After spending 207 hours fashioning the perfect prom attire out of 39 rolls of Duck Tape®, Noah Pleiman and Jenna Frantz of Versailles, OH have been named the 2016 Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest Grand Prize winners.
The couple’s winning design (at right) was a color-coordinated lavender ensemble, inspired by Paris. Jenna’s mermaid-style gown was covered in beautiful Duck Tape® flowers, and Noah’s bold Duck Tape® tuxedo even incorporated Duck Glitter® crafting tape. After receiving the most votes from the public, Noah and Jenna each earned $10,000 in scholarship dollars.
“This year’s winning couple is yet another example of the limitless amount of creativity, originality and innovation we’ve seen from the thousands of high school students who have created Duck Tape® prom outfits over the past 16 years,” said Ashley Luke, category manager at ShurTech Brands, LLC, the company that markets the Duck® brand.
Michelle Simba of Winnipeg, Manitoba, (below right) spent 120 hours creating her prom dress out of 11 rolls of Duck Tape®, and was rewarded by being named the Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest Singles Category winner. She created a whimsical, fantasy-themed outfit and to complete her look, Michelle also incorporated Duck Tape® accessories, such as flower-shaped earnings, a ring, and high heels. Michelle earned $1,000 in scholarship money for her Duck Tape® prom attire.
For the past 16 years, Duck® brand has challenged students in the United States and Canada to create the ultimate prom outfits from Duck Tape® for a chance to win scholarship dollars as part of the Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest, and in turn has awarded more than $350,000 to help offset rising college costs. This year, nearly 150 hopeful students submitted their looks to be judged by a panel on workmanship, originality, use of colors, accessories, and use of Duck Tape® for a chance at more than $50,000 in scholarship dollars. The Top 10 couples and top 5 singles entrants then entered a competitive online voting period where the public voted for the best design.
“To combat surging college tuition rates, scholarships are an essential solution for students and their families, and every little bit helps,” said Luke. “We are thrilled to award all the winners who spent countless hours creating their amazing designs with more than $50,000 in scholarship money, and hope this prize money can help them continue to achieve their dreams.”
Coming in Second Place in the competition are Alexis Meeker and Carson Wolff of Murrysville, PA. This couple used 30 rolls of Duck Tape® over the span of 80 hours to create their geometric, abstract art-themed prom wear, earning them $5,000 each. Third Place winners Olga Sigmundson and David Shamis of Lafayette, CA will receive $3,000 each in scholarship funds for their fairytale-inspired, floral attire, which took 200 hours and 52 rolls of Duck Tape® to create. The remaining seven runner-up couples will each receive $1,000.
You can view the entire 2016 Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest gallery and learn more about the winning students here.