Class of 2010 celebrates with a trip to outerspace Long gone are the days of nothing-to-do, post-graduation night for high school students, especially those at Kingwood High School. The class of 2010 graduated May 29, and at 11 p.m., was whisked away to outer space as they attended Project Graduation 2010. Project Graduation started in 1989 as a way for parents to ensure their graduates’ safety on graduation night and as an opportunity for the graduates to spend one last night together. “I wish we had this when I was in school,” said Bob Driscoll, parent volunteer. The graduating class parents teamed up to provide a spectacular (and safe) night for the class of 2010. “Watching the hundreds of volunteers working this past week to pull together that years’ work, was like watching a mound of ants scurrying around to rebuild their home,” said Julie Hogan, director. A committee of 60-plus volunteers worked for over a year to provide the graduating class with a spectacular night to remember. “The volunteers unanimously worked together knowing this was all for the benefit of the graduates,” said Susana Denegre-Vaught, director of Project Graduation 2010. “Knowing that we were able to provide a drug and alcohol-free party  for our own students, motivated us to work diligently.” The event was funded by local business donations, but primarily by the hard work put into the event by way of fundraising done by the parents. Approximately $100,000 was raised for Project Graduation, not including donations.   With the help of every volunteer, the 2010 event was one that blasted graduates into another galaxy with numerous activities including: “Men in Black” boardwalk, the Blue Moon Cafe, moon rock climb, 2010 prediction cards, Jaba body painting, Stormtrooper tattoos, an alien playground, sumo wrestling, the Stardust Casino, R2D2 karaoke, Chewbacca bunko, gallactical gaming, bull riding and the Jetson’s Soda Shop. One hundred forty six raffle prizes were given throughout the night including iPads, a year membership to the Lake Houston YMCA, Ugg boots and various other luxury gifts. Recent graduate Kelli Murchison went home at the end of the night with the main prize: $18,000 in cash. “The success of the event was measured by the wide-eyed, huge smiles on every newly graduated students face at Kingwood High School,” Hogan said. “Going from location to location, receiving big hugs and thank you’s from kids in the hallways-I was blown away by the level of participation.” At the end of the night, really the beginning of a new day, graduates were sent home after receiving breakfast from the G-Force Station. After the seven-hour lock in event, volunteers and students couldn’t wipe the smiles from their faces. “In the end,  it was for the love we feel towards the class of 2010,” said Denegre-Vaught. Photo: Students of the graduating class of 2010 were able to come together one last time before embarking on various goals that lie ahead of them. The night, in large part to the parent volunteers, was unforgettable for the recent graduates. Photo by Caroline Giese

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