Red and Whites?

Photo by eric essagof ’12

1. Volleyball Seniors:

Asking During a Performance

Unlike the usual chaotic slip-n-slide performance seen from the girls’ varsity volleyball team during the pep rally, they decided to be more controlled with their display of school spirit this year.

“To be honest, we didn’t know what to do for the pep rally and none of us had asked our dates yet so it was the best of both worlds,” said Lucy Stanley  ’11 one of the tri-captains of the team who asked Steven Denowitz ’11 to Red and Whites.

Along with Stanley, Dana Rappaport ‘11, Alex Masiello ‘11,  Melissa Sweeney ‘11, and Kristen Weiler’11 all asked during the pep rally. While holding up posters supporting the volleyball team, students and faculty members were shocked when the girls turned the posters around, displaying the different names of the boys they were asking.

2. Shannon Moss: Asking During a Test

An extra credit question on Daniel Heaphy’s last Advanced Placement U.S. History test did not incorporate memorizing important dates from the 1700’s but rather posed a simple yes or no question to a single student: “Will you go to Red and Whites with me”

“I knew I wanted to do something during our U.S. class and since we happened to have a test the upcoming week, I figured it was the perfect opportunity,” Shannon Moss ’11 said.

For Moss, she was hoping that by doing this it would make the test taking experience more enjoyable and less stressful. She also knew that Nick Maki ’11 would be perfectly fine with being publicly asked.

“I think asking in public is more fun and friendly, whereas asking in private is more personal and maybe something I would have done if I were asking a boyfriend,” Moss said.

Connor Mahoney ’11, who was asked by Masiello, immediately ran onto the field, embracing Masiello while jumping out of pure excitement. This surprise performance was something the boys will always remember.

“It was an exhilarating experience that I will never forget,” Denowitz said. “I loved being asked in public.”

3. Jaclyn Katz: Asking Through Public Humiliation

On any normal morning, flyers and posters for an upcoming football game or senior day can be seen decorating the halls. One Wednesday morning, though, was anything but normal. Hanging from every door, locker and window were flyers of Charlie Ross’s ’11 face.

“Some of the pictures chosen by Jaclyn were a little embarrassing yet being publicly asked in such a way just exemplified how much the event meant to Jaclyn and how outgoing she is,” said Ross.

The pictures depicted Charlie in different poses, while sporting numerous ridiculous faces. If Jaclyn Katz ’11 wanted to get noticed, she certainly accomplished that goal, as everyone walking the halls kept pointing and laughing at them.

“I thought it was something that has never been done before and I wanted to be original and creative,” Katz said. “I knew Charlie would be embarrassed but I thought it was funny anyways.” 

“If you’re a girl looking to impress go big or go home,” Ross said.

4. Jess Russ and Margot Colwell: Asking After a Night on the Town

After a night out with friends, the last thing you would expect to find on your doorstep is a bunch of balloons attached to a message written on a dozen red and white cupcakes. For Jess Russ ’11 and Margot Colwell ’11, taking the more personal route felt better for them.

“I didn’t want to ask him after school or at soccer cause I didn’t think he would have liked it,” Colwell, who asked Sean Gallagher ’11, said.

The two felt that by dropping their soon-to-be dates off at home on a Saturday night would be the biggest surprise and something the boys wouldn’t ever expect.

“It was actually funny because when we picked up Sean he was complaining that nobody was going to ask him to Red and Whites,” Russ, who asked Dylan Meissner ’11, said.

When trying to figure out the most memorable approach to asking, Colwell instantly knew the perfect way to get the boys to say yes.

“I knew I wanted to do something with food because I think when you ask a teenage boy, something with food is always the way to go,” Colwell said.

 5. Freja Andrews: Asking Through RoundCube

At the beginning of November, a mass RoundCube message was sent out to the entire student body and faculty. However, this e-mail was not an update on a club you never attend or information on new class logowear. Instead, it was Freja Andrews ’11, asking Cal Rider ’11 to Red and Whites.

“My date said he wouldn’t go with me if I didn’t ask in public,” Andrews said.

Graphic by farrel levenson ’11

Unfortunately, just a few periods after the message was released, Andrews was asked to report to the assistant principal’s office to discuss what had just taken place.            

Luckily, Andrews was not penalized for her act.

“It probably would’ve been different if I had asked [the Administration] beforehand,” Andrews said.