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Teens who wore duct tape to prom receive $20K

Outfits defined by bold colors, cut-by-hand designs, and a detachable skirt took 28 rolls of Duck brand duct tape and 102 hours to accomplish. (Photo Source: duckbrand.com) Outfits defined by bold colors, cut-by-hand designs, and a detachable skirt took 28 rolls of Duck brand duct tape and 102 hours to accomplish. (Photo Source: duckbrand.com)
(Photo Source: duckbrand.com) (Photo Source: duckbrand.com)

(WMC) - Pretty in duct tape: it's why two Mid-South teens will receive $10,000 each.

Outfits defined by bold colors, cut-by-hand designs, and a detachable skirt took 28 rolls of Duck brand duct tape and 102 hours to accomplish. Winning the grand prize for the 2014 Duck brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest has made the work worth it for Kechantra Ward and Jeffery Patton of Senatobia, Miss.

Ward, 17, and Patton, 16, said the swirling pattens that figure skaters leave on the ice and the shape of antique skeleton keys inspired the details.

"She basically had to walk me through it," Patton told WMC Action News 5 in July.

Ward, who wants to be a fashion designer, said, "I like to make things, and I thought making it with duct tape would be even better and a challenge."

Ward noted that it took more than 100 hours to make and design the outfits, and more than 20 rolls of duct tape.

Ward said many people at prom were intrigued by the material of her dress. She plans to study fashion design at Kent State in the fall, and she plans to use the scholarship money for books and room and board. Patton still has another year of high school to go.

"Since the [contest] began, we've inspired more than 6,000 students to put their imaginations to work creating truly original prom wear, and we're so proud of the amazing designs they've shared with us. This year's winning couples are no exception," said Ami DeWille with ShurTech Brands, who markets Duck Tape.

There were 150 contestants in the contest, and the Mississippi duo, who are cousins, took home first place.

In addition to scholarship money for the two winners, Senatobia High School will receive $5,000.

You can see who the teens competed against in this slideshow: http://bit.ly/1mVsyGZ.

Copyright 2014 WMC Action News 5. All rights reserved.

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