Grad Night Nears

Jessica Coleman and Jessica Coleman

As June approaches, many seniors are debating how to celebrate the end of their high school career. Meanwhile, parents are laboring over Grad Night, a party thrown for the seniors after their graduation ceremony. This celebration has been controversial since the massive district budget cuts, but many parents believe that Grad Night is money well spent.

“People don’t understand the value of Grad Night,” said Ina Pavey of the Grad Night committee. “They think it is a waste of money.”

In reality, the money ensures a safe drug and alcohol free atmosphere where the seniors can spend one last night together.

In the past, students have described the night as an irreplaceable bonding experience, where the efforts of the parents create a magical night.

Past Grad Night parties have featured a DJ, games, crafts, spa and relaxation, zip lines, a casino, video and arcade games, dancing, live entertainment, raffle prizes, never-ending food and a senior class video.

“The parents say it takes a village to do this. It’s great to roundup the parents and work together one last time,” said Pavey.

Due to the success of fundraisers, ticket prices are ensured to be less expensive than in past years, according to Diane Oshima.