Stuck up for Prom night

Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2003

It's prom season on the Kenai Peninsula. The time of year when high school juniors and seniors create the perfect date for a memory that will last a lifetime.

Young women seek out the most beautiful of fashions and spend multiple hours at local hair salons in preparation for the most special of evenings. Young men go to great expense renting the latest in formal attire and taking their dates to dinner. Local entrepreneurs estimate that the average couple may spend up to $1,000 for the prom night experience.

For Spencer Litzenberger and Kaitlin Vadla however, it was a night to be creative and try for some scholarship money in addition to enjoying an elegant evening. "I was surfing around and I found a $5,000 scholarship opportunity for things made out of duck tape. I've been making duck tape wallets for quite some time and people seemed to like them, so I thought I'd try making my tux out of the stuff," said Litzenberger.

Spencer bought a tuxedo pattern and some 9 rolls of duck tape later he not only had his prom night tux, but the boutonnire and bow tie to match. It was a little harder getting his date to warm up to the idea of going in duck tape. Kaitlin Vadla, a SoHi junior, had already purchased a designer gown for the prom, but figured there would always be next year, "It was mostly Spencer's idea, but it was an experience in getting sticky and wrapped up in duck tape, getting stuck then finally getting it right," said Vadla. Kaitlin's accompanying purse and corsage were also fashioned completely from sticky stuff.

As the couple was preparing for a gourmet dinner at the Salmon Haus on the Kenai River, the practicalities of the evening started settling in, "It gets pretty hot like a tent, and I guess it might just melt off, so I wore pretty underwear just in case," admitted Kaitlin. "Dancing is going to be like a sauna it'll be terrible," said Spencer. When asked how he would feel among all his peers and their expensive attire, Litzenberger, "Cheap!" Kaitlin however, was quick to respond, "Actually everyone wants to touch it to see what it is, and it really was very cost efficient."

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