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Editorial: PHS students have final say

A wise man once said no leader can take people where they don't want to go.

This past week members of the senior class of Prescott High School voted almost 2 to 1 not to go to Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley for their commencement ceremonies.

Principal Totsy McCraley announced the results of the 230-121 student vote Friday. Voter turnout among the 450-member senior class was more than 78 percent.

The vote reversed an earlier decision by the school administration to have the graduation at Tim's Toyota Center. A March 8 letter to The Daily Courier editor from Class of '58 member Nadine Hightower criticizing the decision set off a flurry of letters and online comments debating the issue.

Graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2008 took place at Tim's Toyota Center because of inclement weather. The school scheduled this year's graduation there because of plans to replace the aging bleachers at the usual venue, the high school's football field. Officials said the contractor needed a prompt start on the bleachers project to beat the monsoons and have the venue ready for the fall football season.

The controversy, however, led school officials to put the matter to a vote of the students that concluded Friday. "We will hold graduation here on May 22," McCraley said.

It appears the contractors will need to work with unusual speed, but democracy has triumphed.

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