Graduates get chance to party all night Safe celebrations offer swimming, dancing and food

June 18, 1993|By Aglaia Pikounis | Aglaia Pikounis,Staff Writer

For years, parents have been trying to convince their teen-agers that they can party and have a good time without alcohol or drugs.

This weekend, the Carroll County Youth Recreation Council will be reinforcing the "party safely" message with its Project Graduation '93.

In an effort to draw the senior classes together after commencement, the youth council in West

minster is sponsoring three parties with no smoking, alcohol or drugs.

The Class of '93 will have the opportunity to swim, dance, watch movies, play an assortment of sports and eat -- starting at 10 p.m. today, tomorrow or Sunday and continuing all night until 6 a.m.

Commencement exercises are being held all three days.

The parties, which will have a cruise theme, will be at the Four Seasons Sports Complex in Hampstead. Graduates can attend any of the parties. Admission is open until 12:30 a.m.

The youth council began the program to offer a safe party atmosphere for graduates.

"There is really a need for this type of program. I think this is a great program, and we will definitely continue it next year," said Angie Diehlmann, Project Graduation chairman and president of the Carroll County Youth Recreation Council.

Mrs. Diehlmann, who worked on a similar program in Charles County when she lived there, introduced the idea to the Carroll County Board of Education in September.

When the board told her they could not sponsor the event because students would have already graduated, she sought support from the Department of Recreation.

Although Mrs. Diehlmann is not sure how successful the event will be -- especially since many of the early graduates will be heading for ocean resorts -- she noted that several local community groups, schools and businesses showed their support.

"I'm really grateful to the community," said Mrs. Diehlmann, who said that South Carroll and Westminster high schools have been helpful.

South Carroll's Student Against Drunk Driving donated $300, sh said, and many local businesses have been generous.

Prizes every night

Tickets for Project Graduation '93 were included in the graduation packets of seniors at all of Carroll County's high schools. Tickets are free, and seniors are encouraged to bring a guest.

Project Graduation activities include a Hot Tracks DJ, a live band called Blue Monkey Syndrome, access to indoor and outdoor sports facilities, swimming in an outdoor pool, food and drinks, and 35 to 40 prizes a night.

The prizes include televisions; VCRs; stereos; tickets to Oriole games, movies and amusement parks; beach chairs and coolers.

Dale Frantz of Frantz Production Inc. will videotape all three parties free. The videos will be made available to the graduates at a minimal cost.

Mrs. Diehlmann said there would be about 20 chaperons each night.

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