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Ashley Lowery, Deseret News
Justin Schooley and Venessa Lee have made it into the top 10 in the Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest.

SOUTH JORDAN — Things got sticky for two teens at the Jordan High School prom.

Justin Schooley and Venessa Lee created their prom outfits from duct tape in an attempt to win $6,000 in the Duck brand duct tape's "Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest."

"It's like being wrapped in plastic wrap the whole night," Lee said.

Company judges gave Schooley and Lee a big thumbs up for their creativity. Entries are judged on originality, workmanship, amount of duct tape used, use of color and use of accessories.

The teens made it to the top 10. From here it turns into a popularity contest with people voting online for their favorite couple. To vote, go to www.stuckatprom.com.

Schooley and Lee are entry No. 4180. The site shows a photo of the couple.

The pair have distributed 200 fliers and encouraged friends, relatives and neighbors to vote for them. They even made T-shirts and wrote signs on their cars.

First place is $3,000 for each of the teens and $3,000 for the hosting school. Second place is $2,000 each and $2,000 for the school. Third place is $1,000 each and $1,000 for the school.

Lee, 18, just graduated from Jordan High and is enrolling in the Art Institute of Salt Lake City in Draper next month. She aims to get her associate degree in graphic design.

Schooley, 16, is headed into his junior year at Bingham High School. He has his eye on Brigham Young University after he graduates, with plans to earn a degree in either engineering or architecture.

The duct tape project was Lee's idea. She found out about it on the Internet. "It's just something fun," she said. "We're kind of artsy."

Lee said she spent a month working on her outfit, including the ruffled dress, earrings, necklace, headpiece, umbrella and her date's boutonniere. She even added a feather to her hat.

Schooley spent about 12 hours on his ensemble, which included a top hat, cane, pocket watch and corsage.

Lee said her dress weighed at least 20 pounds. It has felt fabric underneath. Schooley used a T-shirt as the base for his sticky clothing. His cane weighed about five pounds alone.

Lee didn't use a dress pattern — she used her friend Brittany from next door. "She's the same size as I am," Lee said. "I just put the pieces of fabric on her and taped them. She's just kind of like my live doll."

The pair used 45 rolls of duct tape in 20 different colors. There are metallics, brights, neutrals, fluorescents — even camouflage. They used mainly turquoise, purple and white with accents in red and yellow. The tape cost about $135.

"Much less than a prom dress and tuxedo," Schooley's mom, Tracie, points out.

Schooley and Lee said another couple at their prom also had duct tape outfits and they had arrived at the dance earlier. "People said, 'Oh, there's another one.' And everyone wanted to take a picture of us," Lee said.

This is the eighth year of the Duck brand contest. Since 2001, more than 2,389 couples in the United States and Canada have competed.


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