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Charly Haley, Published January 26 2013

VIDEO: She said yes to dramatic prom invitation

FARGO - The letters on the Fargo Theatre’s marquee Friday weren’t advertising movies or shows – they formed a question.

“Will you go to prom with me, Carolyn?”

Alex Kleven, a junior at Fargo South High School, used the marquee to ask fellow Fargo South junior Carolyn Pifer to prom Friday.

And she said yes.

“So that was good,” Kleven said.

He came up with the idea to use the Fargo Theatre by talking with his friend Hannah Westerholm, also a student at Fargo South.

On Wednesday, he went to the theater.

“They were pretty friendly and awesome about it,” Kleven said.

It’s the first time anyone has been asked to prom on the marquee, said Emily Beck, executive director at the Fargo Theatre.

The theater’s staff was surprised and thought it was creative, Beck said.

The proposal went up on the marquee at 10 p.m. Thursday. But Kleven didn’t want Pifer to see it until Friday.

“It was hard to keep it secret,” Kleven said.

Photos of the marquee started circulating the Twitter and Facebook pages of people who didn’t even know the high schoolers, but thought the proposal was endearing.

Kleven said a local TV news station called every high school in the area until they were connected with him.

Around 2:30 p.m., Kleven, Westerholm and Pifer went to lunch at Erbert and Gerbert’s next to the Fargo Theatre.

When they left the sandwich shop, Pifer saw the question on the marquee.

Kleven said she was excited and surprised.

Kleven was surprised, too, because of all the attention the prom proposal received, especially from news reporters.

“It’s been excitement all day,” he said.

Pifer could not be reached for comment Friday.

Fargo South’s prom is April 13.

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