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17 June 2016

Rome, Georgia Couple Named Finalists in Duck Tape "Stuck at Prom" Scholarship Contest

(Kiana Mata, 17, of Rome, Georgia and Fernando Espinal, 20, of Calhoun, Georgia show off their prom outfits made completely out of Duck Tape.)
Kiana Mata, 17, of Rome, Georgia and Fernando Espinal, 20, of Calhoun, Georgia (pictured right) used 65 rolls of Duck Tape to create a unique outfit for prom. Their originality has now landed them in the top ten of the 16th annual Duck brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest.

The outfits, which took 172 hours to make, draws inspiration from Spanish culture.

"We wanted the entirety of the outfit to have elements from one highly revered holiday, Día de Los Muertos," Mata and Espinal said. "The Day of the Dead theme is most evidently portrayed through the iconic image of the skull that appears on the dress, the suit, and the Matador’s cape."

Duck brand sponsors a yearly contest for high school students to demonstrate their ingenuity at creating an entire prom outfit using Duck Tape.

A panel of judges carefully reviews and evaluates each submission for workmanship, originality, use of colors, accessories and use of Duck Tape. Though narrowing the field of entries down to the top finalists is no doubt a difficult task, the intricate designs and artistry of each of the outfits set them apart from the rest and blew the judges away.

“I was in complete awe when I saw these stunning ensembles,” said Ashley Luke, category manager, at ShurTech Brands, LLC, the company that markets the Duck® brand. “It’s extraordinary how much detail and creativity the students put into their Duck Tape® prom outfits. We want to recognize these creative individuals for their hard work and passion for Duck Tape®, and hope that the more than $50,000 in scholarship prizes encourages them to pursue their dreams.”

Grand Prize winners will each receive a $10,000 scholarship. The second place students will each receive $5,000, and third place winners will each receive $3,000. The remaining seven “runner up” couples will each receive a $1,000 prize. Additionally, the Singles Category winner will receive a $1,000 prize.

Visit now to vote for Kiana Mata and Fernando Espinal. Polls are open until noon EST on 6 July 2016. Check back 13 July to see who will be crowned as the 2016 Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest winners.