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Graduation, Project Graduation a night to remember for seniors
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Savannah Gentry knows exactly what she wants to do after graduating from high school Friday night. She plans to study to become a veterinarian.
“I’ve always loved animals,” she said after riding on the back of a giant tricycle at Project Graduation with Kaleb Rymer.
Rymer was quick to agree. “She has a big heart when it comes to animals. There’s no telling how many strays she’s taken home. She’d load up a stray cow if she had to.”
With their graduation ceremony just a few hours before, hundreds of Warren County High School seniors and their guests gathered at McMinnville Civic Center on Friday night for a Project Graduation celebration that stretched into Saturday morning.
Project Graduation organizers had $25,000 worth of prizes to give away to encourage students to enjoy their graduation night in a drug- and alcohol-free environment. Figures show 245 people were in attendance.
Among the coveted prizes were tickets to Bonnaroo, laptops, flat-screen TVs, iPads, printers, gift cards, and cash. There were also tables loaded with food courtesy of local businesses.
When graduates weren’t eating and winning prizes, they were taking part in a variety of games. This included a basketball game where participants tried to run in for a slam dunk before being snapped back by a rope.
“My legs feel like rubber,” said Emily Newman after finishing the game. Newman says she plans to attend Tennessee Tech for a career in occupational therapy.
Other games included laser tag, sumo wrestling, soccer, dodgeball, and Bingo.
Summer Scott had one of the more interesting stories when it came to earning her diploma. She had a baby in July, but still managed to continue her school work to walk the stage Friday night. Her future plans include attending Motlow as she works toward a degree in nursing.
Andrew Kaiser says he will continue his career in the military after graduation. He joined the National Guard as a junior and says his next step is taking AIT, or advanced individual training with the National Guard.
“I want to be in airborne and I also want to be a drill sergeant,” said Kaiser.