Teen Wears Prom Dress Made Of Starburst Wrappers

Diane McNease, a high school student from the northern Michigan town of Ishpeming, had sweet idea when she saw a friend folding Starburst wrappers. Eighteen thousand candies later, she fashioned the bodice of a homemade dress completely out of the colorful papers and wore it to the prom last Saturday night, May 5. Her date, Luke DeWitt, is one of her best friends from the swim team.

The teen told WLUC-TV it took her a year-and-a-half to collect all the wrappers and five months to create the dress which also features a black satin “ball gown” skirt layered with tulle. “It was kind of a dare,” she tells Shine. “Someone said I couldn’t do it. That’s the last thing you should say to me.” She says DeWitt encouraged her through the whole process.

McNease explains to Shine that she did have some help. “My friend Bria Johnson made the fabric part of the dress for me. I couldn’t have done it without her.” The high school junior also says that dad, David, pitched in. “Every night he would help hand sew the folded strips of wrappers to the dress for a few hours.” For the first month, McNease ate all the candy herself. Friends at her school, which only has about 300 students, were happy to assist in the eating phase of the project.

McNease isn’t the first young woman to don a candy wrapper dress on her big night. Last year, Tara Frye splashed out in a tutti-frutti colored gown that her mom, Kerrin, had spent six years crafting out of Starburst wrappers. The crafting website fluffyland.com has an easy tutorial for how to make a cute Starburst bracelet with only 30-36 wrappers.

Future prom queens, would you wear a gown made of Starburst wrappers? Share your thoughts with us!

Source: Yahoo News

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US Teen Breaks Summit Record

An American teenager has become the youngest person to climb to the summit of the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. Jordan Romero, 15, reached the 4,897m (16,067ft) summit of Vinson Massif in Antarctica on Saturday, the final peak in a quest he began six years ago.

Aged 10, Jordan climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa. At 13, the Californian climbed the world’s highest mountain, Mt Everest. Jordan beat the record previously held by British climber George Atkinson, who completed the ascents at the age of 16 in May.

A post to Jordan’s Find Your Everest page said: “It’s in the books. The kid and team summit with all fingers and toes. Descent still to come. Then we celebrate.” In an audio message recorded on the summit, Jordan’s father Pete said there was a 15-knot (27km/h; 17mph) wind and that the temperature felt like -25F (-32C).

“Legendary day. Team’s absolutely strong as it can be,” he declared. “The mountain gods let us climb on top of Mt Vinson.”

“The team climbed absolutely flawlessly – perfect teamwork.”

The other peaks climbed by Jordan are Russia’s Mt Elbrus (July 2007), Argentina’s Mt Aconcagua (December 2007), Mt McKinley in the US (June 2008) and Indonesia’s Carstensz Pyramid (September 2009). In April 2007, he also climbed Australia’s highest mountain, Kosciuszko.


Source: BBC News

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