LEHI — With only a few weeks left in their high school career, several Lehi High School seniors had the chance to attend their senior prom at the state capitol Saturday, all because of a fellow classmate who wanted to make a difference.
Morgan Tucket knew she wanted this year's senior prom to be different. While it would be fun to attend the dance with some of her fellow classmates, Tucket began thinking how neat it would be if every senior girl were asked to the big dance.
"Last year, all of the boys kind of asked different girls — they didn't really ask the senior class," Tucket said. "I didn't want it to be like that this year. I wanted people to be asked."
Once she had the thought, Tucket began to take action. After presenting her idea to the administration, Tucket received a list of more than 260 senior girls and almost 300 senior boys. Not very many people knew what Tucket was up to, as she simply began to keep track of who had been asked.
"I would have the list in my notebook, and I would just walk up to people and be like, 'Hey, so who's been asked to prom?'" Tucket said. "They would tell me and I'd be like, 'OK, cross that name off!'"
Gradually as the date of the dance grew closer, word began to spread that Tucket had a list for guys to see whom they could ask to prom.
"Guys started coming to me and were like, 'Hey, I want to see the list,' and I would get text messages from random numbers saying, 'Do you know who hasn't been asked?' It was crazy."
While there were some seniors who would rather not participate in the school dance, Tucket began to focus on those she knew wanted to attend.
"It was hard because there are some people I don't know, and some wanted to do their own thing," Tucket said. "... But the ones I knew would feel bad about it, I tried hard for them."
Once Tucket's plan had spread throughout the school, several students said the task was impossible. She knew it was a long shot, but Tucket, along with Dallin Poyfair and other friends, continued to pursue their goal.
"A lot of people told me I wasn't going to be able to do it, and I knew I wouldn't get everybody, because that's like 260 girls, but one more is better than none," Tucket said. "I knew if I can get one more girl asked than was before, that would make me happy."
Poyfair and Tanner Allgaier spread the word to some of the senior guys. According to Allgaier, a push was all some guys needed.
"I think it helped them work towards asking," Allgaier said. "I don't think they would have without a little help and encouragement."
Tucket took it upon herself to shut down any excuses and make sure each girl was asked in a special way.
"A lot of times, like one day, I not only gave some guys the idea of who they should take, but I helped them come up with the idea (on how to ask) and sometimes I delivered it with them," Tucket said.
"It was good. I think being able to come closer with the guys and have those moments when we were sitting at their house, trying to come up with an idea — or just the funny moments of what they were trying to say and the poems we were trying to come up with — I think that really made it enjoyable for me to help these guys. I got to know them and see how great they are, because I know how amazing the girls are. It was cool to see that side of the guys, that not all guys are just slackers — some of them just really didn't know what to do."
But before giving the name of a girl, Tucket also made sure she would be comfortable with the date.
"Honestly, I did my homework, and I made sure that these guys, if I ever gave them a name, would make sure the girl would have fun, and be with a friend if it was someone random asking them," Tucket said. "I tried to do my best to make it the best experience for them."
The help was obviously well received from the senior boys, but many senior girls also expressed their appreciation for what Tucket had done.
"I've had a lot of girls tell me or send me messages on Twitter or Facebook and say, 'You've seriously made my dream come true. Thank you so much,'" Tucket said. "It's just really cool to see how grateful they were for it and that they didn't take it that I was just doing charity."
Tucket didn't want the effort to be viewed negatively by any of the senior class. Fellow classmate, Kylie Walker said Tucket worked in a way so that both the girls and boys appreciated her efforts.
"A lot of the girls I talked to said, 'Honestly, I just want to go to prom,'" said Walker, who added that it was "totally the buzz of our school."
But for Tucket, it was much more than a goal or plan that she set out to accomplish.
"To me it wasn't a project — I didn't see it as a project I saw it more as an opportunity to benefit our school and our class," Tucket said. "Honestly, it was just because I love these girls so much. ... For me it was just all about the girls, and it was neat to be able to help them in any way I could.
"I know I didn't get every senior girl asked, but I know that I got a lot more than would have."
Overall, Tucket said she learned much through the experience and hopes that somehow it continues on for many proms to follow.
"I think I've learned that sometimes when you take on things like this it can kind of be a little overwhelming," Tucket said. "So I think for me, I just learned that anything is possible, really."