DRACUT -- James McDonald could not have asked for a better start to his school vacation week on Valentine's Day.
McDonald, a senior at Dracut High School, asked his close friend Shaila Carney to the prom using the Dracut High School Lakeview Avenue sign on Friday, and Carney said yes.
"I've been thinking about doing this for about a year-and-a-half, and it worked out perfectly," McDonald said. "I wanted to go out with a bang. I wanted to go big.
"She was so surprised, had absolutely no clue and just loved it," he added.
McDonald had first asked Dracut High School's principal, Richard Manley, for permission to use the sign for the proposal. Manley "loved the idea and was very cooperative," according to McDonald.
After he received approval, the school janitor went up and changed the lettering to: "Shaila C -- Prom? James."
McDonald then had a friend drive Carney by the sign on Valentine's Day, and it was a "Yes!"
This wasn't the first creative prom proposal in recent Dracut High School history. Last March, senior Zach Bassett asked his girlfriend to the prom by standing atop a massive snowman and placing the question on signs around the 12-foot-tall creation. Bassett took a picture, and The Sun published the one-of-a-kind proposal.
His girlfriend, Katie Brooks, said yes.
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