American Fork High students earn $5,000 scholarships for Duck Tape prom attire

Bekah Mecham and Wyatt Burns spent one month making a dress and tux out of Duck Tape for prom. They are Top 10 finalists in the Stuck on Prom Scholarship Contest. (Photo courtesy Bekah Mecham)

Bekah Mecham and Wyatt Burns spent one month making a dress and tux out of Duck Tape for prom. They took second place with their outfits in the Stuck at Prom Scholarship competition. (Photo courtesy Bekah Mecham)

AMERICAN FORK, Utah – After 175 hours of labor and 15 rolls of Duck Tape, two American Fork High School juniors have reached their pay day.

Wyatt Burns and Bekah Mecham took second place in the 15th annual Stuck at Prom Scholarship competition, earning them each a $5,000 scholarship.

“The overall goal was to not make something that was Halloween costume-like, but to make it something that someone would actually want to wear to prom,” Mecham said.

In all, the pair created a dress, corsage, heels and hair flowers for Mecham and a suit, vest, pants, boutonnière, belt, bow tie and shoes for Burns. They sewed parts of their outfits as well as used tape, glue, spray adhesives and even nail polish to hold the clothes together.

Burns and Mecham entered the Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest, where contestants are required to create their prom attire out of Duck Tape and then wear their creations to prom. Mecham originally saw the competition on Pinterest and then decided to ask Burns to join her. In June, they were named Top 10 finalists, earning them $500 a piece and $500 for American Fork High School.

Both Burns and Mecham will be seniors at American Fork High this next year. Mecham hopes to attend Brigham Young University while Burns wants to attend Dixie State University.

Read more about Burn and Mecham’s process in making their prom attire here.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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