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Summer break is just days away for local high school students.
Seniors at Campbellsville and Taylor County high schools will put on graduation caps and gowns this week and next, respectively. In all, more than 300 students are expected to graduate.
And after the ceremonies, local graduates will gather together for what could be the last time and celebrate at annual Project Graduation parties. Project Graduation events are open exclusively to students who just graduated. Throughout the night, graduates participate in carnival-style games to compete and win prizes. This year, as in past years, all prizes will be made possible through donations. Project Graduation parties offer graduates free food and non-alcoholic drinks.
Committees of senior parents have been making plans for Project Graduation bashes for several months now and are still accepting donations.
Cash donations, as well as gift certificates and merchandise such as televisions, computers, stereos, dorm-size refrigerators, microwaves, cameras, food and drinks and all other college dorm room necessities, are still being accepted.
Campbellsville High School
Campbellsville High School’s baccalaureate service is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Hamilton Auditorium. Class night is Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Hamilton Auditorium.
Graduation ceremonies at CHS will be Saturday at 5 p.m. at Hamilton Auditorium.
Forty-seven students will graduate from CHS this year.
After the graduation ceremony, Project Graduation will begin at around 9:30 p.m. at the school’s gymnasium. The event will end at about 3 a.m. A hypnotist will perform at 10 p.m.
Seniors began final exams last Friday and will continue them today and tomorrow. This year’s valedictorian and salutatorian will be announced after final grades are calculated. This Friday is the last day of school for CHS students.
Donations are still being accepted for this year’s Project Graduation celebration and can be mailed to CHS at 230 W. Main St.
For more information about Project Graduation, call the school at 465-8774.
Taylor County High School
Taylor County High School’s baccalaureate service is Wednesday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Campbellsville Baptist Church. Class night will be Thursday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the TCHS gymnasium.
TCHS will graduate 257 students - its largest class ever - at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24, also at the TCHS gym.
Project Graduation begins immediately after the graduation ceremony and will last until about 4 a.m. in the Taylor County Middle School gymnasium. Graduates will eat, play games to win prizes and receive T-shirts and gift cards. TCHS seniors will take their final exams on May 20 and 21, and, after grades are calculated, this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian will be named. The last day of school is May 21.
The final TCHS Project Graduation fundraisers are a car show at TCHS this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a roadblock the following day from 1 to 4 p.m.
For more information about TCHS project graduation, call Walsh at 403-1062 or visit www.cardinalparty.org.
Donations to Project Graduation can be mailed to Walsh at 210 Doral Court.