Grad nights offer fun, safe activities for teens |

Grad nights offer fun, safe activities for teens

Photo courtesy of Tina Skrukrud. Nevada Union students participate in the casino event offered at the grad night ceremony hosted at Club Sierra.

As seniors prepare for their final farewells to high school life, graduation nights will be one of the last opportunities for students to socialize together.

Bear River and Nevada Union will host their all-night ceremonies of fun and activities for seniors to take part in.

Nevada Union will host its grad night at Club Sierra, 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., June 8.

The event will include an obstacle course, laser tag, sumo wrestling, a hypnotist show, a casino room with blackjack and poker, as well as a movie room and foosball and ping pong ball. Different food will be offered every two hours, said Tina Skrukrud, event chair.

The pool and hot tub will also be open, and there will be manicurists and hairdressers and prizes for each student, as well as a grand prize drawing of $500 at the end of the night for students who stay the entire time.

Each student will be given a water bottle and duffle bag to hold their belongings, as no bags will be permitted at the event, and students can check their bags in and out with monitoring parents.

Bear River’s grad night will take place 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., June 7, in the school’s multipurpose room, gyms and school grounds. The event includes a masquerade theme with entertainment, games, a DJ, food and prizes. The cost is $40 ahead of time and $45 at the door.

“It is a safe and sober celebration of the graduate’s achievements, dedication and dreams for the future,” said grad night coordinator Colleen VonLoren.

The event began after a traffic accident in Maine that killed 12 seniors, VonLoren said. “The idea is to have a celebration, drug and alcohol-free, where kids can safely have a great time with their graduating class. It keeps the kids off the streets and away from parties and trouble,” she said.

To volunteer or donate, contact Bear River at 530-268-3700 or chairwoman Brandi Nichols at 916-672-7234.

Nevada Union Grad night has been hosted at Club Sierra for 24 years without a single death, a significant statistic considering that with parties and alcohol, grad night can be a dangerous time.

“The object is to keep students there long enough,” Skrukrud said. “That’s the deadliest night of the year.”

In the years Skrukrud has volunteered for the event, she has seen students come together to enjoy final moments together as a graduating class.

One year a student who had recently undergone knee surgery performed sumo wrestling and splintered her leg but decided to stay at the event, and two students stayed with her the entire time.

“When her mom picked her up, she asked if it was worth it and the girl said she made two best friends who she had never met before,” Skrukrud said. “The kids are very cautious that everyone has a good time. They end up with great memories, and there’s something for everybody.”

The Nevada Union grad night organization is still seeking monetary and prize donations from the community, as well as volunteers. For information, contact Tina Skrukrud at 530-713-2296 or email

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email or call 530-477-4230.

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