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PHS seniors vote to graduate on football field instead of at arena

The Prescott High School Class of 2009 will graduate on the PHS football field.The members of the senior class voted this past week whether to conduct graduation ceremonies at PHS or Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.The seniors voted 230 to 121 to keep graduation on campus. Approximately 100 of the 450 seniors did not participate in the vote.A panel of parents of seniors double-counted the votes early Friday afternoon.Parent Paula Hall said she thought the vote would lean toward PHS."I want them to have graduation where they want it," Hall said.Parent Pam Messenger said, "I went to graduation last year at Tim's and enjoyed it, but I enjoy giving the students a choice." PHS Principal Totsy McCraley said, "We will hold graduation here on May 22."McCraley said she has informed seniors that in case of inclement weather, Plan B is to "conduct graduation at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 23."Inclement weather forced PHS to move last year's graduation ceremonies to Tim's Toyota Center.McCraley and district officials planned to return to Tim's this year because of construction projects at PHS.School officials plan to start construction projects May 1. Any delay could result in school starting before the projects are completed.According to the ballot given to the seniors, the biggest problem could be an unfinished cafeteria, the use of classrooms and not having the use of the football field for home games. PHS officials explained the pros and cons of both graduation sites to the seniors before they voted.Despite the possibility of bad weather, the seniors voted to uphold tradition and graduate on the PHS football field.Related Blog:Graduation site? All that matters are the smiles!
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