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Nikiski teens sticking it out for duct tape scholarship

Students reach top 10 in contest for making prom outfits

Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2007

 

  Justin Ward, right, and Chelsey Dorman pose in their duct tape outfits prior to the Nikiski High School prom last month. Dorman and Ward are finalists in the "Stuck at Prom" scholarship competition. Photo by Will Morrow

Justin Ward, right, and Chelsey Dorman pose in their duct tape outfits prior to the Nikiski High School prom last month. Dorman and Ward are finalists in the "Stuck at Prom" scholarship competition.

Photo by Will Morrow

Chelsey Dorman’s duct tape dress got a lot of attention during the Nikiski High School prom in May, and she’s hoping it receives even more in a national scholarship competition.

“Everybody wanted to take their picture with us, and everybody wanted to touch it — which was kind of weird,” Dorman said of her experience at the prom.

Online voting in Duck brand duct tape’s “Stuck at Prom” scholarship contest closes June 29, and Dorman and her prom date, Justin Ward, are hoping to be the lucky couple to make off with the first-place prize, a pair of $3,000 scholarships.

Dorman, a recent Nikiski graduate, and Ward, created duct tape outfits for the prom after coming across the scholarship contest. Dorman’s big band era-inspired, red and black duct tape dress included a boa made of more than 700 duct tape feathers.

Ward wore a black duct tape zoot suit with black and silver pinstripes. Both accessorized with duct tape, as well, with hats, corsage, boutonniere, vest and tie, and even footwear made of the sticky stuff.

Dorman and Ward were selected as one of the 10 finalist couples in the national competition. Judging criteria included workmanship, originality, use of colors, accessories, and quantity of duct tape used.

To vote and to view other entrants, visit www.stuckatprom.com and click on “vote now” under “Top 10 — See the finalists.” Dorman and Ward are entry 3894.

Dorman said she is a little worried because she and Ward are behind in the vote tally. She said she hopes that the registration required to vote isn’t deterring people from casting ballots.

“We’re e-mailing everybody we know to get them to register,” Dorman said. “We would really, really appreciate it if people voted for us.”

Dorman said she hasn’t touched her dress since the prom, but is considering bringing it out of the closet and visiting places in Kenai and Soldotna to drum up some more votes. She also plans to make a video clip to post on the Internet.

Should they win, both would be awarded a $3,000 scholarship. Additionally, the school which hosted the prom — Nikiski — would receive $3,000. Second-place winners receive $2,000, and third-place winners are awarded $1,000.

Winners will be announced July 11.

Will Morrow can be reached at will.morrow@peninsulaclarion.com.



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