“They get very excited about their skits and what they’re going to do,” Brubaker said. “We have tons of grandparents and parents and alumni that flood in [to watch]. It’s such a positive and fun experience.”
“[The skits are] usually something to do with the school,” Maggie Bald, a junior at Aquin, told ABC News. “This year one of the funniest ones was [when] each boy … imitated a teacher, which was really funny.”
The school does run into situations in which there are uneven numbers of boys and girls in the junior and senior classes. In these cases, Brubaker said, the school will randomly select students from younger grades who have obtained parental permission.
Though some may think this method of selecting dates for students is questionable — the school received some pushback online after word spread — the students continue to choose this option.
“The kids have a choice every year,” Brubaker said. “Collectively as a group, they can choose to bring outside dates or continue the tradition of [the] prom draw. Every year they choose prom draw. It is something they’ve been looking forward to.”
Bald, 17, agreed. She is the third generation of her family to participate in Aquin’s tradition, and she said she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Aquin has a … family atmosphere,” she said. “There are only 26 couples, I think, going to prom this year. I’ve gone to school with all my classmates mostly since kindergarten. We’re all like brothers and sisters.”