When This High School Senior Arrived At Prom, Staff Approached Him About His Choice Of Date

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For high school seniors, prom is one of the most important events of their year. Student Jett Kobs can certainly relate to that, as he prepared himself for the dance in April 2017. However, when he decided to choose an older woman as his date, faculty members gave him a letter.

A resident of Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Kobs was a student at Unity High School, starting his senior year in 2016. As is tradition in America, prom was scheduled towards the end of the school year, allowing the teenagers to celebrate alongside their classmates. For the student, though, the event inspired him to do something very special.

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When Kobs was a youngster, he would regularly visit his grandmother Sara Brown, who lived just a mile-and-a-half away from him. However, that changed as he got older. “He’ll come down here and chill,” she told local network KMSP in April 2017. “[But] now that he’s in high school, and especially [during] his last year, we haven’t seen too much of him.”

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Despite that, though, Kobs and his grandma still share a close relationship. Indeed, the pair even took on a polar plunge challenge. However, as the high school senior prepared for his prom, he recalled a story that she told him about hers. “I never had the opportunity [to go] because I worked after school,” Brown said. “Dancing wasn’t something my parents allowed.”

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With that in mind, Kobs devised a heartwarming plan to right that particular wrong. Before the dance in April 2017, the teenager wrote out a sign for Brown, which read, “It would be plenty good if you were my date [for] prom!?” Unsurprisingly, the prom-posal left his grandmother stunned.

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“I came out and I was reading [the sign], but it wasn’t sinking in,” Brown recalled to KMSP-TV. “Then I read it again. ‘Prom, I’ve never been to prom!’ I still couldn’t believe it. Especially him being a senior. To ask me to the prom with all these other gals around? No way in a million years I expected this.”

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However, after making his decision, school staff approached Kobs with a permission slip that his grandmother needed to sign before the event. In fact, the letter included an intriguing list of do’s and don’ts, bringing a wry smile to his prom date’s face. “No alcohol,” she said. “No drugs, no booze. No drinking!”

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“Well, I can handle it,” Brown continued. “I can make it for one night! We thought we’d [take] those little bottles [of alcohol] but we didn’t.” With the form signed, the duo could now properly prepare for their big night, as the Paradise Landing restaurant in Balsam Lake hosted the big night.

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Before heading off to the dance, Kobs and Brown posed for prom pictures outside their home, with the pair wearing matching attire. The high school senior had donned a black tuxedo t-shirt that included a red bow-tie, while his grandmother wore a black dress and a red necklace.

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To complete their look, Kobs also wore a black hat, while Brown accessorized with a red handbag. The pair traveled to the prom in a red muscle car, eventually joining the student’s classmates at the restaurant. However, they couldn’t have predicted what happened next, as the grand march began.

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Surrounded by their friends and peers, Kobs and Brown were greeted by the loudest cheers of the evening. Indeed, the adulation didn’t end there, either, as the high school senior was praised by a variety of people at the event.

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“When we were there, everyone would come up and they’d [say], ‘This is really awesome,’” Kobs recalled to KMSP. “Even teachers and staff members!” However, while the pair had a great time at the prom, the student reflected on the moment that he asked his grandmother to be his date. He even wondered what might have happened if she turned him down.

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“[My grandmother] could’ve said no,” Kobs said with a smile. “I actually made a joke, saying that if she said no, I’d put her in a home!” In the background, the prom debutant confirmed her grandson’s “threat” with an infectious laugh, adding, “He did. That’s what he told me!”

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Meanwhile, the grandmother looked fondly back on the night that was decades in the making for her. She also suggested that some could be quite envious of what she did. “I think I’ve even made some people jealous,” Brown told KMSP. “Yep. Because I got to go to prom. And at my age!”

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The dreaded curfew is among the many traditions of prom, and is probably the bane of many a parents’ existence. Yes, getting teenagers to come home at a set time is hard any day of the week, but on prom? Moms and dads the world over know exactly what a task that can be. And it wasn’t any different for Kobs and Brown either. In fact, the former’s grandfather jokingly told him to bring her back before morning. And while they made their curfew, Kobs didn’t specify the exact time they got home.

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A month after the prom, Kobs graduated from Unity High School, celebrating the occasion with family and friends. And, after the summer, the teenager joined the United States Marine Corps in November of 2017. As for Brown, she still works for a local business named GDSI.

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Meanwhile, Kobs and Brown’s heartwarming story resonated with a number of people online, as local network WOFL, posted it on their Facebook page in April 2017. Since then, the video has earned over 10,000 views and more than 250 likes. In addition, it has even generated several comments that all praised the teenager’s actions.

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“Awesome!” wrote user Ronda Hall. “What a beautiful story.” Indeed, fellow user Jennifer Farlow-McQueary echoed those sentiments, while also hailing Kobs’ plan to take his grandmother to the prom. “Now that’s an amazing boy!” she wrote on the social media website.

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The praise didn’t end there, though. In fact, user Dennis N Cindy Freeman also chimed in with some kind words of his own for the pair. “What a great young man,” he wrote in the comments section. “And a lucky grandma!”

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Prom is one of the most significant events of the year for high school seniors, as they prepare to say goodbye to their friends. For this grandson, though, it was important for an altogether different reason. Indeed, thanks to some creative thinking, his grandmother finally got her night in the spotlight.

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