Safe, fun time had by WCHS seniors at Project Graduation – Southern Standard

There were gift cards and prizes galore as WCHS seniors and their guests celebrated one of the biggest milestones in their lives – a high school diploma – during Project Graduation.

The all-night party began Friday night and spilled into Saturday morning at The Detention in Morrison.

“I’d never do it again, but I enjoyed my time there,” said senior Kami Brooks on graduating from WCHS. She is already a CNA thanks to dual enrollment courses and well on her way to a career in nursing.

WCHS football player Ethan Bernhardt said the Friday night lights were his favorite part of high school.

“To be out there on the field among all the excitement is what I’ll remember most,” said Ethan.

The Detention is a perfect place for Project Graduation with video games, laser tag, bumper cars, a climbing wall, golf simulators, and mini golf. Games of Bingo featured cash prizes.

“This group of friends is what made high school feel like high school,” said Ezra Thomas after making a hole-in-one at mini golf. Asked what’s next for him, Ezra said, “Taking this next shot.”

Project Graduation is made possible thanks to year-round fundraising. There was $66,683 raised this year, with a golf tournament, mum sales, nursery sale, and car show among the events which generated significant cash.

Every senior in attendance received a $25 Amazon gift card for walking in the door. Other gift cards included Starbucks, McDonald’s and Sonic.

There were drawings for prizes held throughout the night. Prizes included laptops, Apple and Galaxy watches, printers, mini fridges, airpods, speakers, hats, travel bags, CMA tickets, and more.

The mission of Project Graduation is to provide graduates with a safe environment in which to celebrate.

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