Butler County Times Gazette
  • AHS Prom: 'A tale of the tape'

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  • Robert Trout had a thought about wearing a suit made of duct tape when he was in middle school.
    Trout, now a student at Central Bible College in Springfield, Mo., fulfilled that thought last weekend when he returned to his hometown and took girlfriend Alex Bayer to the Augusta High ‘ESPN’ Junior-Senior Prom.
    Sometimes young people young people find themselves in sticky situations.
    No so, for longtime sweethearts Robert and Alex.
    With the help of their mothers, Alexa Harrelson and Elizabeth Bayer, they fashioned a turquoise suit with silver trim and a dress with black trim.
    They were a hit at the restaurant in Wichita where they dined before attending the prom to wow parents and other couples at the dance.
    “We layered the duct tape and it stuck to itself,” said Robert.
    Duct tape was also used make jacket buttons, a bouttoniere, and other accessories for the two.
    Alex and Robert weren’t out to just shock people, ππbut to have a chance for college scholarship money. Alex is planning to atend Evangel College in Springfield, next year.
    For the past few years, a national  duct tape company has offered thousands of dollars to couples who make such prom outfits.
    Alex, who prides herselft as being a non-traditionalist, took Robert up on the duct tape prom approach at the start of this school year.
    They reported they purchased 40 to 50 rolls of colored duct tape or around $200 to make the unusual outfits - or about what you might pay for a dress and tuxedo rental.
    If they make the Top 10 of all national entries, these young people will get at least $700 each.
    Once the Top 10 list is released, the second phase of the scholarship contest is public voting via the internet. That’s when they will be encouraging friends, family members, schoolmates, church members, and the general public to vote as often as they once a day until the polling ends.
    The couple has to submit at least five photos of them in their prom clothes by June 13. The Top 10 list will be announced after judges sift out five semi-final couples.
    Should they make that list, the top prize will be $5,000 to each.
    Wearing what they did was fun, but had some drawbacks.
    Alex said because of her skirt and bare shoulders, she got cold during the prom.
    Robert put his outfit on over only his shorts and T-shirt. At the end of the party, he said his underwear was “soaking wet.”
    Robert, active in forensics, is studying to be a minister at the Assembly of God college he attends.
    Alex was in flag corps during her about-to-end high school days. She would like to become a writer.
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