Seniors blown away by ‘amazing’ Project Graduation

Published 7:45 am Monday, June 11, 2018


Boyle County High School

On the evening of Friday, June 1, the 2018 graduates of Boyle County High School celebrated their Commencement in an amazing ceremony. Afterwards, as the students gathered on the front lawn to greet their proud parents, teachers and volunteers jumped into action to transform the school from Commencement mode to Project Graduation mode.

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Students hang out together during Project Graduation.

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One of the deadliest times for teen drivers is graduation night. Boyle County High School started Project Graduation in order to provide graduates with a night of fantastic fun and celebration while also allowing parents to rest easy knowing their children are safe.

Graduates began arriving at 11 p.m. and celebrated until 5a.m. Throughout the night, the 179 attendees were able to participate in basketball tournaments, laser tag, breakout games, and Just Dance battles. Additional activities included inflatables from Party On Air, a painting station with supplies donated by DecoArt, and a photo booth complete with a wide selection of goofy props. Students were fed all night long with donated food from all over Danville and burgers flipped by parent volunteers. To end the night, everyone gathered in the cafeteria for prize giveaways. Because of a record-high amount of money raised, each attendee was able to receive a great prize from the Donations/Prizes Committee.

BCHS’s Senior Coordinator Susan Michael began planning Project Graduation in late January with a team of over 80 parent volunteers. Four committees were formed, and each one had a separate task. In the end, the Food, Security, Donation/Prizes, and Entertainment Committees came together to create a safe, fun-filled night.

As one of the grateful graduates, I was amazed by the vast amount of hard work Mrs. Michael, the teachers, and the parent volunteers put in to creating such an amazing night. While I was jumping on one of the inflatables in the gym, I was overwhelmed by the thought that just a few hours before, I had been standing in the same gym set up for Commencement. I have never been one to pull all-nighters, but at Project Graduation, I didn’t have one ounce of trouble staying awake. I had a blast bouncing around and dancing the night away with my classmates. I came home from the night with sleepy eyes, a new Keurig, and a heart full of gratitude. Project Graduation will definitely be a night I will never forget. To all of the parents, teachers, and classmates that helped make the night so wonderful, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Seniors celebrate escaping from a breakout room during Project Graduation.


The following groups, businesses and members of the community made Project Graduation possible:

10th Planet LLC

Ace Hardware and Appliances

Allen Company Inc

Alum Springs First Ch Of God

American Greetings

American Legion Battlefield Post #A301

Apex Plumbing



Auto Zone

Automate Of Danville Inc

B & E Furniture LLC

Back To Basics Chiropractic


Berry Plastics

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Students have fun on a “toxic meltdown” inflatable.

Beto & Bogardus Pllc

Bluegrass Chiropractic

Bluegrass Community Technical College

Bluegrass Community Bank, Inc

Bluegrass Drugstore

Bob Allen Motor Mall

Bowlarama Lanes

Boyd Family Dentistry

Boyle County Agency for Substance Abuse

Boyle County Quarterback Club Inc

Boyle County Attorney, Hon. Lynne Dean & Phillip Dean

Boyle County Baseball Homerun Club

Boyle County Board Of Education

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Students paint during Project Graduation.

Boyle County Circuit Court Clerk, Cortney Shewmaker

Boyle County Circuit Court Judge, Hon. Darren Peckler

Boyle County Clerk, Trille Bottom

Boyle County District Court Judge, Hon. Jeff Dotson

Boyle County Family Court Judge, Hon. Bruce Petrie

Boyle County Farm Bureau Federation

Boyle County Judge Executive, Hon. Harold McKinney

Boyle County PVA, Eddie Tamme

Branscum Construction Co., Inc.

Bumble Bee Sports

Burke’s Bakery

Caldwell Stone Company

Calvary Baptist Church

Campbellsville University – Harrodsburg Campus

Captain Franks

Car Express Wash

Carol’s Bridal and Gift Boutique


Central Bank & Trust Company

Central Kentucky Plastic Surgery; Chris Marek, MD

Central Kentucky Spine Surgery

Central KY Federal Savings Bank

Centre College Alumni Office

Centre College Bookstore

Cerci On Main, LLC

Changez Design Team

Chaplin River Catering LLC

Chase Bank


Chinatown Restaurant

Christopher Herron, Attorney at Law

Cindy Larson

Clotfelter-Samokar Architects

Cloud’s Country Cooking

Coffman’s Supply

Commonwealth Credit Union

Community Arts Center, Inc

Community Trust Bank

Corning, Inc.

Cracker Barrel

Creations by Jacque

Critchfield & Critchfield CPA

Cumberland Family Medical Center

Custom Air Inc

D & C Small Engine

Dairy Queen

Dana Sealing Products

Danielle’s Drive Away Café

Danville Anesthesiology – G.P. Majors, MD

Danville Bike and Footwear

Danville Bottled Water

Danville Boyle County Parks & Recreation

Danville Cinema 8

Danville Eye Center

Danville Family Dentistry

Danville Kiwanis Club

Danville Office Equipment Co

Danville Pediatric Dentistry

Danville Pediatrics

Danville Police Department

Danville Rotary Club

Danville Surgical Associates

Derby Shoppe

Dexter Real Estate & Insurance

Diesel Tech

Dominoes Pizza

Donna Majors

doTERRA Wellness Advocate, Jenny Bradley

Dr Barry M Kowalik

Dr Susan Couzens

Ellis Florist

Ephraim McDowell Health

Eye Associates Optical

Fairway Leasing DBA Aaron’s Sales & Lease

Family Medicine Clinic

Farmers Warehouse Company


First Baptist Church

First Christian Church

Fort Knox Federal Credit Union

Gary & Patti Chidester

Genesis Hair Salon

Gentle Dental Care

Gina Alexander Counseling

Giovanni’s Pizza

Grand Strandz

Great American Dollhouse Museum

Great Clips

Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant

Guerrant Real Estate

Hair Sensations


Harrodsburg Community Church

Health First Chiropractic

Heart of Kentucky United Way


Holiday World

Hon. Daniel Elliott, State Representative

Hyattsville Baptist Church

Illusions Hair Designs

In Motion Video

Indian Hills Christian Church

Inter-County Energy Coop Corp

Jacob & Allison Tamme

Jimmy Johns

Job Master Rental, Inc.

John Sheene Electric

Johnson-Pohlmann Insurance

Junction City First Baptist Ch

K & E Holdings

Ken Towery

Kentucky Association of School Councils

Kentucky Cattleman’s Association

Kentucky Soaps and Such

Kentucky Utilities Company

Kerbaugh & Rodes

Keystone Industrial LLC

Kings Island

Kirk Schlea Photography

Knights of Columbus; Council #6317

KWM Engineering & Surveying

Lafayette Engineering Inc

Lawson Tractor

Lee Stephens

Lee’s Famous Recipe

Leigh Anne King; Rodan-Fields Consultant

Lexington Ave Baptist Church

Lexington Cut Stone

Lexington Ice Center

Lexington Legends Pro Baseball Club

Lil Cherubs-Centenary Methodist

Little Caesars

Lock Box Inc

Long John Silvers

Lowes Home Centers Inc

LSC Communications

Lucky Dog Catering

Major’s Floor Covering

Malt Beverage Educational Corporation

Maple Tree Gallery Inc

Marjorie & Hugh Hines

Mark Brown Auto Body, Inc.

Mark L. Morgan & Assoc., Attorneys at Law, Stacey Hardin Hibbard

McDowell Wellness Center

McGlone Construction Co., Inc.


Melton’s Deli II

Merle Norman

Micksters Smoke House & Country Grill

NAPA Auto Parts

Nash, Cleveland & Godfrey

Norton Center for the Arts

O’Charleys Inc

One Way Gynecology

Orange Leaf


Pampered Chef

Papa Johns

Parksville Baptist Church

Parksville Christian Church

Patty’s Ice LLC

Perfect North Slopes

Perryville Furniture Outlet

Perryville United Methodist

Pitman Creek

Pizza Hut

Plank On Main

Preceptor Alpha Zeta

Presbyterian Church of Danville

Preston-Pruitt Spurlin Funeral Home

Purple Pinky Nail Salon

Quick Stop

Rebel Zone (BCHS School Store)


Robinson Hughes Christopher

Ruth & Shearer, CPAs

Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church

Salon 101

Sandy Surprises

Scott Scutchfield MD

Second Street Christian Church

Self Refind

Self Service Storage

Sheehan, Barnett, Dean, Pennington, Little & Dexter P.S.C.

Shell Oil (Ready Mart)

Shoe Sensation

Snowie of Danville

Sonic Drive In

Southern Plate Catering

Southern Roots Hair Salon

Southern States Boyle Coop

Southern States Harrodsburg Branch

Springfield Laundry DBA Rainbow Cleaners

St. Mary’s Catholic


State Farm Insurance, Robert Miller

Stephen W. Buchanan DMD

Stith Funeral Home Danville Inc

Stuart Powell Ford, Inc

Subway Restaurant

Sweets By Cindy

T&T Food Enterprises LLC; Danville Nutrition Center

Tarter Farm & Ranch Equipment

The Color Bar Hair Salon

The Hub Coffee House & Café

The Medicine Shoppe

The Shirt Garage

Thirty One – Dawn Smith

Thoroughbred Car Wash

Tim McCoy Construction Co.

TJ Maxx

Trim Masters Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Trinity Episcopal Church


United Structural Systems


Valvoline Instant Oil Change

VFW Post 3634

Wal-Mart Stores Inc

Wee Kare LLC

Weldquip Inc


Whitaker Bank

Wilderness Trace Vtrnary Clnic

Wilderness Trail Distillery

William Shelby Designs

Wok N Go

Xtreme Style Signs

Younique Consultant – Cheryl Bryant