At Princeton Community High School in Princeton, Indiana, Sydney Morris is a high school kid with a difference. Yes, she’s a popular student who is actively involved in school life.
Morris is also a key component of the high school’s Life Skills classes. In fact, she is a peer facilitator, which means that she spends a lot of time with students with special needs.
Still, in her prom year, Morris had a boyfriend called Logan Firkins. The two were inseparable and posed for photo after photo for social media. So when all the buzz around prom started up, it seemed obvious who Morris would be going with.
However, it wasn’t to be; Morris and Firkins did not go to prom together that year. Not because the couple had broken up by the time the big night came around, you understand. Rather, they just had a different idea.
You see, Morris had been spending a lot of time with Noah Heichelbech, a boy with special needs. And as she worked alongside him as a peer facilitator, an idea was brewing in the back of her mind.
So one day she posed a question to her boyfriend: would he mind if they didn’t go to prom together? Why? Well, because Morris had already decided that she’d like to attend with Heichelbech as her date instead.
Her grand plan was that she would take Heichelbech, and her boyfriend would ask another girl from the Life Skills class to be his date. Morris just wanted to make sure that they got to go to prom one way or another.
“He’s just a burst of energy. He’s, like, my best friend. He’s the best,” Morris told 14 News, describing Heichelbech. And she wanted her pal to bring that fun-loving spirit to the high school prom.
After all this, there was only one thing left to do; any modern day teenager knows that no invitation to prom is fully complete without a “promposal.” And so Morris got to work on making hers a good one.
What she did next was so heartwarming that footage of the promposal went viral online. In fact, once it was uploaded to Facebook, the video received over one million views in total. So how did Morris do it?
First, she approached Heichelbech and told him that she needed him to read something for her. In one hand, she was holding Ollie the dog, who had come along to help. But in the other hand, she held out a softball with something scribbled on it to Heichelbech.
Next, Morris helped her friend read out what she had written on the ball. Together, they recited the following sentence: “Can I steal you for prom?” And his reaction was utterly priceless.
A beaming Heichelbech exclaimed loudly, “Yes, you can!” Delighted with the proposal from his friend, he simply couldn’t stop smiling; Morris had made this boy’s day.
Once word got out about what she’d done, Morris unsurprisingly attracted some attention. But she insisted that the prom invite was not about her; it was all about Heichelbech. She told 14 News, “It’s about them and this experience they get to do.”
The most important reaction to the promposal, however, was Heichelbech’s. “The fact that people care and want to include me in stuff like this — it just warms my heart,” he told 14 News.
Meanwhile, Morris’ boyfriend Firkins had been busy asking another girl to prom. And for his proposal, he decided to purchase some beautiful pink roses. But that wasn’t all: Firkins also presented his date with a sign that read, “I’d be blooming happy if you said yes to prom.”
“It makes you feel awesome to do something like that. Especially because she’s my age and she never got to go,” Firkins told 14 News. And so all four youngsters secured prom dates in time for the big night.
There’s no doubt that this high school story is a touching one. However, some people in the community have been so moved by it that the foursome have even received offers to cover their dinner bill on prom night.
Compliments for Morris have also flooded in on Facebook. For example, one user commented, “Wonderful girl and care providers and family… This makes me so happy.” And a woman who has known Heichelbech since he was a child sent her congratulations and noted that he had always been “a flirty dude.”
What Morris and her boyfriend did for their peers with special needs truly warms the heart. High school can be a tough time for kids who don’t seem to fit in, but the inclusivity these two showed their friends is inspirational. In fact, it’s a lesson for every high school kid out there.