Mesquite police to host grad night party for Virgin Valley Class of 2017

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MESQUITE, Nev. — The Virgin Valley High School Class of 2017 will set out on new adventures in life and begin many wonderful and fulfilling careers, and the Mesquite Police Department would like to make sure their journey in life after graduation begins in a safe and exciting way.

As part of this effort, the department is working with students to plan their grad night activities June 8 at the Mesquite Recreation Center. This will be the 13th year that the Mesquite Police Department has worked with the students to plan a fun filled night and a safe location to spend their time after graduation ceremonies.

“This event has steadily become an important event to the VVHS graduates and the police department members who volunteer their time and efforts to make it happen,” Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner said. “Everyone enjoys the opportunity to celebrate in a safe and fun atmosphere, where the graduates are able to enjoy their achievements and look forward to their future.”

The evening consists of entertainment, food and many activities designed for the graduates. The doors will be open from 9 p.m. until midnight. The doors are locked from midnight to 4 a.m., and attendees are not allowed to leave without being escorted by a responsible adult.

Members of the Virgin Valley High School senior class along with Mesquite Police officers will be contacting local businesses to ask for donations, which will fund the event’s many activities and safe environment. Private donations from the public are also greatly appreciated. The entire event is funded by donations.

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  • Proud Rebel May 29, 2017 at 9:41 am

    This sounds to me like something more schools should be doing! ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION WCSD?

    • Law24 May 29, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Every High School in Washington County does do this. It is usually put on by the parents of the senior class. Typically, the school is used for the event, utilizing the gym and auditorium area. I graduated from Snow Canyon High in 2009. For my grad night, the school used the gym and set up a “carnival” with different booths & activities. They had a zipline, roller-skating around in the indoor track, rock-band competition using various video game systems. They even brought in a mechanical bull. Later in the evening were fed, and then treated to a stand-up comedy show and a live band in the auditorium. They also did prize drawings at the end of the night. It was a great way for us to celebrate graduation but also keep us out of trouble.

      I know for a fact that this year, both Hurricane and Pine Valley High Schools utilized the Washington Community Centers to hold grad night. For those students that didn’t want to be cooped up indoors, they also sponsored a bonfire out in Warner Valley that had parent and Police supervision using the schools’ assigned resource officers.

  • comments May 29, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Fascinating. It’s as if they’re expecting the graduates to be up to very bad things that night (does mesquite have a history of this?). I tend to think the ones with bad intentions will leave before they lock everyone in. not a bad idea tho.

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