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Teen takes great-grandmother to prom

Thursday - 5/1/2014, 8:33pm  ET

WASHINGTON --If Austin Dennison doesn't qualify for the great-grandson of the year award, we don't know who would.

The 19-year-old high school senior Parkway High School in Rockford, Ohio, not only took his great-grandmother Delores Dennison to his prom, but he made sure he danced with her to a song her late husband used to sing to her when they were young: Frank Sinatra's "How I love the kisses of Delores."

According to a recent column by Todd Starnes at, Delores Dennison, 89, never went to her high school prom -- her family couldn't afford the expense, according to Starnes. Her great-grandson knew this, and a few months back, he called up "Granny DD" and posed the question.

"I asked her if she would be my prom date," Austin told Starnes. "How cool would it be to take my great-grandmother to prom?"

Granny DD was a bit floored. "He was so sweet and adamant about it," Delores said. "I asked him, ‘But are you sure that you wouldn't like to take one of the young ladies who could get out there and do everything with you?' He said no. ‘I want you.'"

Dennison, a high school athlete and Eagle Scout, said it was no big deal. "I respect my elders greatly...They have a great influence on my life. To be able to sit down and talk to them and learn from them and their experiences is a great thing."

Austin said he drew his inspiration from his economics teacher, who had taken his grandmother to prom. Austin remembered that his own Granny DD had never been, either.

"I couldn't disappoint him - if I had to go on my hands and knees," Delores said.

"At first she was a bit resistant," Austin said. "I assured her I was serious and she finally said yes. It was my privilege to take her."

Be sure to see the video of their dance below.

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