When Kyle Huff told his prom date they'd be arriving by helicopter, she didn't believe him, he said.
He actually had to call Tender Loving Care Medical Services -- the company he hired to bring them -- to prove he was telling the truth.
"She freaked out she was so excited," said Huff, who attends Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School. "She's unbelievably thrilled."
On May 22, Huff and Amanda Marcely touched down outside the LaFayette Country Club after a bird's eye tour of Syracuse and its surroundings. All smiles, the two made a graceful entrance to their senior ball -- following a string of questions by local media.
"It was an absolute blast," Huff said.
"My heart is still pumping," said Marcely, who that night conquered her fear of heights.
In an age where anything goes, Huff said he really had to think how he could make a lasting impression on prom night. He chose a grand entrance - not to outdo or make jealous any of his peers -- but simply because it was something different.
The ride cost just under $400, which Huff said is about half the cost of renting a limousine.
"When I heard the price, I was ecstatic!" he said. "I can do it. I work very hard. I save all my money -- I've been saving since I was 13 years old. I live a very conservative lifestyle and my goal with this was to do something different -- to go all out on my last prom."
Huff, who works at Eastside Racquet Club in Manlius, has flown in helicopters before at air shows, the NY State Fair and in Kentucky during a school club trip.
For Marcely, however, this flight was her first. Her biggest worry? Ruining her hair, Huff said, which, in the end, remained stylishly intact.