10/04/2007, Avon, Ohio
|Consumer and Craftsmen Adhesives|
We've Set the Date for Prom '08!
Prom styles have come and gone over time, but there’s one fashion that’s remained true for the last seven years – the duct tape dress and tux! That’s right, high school students across the country are being encouraged to ditch their overpriced, over-the-top designer duds and design a stylin’, one-of-a-kind outfit made out of duct tape!
In its eighth year, the 2008 Duck® brand duct tape Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest challenges high school students to create and accessorize their prom formalwear with America’s favorite fix-all – duct tape. And, it’s up to the public as to who has the best outfit! Online and potential text message voting will decide the winning couple from 10 finalist couples.
Rather than worrying about wearing the same dress or tux as another student, invest in some rolls of duct tape and create a unique, stylish outfit that is sure to be like no other. In addition to getting creative with their promwear, students will also have the opportunity to make college a little more affordable. The couple receiving the first place title will receive a $6,000 cash scholarship for college.
Duck® brand duct tape is available in 20 colors and patterns, so students can pick their favorite color combinations, get creative with their accessories and set the newest fashion trends. And, with choices like Duck® brand Funky Flamingo® duct tape, and colors and patterns like purple, aqua and chrome, the choices for creativity are endless!
Sponsored by Henkel Corporation, the Duck® brand duct tape Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest will reward students for their creativity and originality in creating or accessorizing prom formalwear with duct tape. First place winners will receive a $3,000 college scholarship each – a total of $6,000 for the couple – and $3,000 for the high school hosting the winning couple’s prom. The second place winners will each receive a $2,000 college scholarship, with the high school receiving $2,000. The third place couple will each win a $1,000 college scholarship, and the high school will receive $1,000.
HOW TO ENTER
Interested students can go to www.stuckatprom.com for official contest rules and a registration form. The contest starts on March 3, 2008. Participants are required to submit a completed entry form and a photo of themselves wearing their duct tape prom formalwear and other documents required by the contest rules. All must be received by June 11, 2008.
Entries can be submitted online at www.stuckatprom.com or sent via mail to:
Stuck at Prom® Contest
c/o Henkel Corporation
32150 Just Imagine Drive
Avon, OH 44011-1355
During the contest period, all accepted entries, including those from previous years, can be viewed at www.stuckatprom.com. Entries are posted in the order they are received.
The 10 finalist couples will be chosen by a panel of judges. Entries will be judged on five criteria: workmanship, originality, use of colors, accessories and quantity of duct tape used.
Then, it’s up to the public’s vote. The top 10 finalists will be narrowed down to first, second and third place winners during a period of online and potentially text message voting. Voting will open on June 13, 2008, and end on June 29, 2008.
Winners will be announced on or around July 1, 2008.
In 2007, high school students Adrienne Beiler, Salisbury, Pa., and Zac Cupler, Grantsville, Md., outdid more than 180 couples from 43 states and three Canadian provinces to be named the 2007 Duck® brand duct tape Stuck at Prom® Contest winners.
The duo attended the Salisbury-Elk Lick High School prom in formalwear that took them close to a year to make, including more than 40 rolls of duct tape to create. Beiler was convinced to participate in the contest by her home economics teachers, who suggested Beiler could use her love of sewing to fashion the ensembles.
Public vote determined Beiler and Cupler as the winning couple during a two-week online voting period, with each finalist couple promoting themselves, using everything from flyers to parades to the Web, to earn votes. Approximately 51,000 votes were submitted for all finalists, determining Beiler and Cupler as the winning couple.
The couple used brown, pink, orange, green and yellow duct tape to create the flowery Southern belle dress and traditional suit. Weighing in at 25 pounds, Beiler’s three-piece dress included a hoop skirt with multiple layers of colored duct tape and textured flowers. Cupler’s brown suit and hot pink shirt complemented his date’s ensemble. Both were accessorized to complete the look of the outfits – Cupler sported a hat and cane, while Beiler carried a duct taped parasol and handbag.
When they arrived at the prom, the reactions were those of excitement and curiosity. “Everyone loved our outfits and thought they were amazing,” said Beiler. “They couldn’t believe the outfits were really made with duct tape,” added Cupler.
DUCK® BRAND DUCT TAPE
Duck® brand duct tape is available nationally at mass merchandise, hardware and craft retailers. Duck® brand duct tape is available in 20 colors and patterns, including aqua, camouflage, fluorescent green, pink, orange and yellow, standard silver, and an assortment of other traditional colors such as red, yellow, black and blue. More information on where to buy Duck® brand duct tape is listed at www.ducktapeclub.com.
The Duck brand offers an array of tapes, packaging supplies and home products that provide simple, imaginative and helpful solutions for a variety of tasks around the home, school and office. Visit www.duckproducts.com for additional product information.
Duck brand products are developed and marketed by Henkel Corporation, a part of Henkel, a worldwide leader in adhesives and a European leader in laundry/home care and personal care products. Henkel’s North American consumer adhesive brands include Duck®, Loctite®, LePage® (for Canada only), PL®, Pro-Series®, Polyseamseal®, Pritt® and Painter’s Mate Green® brands. With more than 50,000 employees worldwide, Henkel generated combined sales of 12.740 billion euros in 2006.