BY MARY WICOFF
— What is the best-dressed outdoorsman wearing to prom this year?
For Michael Courson, the answer is obvious: a Mossy Oak breakup camouflage tux with an orange tie and orange pocket square. And, of course, his date would be dressed in camouflage, as well.
Courson, a senior at Bismarck-Henning High School, attended his prom recently in full camo attire, complete with boots and cap. Sierra Compton, a junior at Hoopeston Area High School, accompanied him in a camouflage dress with an orange belt — and cowgirl boots.
The couple also went to Compton’s prom in camouflage, but Courson didn’t have the full outfit at that time. Hoopeston’s prom was scheduled two weeks earlier than Bismarck’s, and the young man wore a black tux with a camouflage vest.
“Everybody got a kick out of it,” Compton said about the reaction at Hoopeston. “People are still talking about it.”
The staff at Seno Formal Wear in the Village Mall was excited about the couple’s look, as well.
“We haven’t had this much excitement in a long time,” co-manager Kristy Cruea said when Courson came by to get fitted for his camo tux.
Co-manager Megan Hughes said a lot of guys have asked about the camo tux, but Courson was the first one to actually order it.
“I think it’s pretty cool,” she said. “I love the orange with it.”
Jerry Courson, Michael’s dad, who was wearing a camo cap, supports the look, too, saying, “I think it’s great.” His son grew up outdoors and has been going hunting with him since he was 3 years old.
The younger Courson came up with the idea of going to prom in camouflage when he saw pictures on the Internet. He went to Seno in early March and asked if a camo tux could be ordered, and they said yes.
A camo tux costs a bit more than a regular one, Cruea said, but said of the couple, “To look at their faces, it’s well worth it.”
Compton decided she would dress in camo, too, and found a pattern and material.
Kathy Courson, Michael’s mother, made the Southern belle-style dress in a couple of weeks.
It was no surprise that her son wanted to dress in camo, she said, as his bedroom has had a camouflage theme since he was 5 years old. The family teases him, though, that he’s going to get tired of camo — especially after he joins the Army after graduation.
Compton said her mother, Susan Tuggle, loves the dress, adding, “She thinks its one of the coolest things.” Besides the dress, Compton wore a camouflage garter with an orange ribbon.
On the day of the prom, Jerry and Kathy Courson took the young couple to Kennekuk County Park for photos. Jerry joked that, with the camo in the natural setting, you wouldn’t be able to see the teens in the photos, except for their teeth.
Courson and Compton also said they like Duck Dynasty, but won’t be able to attend the show, as it falls on graduation weekend.