Grad party of the year


The Mirror reporter

Many mixed emotions are released on graduation day. Goodbyes are exchanged and memories are made and shared. Before moving on, there is still one last party that seniors can celebrate together.

Project Graduation began in 1987 and is a chemical-free alternative where seniors can have fun with their friends on their special day. This year it is organized by Bonnie Bronk and Michael Blair.

It is on May 27 from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. at SPASH. Tickets are $30 per person and this includes all activities, food and beverages. They will be sold in the South Commons during lunch from May 21 to May 24.

Free food and drinks will be served all night. There are also many prizes to be won. Some of the activities this year include the casino, the carnival in the gym (bungee jumping, blow up games, a DJ, pool table, etc.), bingo for cash prizes and a magician. The night will end with the famous hypnotist show in the auditorium.

Sophomores and juniors can also take part in Project Grad by working as volunteers at various stations. Jillian Keup, junior, is working the carnival this year. “I’m looking forward to helping make their experience fun and I’m hoping that next year the underclassmen will make our experience fun when we are seniors,” Keup said.

“I volunteered at Project Grad my sophomore year,” senior Kacey Koch said. “Watching everyone have so much fun gave me something to look forward to for my senior year.”

Fred Schroeckenthaler worked at Project Grad when his sons went to SPASH. “I worked the casino station at Project Grad in 2009 and 2011,” Schroeckenthaler said. “I really enjoyed it because I enjoyed seeing the seniors having a great time. It would’ve probably been the last time all the seniors were together in one function.”

“We just spoil them and really want them to have a good time,” Bronk said. “This event wouldn’t be possible without all the donations from the community.”