Duck Tape prom dress could earn teen $10,000 for college

Posted at 10:31 PM, Jun 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-21 01:49:47-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - When prom season came around this year, 18-year old Anne Pacheco Timmerman went dress shopping in the hardware section of Wal-Mart.

The San Carlos high school senior used 15 rolls of Duck Tape to create an off-the-shoulder mermaid dress—and it may chip in toward the cost of college.  

Pacheco Timmerman said she was looking for scholarships online when she stumbled across the Duck brand’s Stuck at Prom contest. The grand prize is a $10,000 college scholarship.

"Then I decided, ‘Why not combine going to prom with actually going into doing a scholarship contest?’" she said.

She got to work creating a long white dress accented with pink, red and yellow flowers. 

To go with the dress, Pacheco Timmerman made a crown, clutch purse and wrist corsage out of the colorful plastic tape.

The outfit went over well at prom last month, she said.

“At first I was kind of shy about it, but everyone was really surprised, and they really loved it, they thought it was really creative. “

The ensemble took about $60 in materials and 120 hours of work—and earned her a spot as a top-ten finalist in the Stuck at Prom contest.

The home-schooled high school senior hopes to study graphic design at San Diego State University. 

The public will vote for two winners on the contest website. Voting closes at midnight on June 25.