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They were purely platonic

The story of a meaningful ‘hocoposal’
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Kelsey Carroll
Senior Weston Hall wanted his fourth time asking senior Jensen Kinnebrew to be special.

Editor’s note: Around this time every year, social media is filled with the creative signs, cheesy puns, and smiling faces of “hocoposals.” You’ve seen the pictures. Now read the story behind one of the many proposals. Section editor Lily Hager had the inside scoop for this one and was at the scene to tell the story.

 

Every time he heard her name he smiled with his eyes.

Seniors Weston Hall and Jensen Kinnebrew became best friends during freshman year. When she saw the Marvel poster in his hands before homecoming that year, she just stared.

Courtesy of Weston Hall
Weston Hall first asked Jensen to the homecoming dance his sophomore year.

After a long pause, a question: “You’re asking me?”

Even though she eventually said yes, she didn’t discover the dance meant something more to Weston until two years later.

Throughout their friendship, she dated and had a couple relationships, but Weston didn’t walk away. He waited.

Junior year brought another poster, this time covered in tulle, feathers, and princesses for prom. The plan was as it had been in years past- to go to the dance as friends, but times were changing. Jensen slowly but surely saw more than a best friend in Weston. By the time the dance arrived, they were no longer purely platonic. Prom marked the beginning of their official relationship, something Weston patiently waited three years for.

After two dance proposals, Weston was determined to make senior homecoming special for his girlfriend of six months. For hours each weekend, he painted his vision on a 10-foot sign, littering it with inside jokes. After a few weekends of painting, the sign displayed Earth, the moon, and the path of Apollo 11. With hearts lining the path, the sign represented his love for her to the moon and back.

Kelsey Carroll
Senior Weston Hall collects his friend sophomore Joe Harris from class to help with the ‘hocoposal.’

Even though they were in a relationship this time, Weston was still nervous, especially the night before. He knew she would say yes, but he said he wanted it to go according to plan.

He met a mutual friend, sophomore Joe Harris, outside the band hall. As they detailed a plan, they listened to her play runs and trills on her piccolo. Joe was excited and nervous for Weston, who never stopped smiling. Rolled up poster in hand, he led Joe to the parking lot right outside the fine arts doors.

They were locked out.

All according to plan.

Oh, no–they would need Jensen to open the doors.

The sun shone off their skin and the light sidewalk and caught sweat on their heads from the heat and nerves. Cars raced against traffic to the streets, as the dismissal bell would ring in a few minutes. The wind tossed and grabbed at the poster as Weston and Joe unrolled it. Weston’s smile left, replaced by a look of concern that the sign would wrinkle.

After a text and a few minutes, Jensen opened the glass doors and immediately smiled.

Grace Nguyen
Senior Weston Hall and sophomore Joe Harris hold the sign in preparation for Jensen’s arrival.

“You’re asking me?” she exclaimed.

Weston’s familiar smile returned.

He let her admire the sign and its hidden treasures for a few minutes before moving inside to roll it up, safely hidden from dirt and wind. The sign lay in the hallway between the outside doors and the black box theatre. The bell rang and band kids trickled past them to the doors. Other students came running in from the opposite direction.

One fell.

Right across the top of the poster.

A mixture of screams and laughter cut through the serenity like a knife. Weston stared, eyes wide. Beneath the fallen student lay the crumpled poster. Luckily, after flattening out the mess, there was no tear– just some wrinkles and a footprint.

Hand in hand, Weston and Jensen led each other into the band hall, cheers from the band members filling the air as the door closed.

Kelsey Carroll
Seniors Weston Hall and Jensen Kinnebrew embrace after a successful ‘hocoposal.’

 

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Lily Hager, Editor-In-Chief
With the coming of her fourth and final year of high school, Lily Hager eagerly awaits the senior perks that accompany all who suffer from “senioritis”–including off periods, senior overalls and dual credit. Her freshman, sophomore and junior years were occupied by marching band, newspaper, several AP classes and leadership positions (including being drum major of the band and editor in chief of The Red Ledger junior year). Hager thrives any day that involves journaling, bible studies, time spent with friends or family, and ice cream. Her time at home is largely spent in her room, which she so carefully designed for the past several years into a safe haven. She fills her (rare) free time by cleaning, writing, reading, planning or talking (whether that be to her parents, her friends or her pet bunny, Boots). Despite her burning excitement for college at A&M, she is committed to enjoying her last year as an editor, conducting her last show, and living her last year in her childhood home. Last, but not least, she is certain to take advantage of one last year of writing, editing, and loving TRL.
Grace Nguyen, Section Editor
Fueled daily by three iced vanilla coffees, standing at 5’2”, Grace Nguyen will walk into the E103 door with no problem. Grace is entering senior year, and the only reason she is believed to have survived high school is because of the napping couch in the photography studio. During her time on staff, Grace has been to almost every football game, win or loss, and wouldn’t have changed a thing. Yes, Grace has been tackled by football players, run over by coaches, and body slammed by referees. Nonetheless, Grace will confidently walk on the field this year, bruises and all, alongside her sideline media team. Stepping outside the newsroom, which is rare, Grace enjoys playing softball, hanging out with family and friends, and finding excuses to go to every $3 Pazookie Tuesdays at BJ’s. After high school, Grace hopes to pursue a career in sports photojournalism, so watch out for her still getting run over by athletes on ESPN in the years to come. Although it’s bittersweet to leave newspaper upon graduation, Grace is thankful for all the opportunities that she’s had on staff. Through The Red Ledger, Grace created long-lasting friendships and won a lot of awards that she never imagined was possible. Grace hopes that current and future staffers will think of this national-award-winning publication the same way as she did–a second family and their home away from home.
Kelsey Carroll, Section Editor
Senior Kelsey Carroll has never owned a dog or a cat, but she’s the proud caretaker of two mini cacti living their life on her windowsill, and she thinks that’s just enough. She never forgets to water them weekly, as she’s a fond planner user who prides herself on writing down just about any task, even “write staff bio,” which she just proudly accomplished. When she’s not strumming twangy ukulele chords in her bedroom on the weekends or attempting to play a cello countermelody in class during the week, Kelsey can be found dancing to whatever plays in her earbuds (which are constantly on her) while editing photos until her laptop battery dies each night. Her days start before the sun’s up at swim team, and end with her furiously deciding which of her 16 pairs of Harry Potter socks to wear the next day. Whether she’s shooting sideline photos and dodging officials on the football field, or manning a jumbotron camera for the fans to see, Kelsey loves to be involved in any visual coverage she can get her hands on. Although she’s soft spoken, Kelsey hopes to share stories through her photos and writing as she tackles her roles as photographer, community editor, and social media editor during her fourth and final year on staff.

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