Way to go, Avalon! Vote on her one-of-a-kind duct tape prom dress!

Avalon Plaisted, a Coronado High School student, is one of several contestants running for a $10,000 scholarship. All she has to do is wear a duct tape prom dress to school. 

Plaisted found the Stuck at Prom Duck Brant Scholarship Contest after a web search looking for scholarships. Hosted by Duck Brand duct tape, the annual contest encourages students to create a one-of-a-kind prom dress or tux out of duct tape and submit photos for a chance to win a scholarship. 

Unlike previous years, students don't need to wear their creations to prom but are students at a high school or home school organization at the high school level. The change comes on the heels of the pandemic and cancellation of high school proms nationwide. 

Plaisted used 30 rolls of duct tape. She spent 120 hours creating her dress. Her one-of-a-kind dress features various colors, including black and gold. She also made a duct tape corsage to go along with it. On her submission page, Plaisted said she hasn't had fingertips since starting the project. 

"After all the cancellations, postponements, fear, the loneliness that came about because of COVID, I wanted to celebrate at the first open event in the school year," Plaisted wrote. "I was so happy to have fun with my friends. I wanted a dress to celebrate a return to life and a dress to celebrate in!"

She made it through the first round and is part of the group entering the community voting round. The public can view the online gallery and vote for their favorites starting June 30 and running until July 14. The final winners will be announced on July 21. 

A judging panel will use the following criteria to determine the winners: 

  • Workmanship
  • Originality
  • Colors
  • Accessories
  • Use of Duck Brand duct tape

Would you wear a duct tape dress to prom if it could mean a $10,000 scholarship? Let us know in the comments.