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Field 'prom-posal' catches attention

By Jennifer Vandermeer, Norwich Gazette/IngersollTimes

The 'prom-posal' cultivated into the field on the Vankerrebroeck farm south of Norwich on Highway 59 at Maple Dell Road was Andrew McPherson's creative way to ask Nicole Dykstra (inset) to the June 6 prom at College Avenue Secondary School in Woodstock.

The 'prom-posal' cultivated into the field on the Vankerrebroeck farm south of Norwich on Highway 59 at Maple Dell Road was Andrew McPherson's creative way to ask Nicole Dykstra (inset) to the June 6 prom at College Avenue Secondary School in Woodstock.

Unless you were flying overhead, you might not have seen the invitation Andrew McPherson cultivated into a Norwich field, but then it wasn't meant for everyone to see. It was meant for one person - Nicole Dykstra - and she saw it. And she said, “Yes.”

It was a “prom-posal” - a creative way to ask another person to a high school prom – that has taken on a life of its own after the two teens shared their event on social media.

They've had calls from area media and friends, comments from their teachers at College Avenue Secondary School in Woodstock, and it's received attention all over social media.

“It's been crazy,” said McPherson Thursday afternoon. “I just thought it was a fun thing to do, as we're growing up in Norwich.”

The idea actually started to germinate at a Christmas dinner discussion with family, and McPherson claimed it as one he was going to carry out. With a little help from friends and family, McPherson took Dykstra up for a plane ride Monday, May 4 and it carried them from Woodstock over to Norwich, where the word “Prom?” was there for her to see – big and bold in the dirt.

“I was so shocked,” said Dykstra.

She'd known McPherson was going to ask her to the June 6 prom, but she said he played it down, trying to throw her off the idea he was planning anything special.

“I couldn't have asked for anything better,” she said.

McPherson said he programmed the word into the GPS on the tractor he was using for planting, and during a break, used the cultivator to compose his invitation.

“I just did it for fun,” he said.