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Meredith Holt, Published April 07 2014

Prom-posals: Local high schoolers get creative with their prom invitations

FARGO – “Wanna go to prom with me?”

These days, simply asking doesn’t seem to be enough.

Local high school students are coming up with fun, cute, romantic and all-around creative ways to ask their dates to prom.

In fact, Khristian Coulter’s date said he’d only go with her if she asked him in a cute way. Her mom, Shellee, gave the 17-year-old Davies High School junior the idea to spell it out on a Happy Joe’s sign.

“I think he (Colter) thought it would be cool if I came up with a unique way to do it,” says Khristian, who works at the Fargo pizza place.

Shadai Bintliff’s date said it with sushi.

The 17-year-old Fargo South senior’s best friend stalled their arrival at Wasabi in downtown Fargo by taking “the most ridiculous detour ever,” Shadai says.

When they arrived and walked inside, fellow senior Aidan Wilkerson motioned for Shadai to join him at a booth.

“When I got over there, he had flowers and my favorite sushi roll that said ‘Prom?’ Sushi is my favorite food,” she says.

Anna Almquist, like Khristian a 17-year-old junior at Fargo Davies, was asked with dessert after eating lunch at a Chinese buffet.

Her boyfriend put a slip of paper that said, “Will you go to prom with me?” in a homemade fortune cookie. Impressive, huh?

“My other friend got asked to prom with a giant cookie, and he spelled out in frosting, ‘Prom?’ There are all these fun ideas going around,” she says.

But not every “prom-posal” involves food.

Kate Nelson says her cousin Matthew Melander, a senior at Fargo South, came up with the idea to ask his date with the help of the little swimmers in her swim class at the downtown Y.

“He printed off big letters, ‘P – R – O – M’ and then ‘?’ and stuck them each on kickboards and her kids held them up. He then showed up with roses and asked her to prom,” Nelson says. “I thought it was pretty creative and romantic.”

Kylee Seljevold had to work for her prom-posal.Her boyfriend, 18-year-old Davies senior Hunter Dennison, gave her a puzzle made from a friend’s photograph.

When Kylee finished putting it together, she saw a message spelled out in the clouds of a sunset over a field.

“She was super excited when she got it,” Hunter says.

Michael Archambeau, a senior at West Fargo High School, put his song-writing skills and a few of his choir friends to work for his.

In old-fashioned barbershop quartet style, they sang, “Hello darling, you look rather gorgeous today, would you like to dance with me, my dear, in May?”

“She was speechless at first, a little bit,” he says of his date. “Then she said something like, ‘Oh my gosh, yeah.’ "

Readers can reach Forum reporter Meredith Holt at (701) 241-5590