Event coordinators and senior students plan county-wide graduation event


Students from the surrounding area are hoping to keep traditions alive, as the community and others plan to host the 31st annual Marion County Project Graduation.

With more than 30 years of rich history in serving high school students annually, Marion County Project Graduation has kept its promise in providing seniors with a safe alternative to celebrating graduation. 

“I think it’s always good to promote good safe fun. You dont have to have alcohol or drugs to have a fun time. You can also go out with friends, have games I think it’s great that we are having prizes too,” said Daniel Costello, senior at East Fairmont High School.

The all-night, community hosted party will take place at the new Fairmont armory with more than 20 live activities, giving seniors the opportunity to create their own fun, all while receiving prizes like xboxs, iPads and others.

Hannah Teets, a senior of North Marion High School said “We kinda have to create our own world of fun, so with all these different activities and we keep throwing out the idea that it’s our last night to kind of be a kid. We get to just have this care free, safe fun with all these games, our friends.” 

While wanting all seniors to be left with unforgettable memories during the event, Marion County Project Graduation officials said they hope to send students off to their next walk of life focused and ready, as more than $6,000 of scholarships will be dispursed throughout the night. 

“What this is I feel like it’s a final opportunity for a company to support us for the entirety of our public education and our approximately 18 years on this earth to give us one final benefit as we go off and try to get our higher education through financial aid,” said Jarryd Powell, Fairmont Senior High School. “We can have this final, beyond sweet moment of celebrating with our closest friends and family and this community. This final sense of community that you can only find in Marion County, West Virginia. Where we are all one big family and it’s a positive support system.”

Registration deadline will be May 14 with Project Graduation taking place at the new Fairmont Armory starting at 11p.m. on May 24. 

For pre-registration to the Marion County Project Graduation click here.

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