night football game before Dubose went down to the track to pop the question.

The days before Homecoming are filled with the stress of finding a dress, organizing rides, deciding on how you’re going to spend the night and most importantly, Homecoming proposals. Whether people are going just as friends or are in a relationship, Homecoming proposals look very different and when it comes to the decision of where to do it, there are many pros and cons. Some high schoolers like the idea of being proposed to in public where everyone can see but others prefer it to be private or no proposal at all.

Some people prefer getting proposed to in public because it makes them feel special and lets everyone know that they have a date. Getting asked when there are others around also serves the benefit of allowing people to record it so you forever have a memory to look back on. “I think people seeing the proposal happen is cuter and you can get pictures taken, so I would prefer to be asked in public. I want people to see it because It’s just exciting,” junior Carly Hanglighter said.

It is also common for someone to propose after a sports game. Whether the team wins or loses, it can be a perfect time to pop the big question. “I asked her after the JV field hockey game with a sign. I didn’t really care where I did it but it made her happy and I just asked the question when she was walking off,” freshman Owen McClellan said.

While most of these proposals occurred at the end of games with limited attendance, senior cheerleader Kimmi Shiau was proposed to at halftime during a football game. Some may say that being asked in front of half the school is a kind gesture but for some it may be intimidating. Senior JR Dubose was happy to ask her in this bold way.

“I wanted to go up at half time and just ask her and hopefully she would say yes. I didn’t really care where I did it, I was just kind of trying to get it over with. I was a little stressed out because I didn’t know if I was going to be able to go out onto the track or not when I did it but it all worked out so it was all good,” Dubose said.

While it’s not always embarrassing for the guy asking the question in public, it can be awkward for the one answering when it happens in front of all their friends and family. “I didn’t mind that it was in public. It was a little bit embarrassing because it was in front of my entire team, so all of them were pointing and laughing with me but I am very excited to go to Homecoming with him,” sophomore Alexandria Krouse said.

Overall most people are happy with a proposal no matter where it is, but there are some points to be made on the intimacy of a private proposal. It can provide for a more special moment between two people. “I like it to be definitely private because in public you can’t show affection when you’re around other people and I’d rather it be a smaller personal moment I guess,” junior Elsa Santighian said.

Everyone has different views on how they would like to be proposed to. Some may despise the thought of everyone seeing it, but others may love to be noticed in a large crowd. Homecoming proposals can take a lot of guts, but it will all be worth it in the end. Just make sure you are both on the same page of whether you want a crowd to watch!

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