To say it's been a prom season to remember for the graduating class of 2012 would be a major understatement. From cardboard-cutout dates to tornado-interrupted dances to some totally epic prom proposals, high school seniors across the country had some truly epic stories to share this year.
Now that most students have already posted their photo albums on Facebook and stowed their dresses in the back of their closets, we wanted to relive the prom memories along with them through a round-up of the amazing stories we heard this year. In the slideshow below, we compiled the 20 most inspiring, wacky, controversial and generally unforgettable tales of prom 2012. Get ready for some prom-night nostalgia, because these movie-worthy moments are a testament to why prom is considered the biggest event of your high school career.
What's your favorite prom story of the year? Do you have any outrageous moments of your own to share? Tell us in the comments below or tweet @HuffPostTeen!
Prom<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/16/tornado-strikes-prom-at-k_n_1428403.html?ref=prom" target="_hplink"> took an unexpected turn</a> in Wichita, Kansas when a tornado hit. Although students were evacuated and sent to a nearby tornado shelter for two hours, prom-goers kept their spirits up by singing songs.
A group of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/09/prom-pier-collapse-wisconsin-photos-video_n_1504157.html?ref=prom" target="_hplink">Wisconsin prom-goers</a> got a big surprise during their photo shoot when the pier they were standing on collapsed, causing several members of the group to fall into a lake. The sopping-wet teens will at least get some unforgettable photos out of the mishap!
After four months of intensive labor and patience, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/23/prom-2012-dresses_n_1447009.html?ref=prom" target="_hplink">Maura Pozek</a> created the perfect prom dress out of cardboard. No stranger to using unusual materials, Maura had previously constructed elaborate ensembles out of Dorito bags and soda-can tabs.
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/01/danae-rodriguez-minnesota-teen-dad-prom_n_1468448.html?ref=prom" target="_hplink">Danae Rodriguez</a> took a very special date to prom -- her dad! Back in December, the brave teen managed to save her father from being seriously injured in a family car crash.
Iowa teen <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/02/rachel-bird-teen-tim-tebow-prom-date_n_1470924.html" target="_hplink">Rachel Bird</a> got creative when she couldn't take Tim Tebow, her dream date, prom. After a failed Twitter proposal to the former Denver Broncos quarterback, Bird decided to bring a life-size Tebow cardboard cutout to her big night.
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/28/victoria-chakwin_n_1461222.html" target="_hplink">Victoria Chawkin</a>, who has suffered from pulmonary fibrosis since the age of 11, recently received a lung transplant. Despite the odds and doctors' skepticism, the transplant was skeptical and Chawkin is able to attend her prom.
A Missouri teen with cerebral palsy got the dream of a lifetime when two players from her favorite football team, the Missouri Tigers, agreed to accompany her to prom. After teachers reached out to the team, players T.J. Moe and Corbin Berkstresser escorted <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/02/linda-watson-missouri-cerebral-palsy-prom-football-players_n_1472096.html?ref=teen" target="_hplink">Linda Watson</a> to her school's prom, where they danced the night away.
Colorado teen <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/01/regan-kerr-soda-can-prom-dress-colorado_n_1467574.html?ref=prom" target="_hplink">Regan Kerr</a> took personal style to a new level with a handmade prom dress featuring 5,114 soda can tabs. With soda can contributions from family and friends, Kerr was able to construct the dress, which features colored tabs lining the neckline and silver tabs covering the bodice.
Seventeen-year-old <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/25/amanda-dougherty-high-sc_n_1451922.html?ref=prom" target="_hplink">Amanda Dougherty</a> was banned from her prom for trying to attend solo after her date backed out. After spending $95 on the ticket and significantly more on her outfit, Amanda fought for her right to attend one of the most memorable nights of high school.
Connecticut high school senior <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/05/james-tate-conn-student-o_n_871559.html?ref=prom" target="_hplink">James Tate</a> was originally barred from prom because of his over-the-top invitation to the girl he wanted to ask. School officials reversed the original decision to punish Tate for his invitation, which consisted of 12-inch-high cardboard letters on the school wall, allowing him to attend the dance with his date Sonali Rodrigues.
Not all custom-made dresses are welcome at prom, as one senior learned the hard way. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/25/texanna-edwards-confederate-flag-prom-dress_n_1452411.html" target="_hplink">Texanna Edwards</a> was turned away from her school's dance due to the fact that her dress, which resembled the Confederate flag, was deemed inappropriate by school officials.
When their religious beliefs prevented a group of Muslim girls from being able to attend prom without wearing headscarves, the girls took matters into their own hands. Seventeen-year-old <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/03/all-girls-prom-tharima-ahmed-detroit-hamtramck_n_1475436.html?ref=teen" target="_hplink">Tharima Ahmed</a> and her friends solved the problem by organizing an all-girls prom.
How can you be sure to get a girl's attention when you want to take her to prom? Pop the question from <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/02/prom-proposals-student-as_n_1396522.html" target="_hplink">atop a fire ladder</a> while the entire school looks on jealously, of course!
Girls from the poorest county in the U.S. -- Owsley County, Kentucky -- got the fairytale prom they had been dreaming of, thanks to a loca nonprofit. The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/25/owsley-county-prom_n_1450163.html?ref=prom" target="_hplink">Owsley County Outreach</a> helped fund a memorable night for local high school seniors.
One <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/05/prom-proposal-teen-asks-c_n_1321022.html" target="_hplink">17-year-old from Iowa</a> with a major crush and a bit of courage asked the longtime object of her affection to prom on a local billboard.
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/03/carolann-nunez-down-syndrome-prom-queen_n_1474415.html?ref=prom" target="_hplink">Carolann Nunez</a>, a Texas high school student with Down syndrome, had her dream come true when she was crowned prom queen. Her classmates, friends and family took to social media and poster-making to get the word out and campaign for Carolann.
One lucky teen got to bring Justin Bieber to her prom -- well, sort of. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/04/kristen-schubert-justin-bieber-cutout-prom_n_1477618.html?ref=teen" target="_hplink">Kristen Schubert</a> brought a cardboard cutout of the singer to the Grand Valley High School dance after several direct proposals to his record label went unanswered.
Things were looking up this prom season for dozens of girls who can't afford new dresses. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/25/prom-boutique-donates-dresses_n_1378212.html?ref=prom" target="_hplink">Prom Boutique</a>, a New York charity, collects about 3,000 dresses a year to outfit girls in need. With donation sites across Long Island, the organization encourages teens who have already enjoyed their special night to pass on their dresses to those who otherwise could not.
One creative Michigan teen put a sweet spin on the traditional prom dress. With the help of her classmates, she was able to collect <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/08/teens-sweet-prom-dress-ma_n_1499818.html?ref=teen" target="_hplink">thousands of Starburst wrappers</a> to construct her dress out of.
High school senior <a href="http://wilmington.patch.com/articles/wilmington-student-wins-prom-video-contest" target="_hplink">Zack Frost</a> was honored as the winner of "Dance. Don't Chance," a video contest which shed light on the importance of safe driving. Frost's one-minute film focused on the impact that drinking or texting while driving can have.