Teen has banner day with prom proposal

ARLINGTON — Perhaps you’ve seen the banner as you drive southbound on I-5 approaching the exit at Island Crossing.

That’s where Trevor Strotz asked his girlfriend, Madison Hoskinson, to the prom.

Ignoring the bad luck associated with Friday the 13th, Trevor chose that day to hang a 6-by-30-foot banner on family barn that faces the freeway. It said:

“Madison, Prom? (heart) Trevor”

Teenage boys often agonize about this annual ritual and how to ask girls for a date.

Trevor, 17, a senior at Arlington High School, had at least some confidence that Madison, 17, a junior, would agree to go to the dance May 12.

But he wasn’t entirely sure, and it turned out that Madison was busy on the evening of April 13. Trevor sweated a little bit and kept his fingers crossed that nobody would spill the beans before he had a chance to drive Madison past his sign.

No luck. Somebody couldn’t keep his or her mouth shut.

“They told her I had done something, but they wouldn’t tell her what,” Trevor said. “When I went to pick her up the next day, she was angry with me. She wondered what I could have done. Even her dad knew what it was, but wouldn’t say.”

Trevor and Madison rode in silence from the Bryant area to Island Crossing.

“I pulled the car to side of the freeway and pulled a rose out from under my seat and motioned to the banner,” Trevor recalled. “She said ‘no,’ but I could tell she was messing with me because she started laughing.”

The story wasn’t over yet, however.

A few days later, Edible Seattle magazine posted a note on its Facebook page:

“Anyone based around Arlington? Trevor (or if you know him) we hope the girl you asked to prom says yes! We love that you asked her by hanging a huge banner on the side of a barn in Arlington! Romance lives! The great guys at Bistro San Martin say your prom dinner is on them if she says yes. Come on folks, help us find Trevor to let him know!”

Trevor couldn’t believe it. His mom says Bistro San Martin is the best restaurant in Arlington.

“I called the restaurant and told them how much I appreciate it,” Trevor said. “We’ll go there before heading to the prom at the Seattle Aquarium.”

“It was all worth it. Even my nervousness.”

Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; gfiege@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Young woman missing from Mukilteo found safe

She called her parents and told them she was at a museum in Seattle.

Mom and brother turn in suspect in Stanwood robberies

The man is suspected of robbing the same gas station twice, and apologizing to the clerk afterward.

Derrick “Wiz” Crawford, 22, is a suspect in the homicide of his roommate. (Edmonds Police Department)
Roommate suspected in Edmonds killing found hiding in closet

Police had been searching for him for 10 days before locating him at a house in Everett.

Video shows man suspected of attacking a woman in Edmonds

The man allegedly threw her on the ground, then ran away after the she began kicking and screaming.

Navy to put filter in Coupeville’s contaminated water system

Chemicals from firefighting foam was found in the town’s drinking water.

Officials to test sanity of suspect in Everett crime spree

He allegedly tried to rob and clobber a transit worker, then fled and struggled with police.

Katharine Graham, then CEO and chairwoman of the board of The Washington Post Co., looks over a copy of The Daily Herald with Larry Hanson, then The Herald’s publisher, during her visit to Everett on Sept. 20, 1984. The Washington Post Co. owned The Herald from 1978 until 2013. (Herald archives)
Everett’s brush with Katharine Graham, leader of ‘The Post’

Retired Herald publisher Larry Hanson recalls The Washington Post publisher’s visits.

Former Monroe cop loses appeal on sex crimes conviction

Once a highly respected officer, he was found guilty of secretly videotaping his kids’ babysitter.

Families seek to change wrongful death law

A bill would allow or parents or siblings who wish to pursue a suit for an unmarried, childless adult.

Most Read