Two high school jocks made news last weekend by going to the prom as a couple, reports Outsports.
Musselman High School student and West Virginia all-state athlete, Michael Martin, knew who he wanted to take to the prom Saturday: his boyfriend, Logan Westrope, a student at neighboring Hedgesville High.
"I asked Logan to the prom after his work," Martin said. "I gave him a bag with a chicken sandwich inside and asked, 'Are you a chicken or will you go to the prom with me?' " Michael said. "He easily and gladly said yes."
Ironically, Martin popped the prom question at Chick Fil A, where Logan works. Though it has since softened its stance, the company was once an outspoken antigay business.
"We knew this would be a night to remember," Westrope said. "We walked in, checked in with our tickets, and were off to have fun! At first we were both a little hesitant to hold hands, not knowing how the rest of the student body would react. But after a short while, we were always next to each other and danced together the whole night."
Martin and Westrope, who have been dating for four months, say they were not only spared insults or mean looks, they were welcomed warmly by other students at the prom.
"We didn't hear any negative comments about Michael and I," Westrope said in his interview with Outsports following the prom. "A lot of people would come up to us, especially the girls, and say, 'You both are so cute!' or 'You guys look great!' Once we left the prom, I remember Michael saying to me in the car, 'Logan, this is our last prom and I'm so glad I got to spend it with you.' I couldn't have asked for a more perfect night."
Outsportsfeatured Michael Martin in a coming-out interview last year. According to the site, that interview was its most popular of 2014.
According to the publication, he was a four-year starter on Musselman High's soccer team and an all-state goalie. Additionally, Martin swims at the all-conference level and plays tennis. A senior, he plans to major in environmental sustainability in Pennsylvania after graduation.
Logan Westrope plays on his high school's tennis team and will attend Penn State as a meteorology major.