PT Cruiser to Help Grads Cruise to Celebration

May 28, 2008, OAK RIDGE, TN - A 2002 PT Cruiser will be given away to one of the lucky graduates who attend Graduation Celebration 2008 Thursday and Friday at Oak Ridge Civic Center.

The drug- and alcohol-free, all-night lock-in party, with a "Cruise to Monte Carlo" theme, is free to all 2008 graduates of Oak Ridge High School as a gift from the community.

The car, which has been sponsored by Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club, the Oak Ridge Rotary Club, Sexton Automotive, Mullins Performance Car Wash, and the Oak Ridge Graduation Celebration Community Foundation, is just one of a number of big prizes that will be given away at the end of the event, including a dozen scholarships.

Three scholarships have restrictions: Information International Associates is celebrating its 20-year anniversary with the donation of two $1,000 scholarships, which will be awarded by drawing to students who plan to teach math or science after graduating from college, and a $500 scholarship has been donated by Roane State Community College for a student who plans to enroll in the two-year institution in the fall.

Another $1000 scholarship donated by the Oak Ridge High School Student Council and eight $500 scholarships -- donated by B&W Y-12, Bechtel Jacobs Co., Journey Student Ministries of First United Methodist Church, Kiwanis Club of Oak Ridge, The Comedy Barn, Wackenhut Services, Women's Health Associates, and Xi Delta Upsilon -- will be given away by random drawing.

Other big prizes include a $250 Apple Store gift card, donated by Choices Resource Center, two Nintendo Wii game systems, and an Acer laptop computer. One of the Wii systems, a flat screen TV, and a gas-and-gift-card assortment valued at more than $200 were donated by RSI Environmental and the community foundation to encourage students to register and arrive early for the party.

A permission form must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian for each graduate, even those who already are 18, and an incentive prize drawing will be held from among those whose forms were turned in to the Civic Center by 5 p.m. last Friday or that make it in by noon Wednesday.

Additional incentives are available for those students who arrive at the Civic Center by 10:30 p.m. Thursday.
The doors open at 10 p.m. and close at 11 p.m. and students may attend without pre-registration, but signed forms will still be required.

Forms are available at the Civic Center or can be downloaded from www.tinyurl.com/5x3pgn and should be turned in to the Civic Center's main desk. For more information, contact Matt Reedy, Recreation and Parks Department employee who is liaison for the City's Youth Advisory Board, at 425-3442; Karen Bridgeman at 463-0043; or send an e-mail to gradcel@comcast.net.

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