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Wake County Teenagers Celebrate H.S. Graduation Alcohol, Tobacco Free

Posted June 2, 2000

— High school graduation should be a happy time, not one ruined by the tragedy of drinking and driving. Project Graduation is the way several teenagers in Wake County are partying and doing it safely.

Graduates celebrated their freedom from high school at Dorton Arena Saturday evening without any alcohol, drugs or tobacco. Instead, the teenagers danced the night away.

"They've got good music and fun games," says graduate Jim Rodgers. "It's better than staying home and watching TV."

Some teenagers took a spin on the Orbitron. Others took their chance at the casino.

The high school seniors spent the evening eating snacks and drinking sodas. The idea is to stay safe and sober.

"It keeps our students off the streets and keeps them in a safe environment," says organizer Ann Rollins.

Project Graduation started in 1989 and has grown steadily over the years.

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