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Published: Friday, May 20, 2011, 12:01 a.m.

Granite Falls student ‘Bugs' a girl to go to prom with him

  • Kyle Glover, a senior at Granite Falls High School, found an unusual way to invite Katie Christensen, also a senior, to prom. "I knew that I need...

    Photo by Mitch Byron

    Kyle Glover, a senior at Granite Falls High School, found an unusual way to invite Katie Christensen, also a senior, to prom. "I knew that I needed to come up with an awesome idea that topped everybody else's idea and would set the bar very high for all the other guys," Kyle says. "As my plan came together, it kept getting better and better."

  • Kyle Glover, a senior at Granite Falls High School, concocted a unique plan to ask Katie Christensen, also a senior, to prom. When Christensen arrived...

    Photo by Mitch Byron

    Kyle Glover, a senior at Granite Falls High School, concocted a unique plan to ask Katie Christensen, also a senior, to prom. When Christensen arrived at the parking lot, she found a specially painted pink Bug ... and Glover waiting with a question.

  • Glover (far right) painted "Katie's Bug" on the windshield and posed with friends (left to right) Jackson Phelps, Trevor Loucks, Mitch Byron...

    Glover (far right) painted "Katie's Bug" on the windshield and posed with friends (left to right) Jackson Phelps, Trevor Loucks, Mitch Byron and Shoen Jackson.

Asking someone to the prom can be as simple as making a request between classes or as complicated as what Kyle Glover concocted in Granite Falls.
Kyle, 17, went so far as to give Katie Christensen an invite -- and a car.
"I knew that I needed to come up with an awesome idea that topped everybody else's idea and would set the bar very high for all the other guys," Kyle says. "As my plan came together, it kept getting better and better."
As a tease, Kyle arranged to have balloons waiting in the Christensen family's hotel room when they vacationed in Hawaii.
Cute enough?
Not for Kyle.
Kyle knew Katie, 18, always wanted a pink Volkswagen Bug. Kyle found a non-running 1965 model and paid a dollar for it.
"I said to myself, if she wanted a pink bug, then a pink Bug she's going to get. So while she was gone, I spray painted the Bug an obnoxious fluorescent pink."
The day after Katie returned from Hawaii, she received a papier-mache balloon on a stick in each class filled with clever poems and Legos. The Legos could be put together to form the Space Needle, the scene of the prom.
Katie's principal called her to his office and handed her one last balloon with a poem directing her to head outdoors.
Using extensive espionage techniques, Kyle, driving a tractor loaded with the VW, maneuvered it into the school parking lot, with the help of cohorts Jackson Phelps, Trevor Loucks, Mitch Byron and Shoen Jackson.
As students peered and cheered from school windows, Kyle sprawled on the front of the bug and made his personal pitch for the April 30 dance.
Katie said yes.
"Prom was amazing," Kyle said.
• • •
Saturday is National Learn to Fly Day. Out of the Blue Aviation at Arlington Airport is offering an open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for anyone interested in learning to fly. At noon there will be a free barbecue followed by a seminar at 1 p.m.
Light Sport Aircraft will be available for demonstration flights all day.
For more information, call 360-474-1060.
• • •
A Tea Luncheon and Fashion Show is planned for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Stanwood Community and Senior Center, 7430 276th St. NW in Stanwood.
For more information, call 360 629-7403.
The fashion show features Laurie's Boutique and Starlight Vintage Emporium. There will be a Community Craft Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center.
• • •
Do you zoom right past neighborhood Chinese restaurants to drive several miles to your favorite spot?
Kristi O'Harran would like to hear from readers about their favorite Chinese restaurants, and why almond fried chicken tastes better if it's not cooked too close to home.
Email her at oharran@heraldnet.com.
Kristi O'Harran: 425-339-3451; oharran@heraldnet.com.

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