BOWLING GREEN — Ashley Hoyt went to Rockfield Elementary School Friday for a job interview. What she got instead was a fiancé.
A school gym might not top the list of the most romantic places to propose, but the setting could not have been more perfect for Hoyt and childhood friend and classmate Tyler Burysek, who popped the question at the couple's former school.
Hoyt and Burysek, both Western Kentucky University students, became engaged in front of students, teachers, friends and family during morning announcements. The event was a total surprise for Hoyt, who was overjoyed and immediately said yes.
"I had no clue," she said. "I still can't believe it."
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The couple went through school together but did not start dating until a couple of years ago. With Hoyt about to graduate from WKU with a degree in elementary education and Burysek set to graduate soon with a degree in agriculture, the time just seemed right, said Shannon Hoyt, mother of the future bride.
"This is just awesome," said Shannon Hoyt, as family gathered in a nearby classroom just before the big event.
The future groom's mother, Tabitha Haley, was just as excited.
"This just all fell together," she said. "It's so romantic, but it wasn't planned for Valentine's Day. It just happened because the time was right, and that is even better," she said.
"It's pretty romantic," said 8-year-old student Katie Upchurch, who observed the event with her classmates. "I hope my husband does something fun like this one day for me."
"This is just all so sweet," said school secretary Linda Reynolds, who was in on the plan for the secret event, along with Principal Monte Cassady.
The wedding is tentatively planned for September 2011.
Now for the job.