School Assigns Prom Dates by Lottery So Nobody Feels Rejected


by Micah J. Fleck

Well, this is certainly one way to abide by the ever-growing demand for inclusivity. A new report indicates that some schools are now assigning prom dates in such a creative way that nobody can feel left out or rejected. But here’s the twist… This tradition predates the politically correct movement, and at least at one of the schools it goes as far back as the 1920s!

According to Time:

Prom season is nigh, which means that the exciting (and at times, bewildering) process of asking someone to the event is imminent. However, a high school in Freeport, Illinois is taking a unique approach to helping their students find prom dates: the lottery system.

According to Illinois’ WREX, Aquin High School has been using the luck of the draw to help pair off their students for nine decades, with this year being the 91st lottery. Male students draw names of female students in the school library, while girls wait for them in the school’s gym. After the names are drawn, a skit is performed to reveal who their dates are.

The lottery system started in 1926, to ensure that all students had a date to prom, but the current students still think it’s a great tradition.

If the tradition was not induced by the current zeitgeist, and the students themselves are in favor of it, then this is the prime example of how good results can happen without peer pressure.


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