- A teen from North Dakota asked his great-grandmother to be his prom date.
- Her great-grandmother missed her prom decades ago.
- The pair brought many to tears when they arrived at the prom.
For many students around the country, prom is regarded as a rite of passage. But instead of bringing a romantic partner or a friend, one teenager decided to invite his great-grandmother to the celebration.
Dakota Wollan, a senior at Watford City High School, told his parents that he had no plans to ask anyone to the forthcoming dance, according to KFYR-TV in North Dakota. His father, in turn, suggested that the teen bring his 92-year-old great-grandmother, Madeline Miller, who was unable to attend her own prom many years ago.
Miller told the site that she has no recollection of her school having proms when she was a teen.
Wollan planned to ask his great-grandmother via a “promposal,” as has become the norm with many prom dates.
“I have this old truck she gave me, it’s a 1985 Ford she handed down to me and I got it running again. So, I took that truck and made a sign,” Wollan told KFYR-TV.
The sign read, “Can I take you to prom in this old truck?”
According to a 2014 YouGov poll, more than half of Americans did not go to prom. The survey also found that only slightly more than half of those polled went to prom with a date.
Overall, the study discovered that only 24 [percent] of Americans experienced the ‘traditional’ experience of going to prom with their high school sweetheart.
Prom was deemed “overrated” by over half of those polled, while it was deemed “important” by 41%.
Wollan’s great-grandmother told the publication she didn’t understand why her great-grandson wanted to invite her to the occasion.
“I was just wondering why he would want a 92-year-old going to prom with him when there are so many young girls in the school,” she told the outlet.
Wollan claimed he would have sat out the entire thing if his great-grandmother had said no.
“[S]o thanks to her I got to make a memory for my last prom and her first prom,” Wollan said.
According to the teen, they “brought tears to many people’s eyes.” Wollan brought his great-grandmother home after they danced the first dance together.