Duct tape prom dress fad continues

For about the last decade, innovative youngsters from around the nation have been creating prom dresses made of duct tape.

This year there’s even a nationwide “Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest” offered by the Duck Tape Co., which makes duct tape. It offers $10,000 in prizes with a $5,000 scholarship going to the winner.

In case anyone is wondering. No. The company does not provide free duct tape to those wanting to enter the contest.

Last fall a New Bloomfield High School student, Mckinzie Welschmeyer wore a duct tape dress she created last fall when she was a member of the school’s Homecoming Court.

Last February Welschmeyer entered a modified version in Stephens College’s PROM Fashion Show with a $1,000 scholarship to the winner. Welschmeyer was one of five finalists in the event at the Columbia college, which was won by Maura Pozek of Reed Spring High School in Kimberling City, Mo.

Then this month, Jenny Eisenhofer, a Fulton High School sophomore, won the “Best in Show” top prize in the first William Woods University High School Art Show — a $1,000 scholarship to William Woods University in Fulton, if she enrolls as a freshman when she graduates from high school.

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