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May 20, 2012

Grad to be there

Outgoing DHS seniors celebrate at Project Grad

DUNCAN — For some of Duncan High School’s graduates, Project Graduation was the last time they would see their fellow Class of 2012 members, as they move on and become adults. But for a few fleeting hours, the students had time to spend with one another, to play, to be kids.

The newly graduated seniors participated in Project Graduation on Thursday night, following the commencement ceremony. This is an annual event for the graduating seniors at Duncan High School.

“It’s a good alternative to going out and drinking tonight,” graduate Jonathan Hale said.

The multi-activity event, which ran from 11 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday, is a way of ensuring students are in a safe environment following graduation. It’s also an opportunity for them to win money and prizes.

Senior parents held several fundraisers throughout the school year to raise money to support the event and the prizes. Many of the parents volunteered time to run the games or act as chaperons.

The games ranged from obstacle courses to basketball shooting to an electronic gun shoot-out. Twister boards were set up on the ground, and a miniature golf green gave students an opportunity to display their short game.

“I just like the fact that everywhere I go, there’s something to do,” graduate Jordyn Richardson said.

For every activity students took part in, they were awarded tickets. Those tickets could be used in various gift raffles.

Christian Thaxton, another DHS graduate, said Project Graduation was bigger and had more things to do than he expected.

“It’s sweet so far,” Thaxton said. “There’s a money machine, food, all these games. It’s a pretty sweet setup.”

In addition to food and games, a hypnotist show took place. In the show, several members of the senior class were hypnotized and asked to do some odd things.

For instance, the students were told they were in a Michael Jackson dance-off. Some of the students show off their dancing skills, while others didn’t quite have their skills up to par.

As excited as Thaxton was about graduating and attending Project Graduation, he said there is a heart behind the event. And that heart is what made Project Graduation.

“Obviously, it’s a good idea,” Thaxton said. “Every year, you hear about people who just graduated and they get in a bad wreck that night.”

Though the night wasn’t all serious, the graduates found themselves involved in a variety of fun activities. It gave the students their last hoorah together.

Project Graduation gave the seniors one last opportunity to spend with their friends before taking the next step in life.

“This is the last time I’ll see some of these people,” Richardson said.

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