Seniors at Lawrence's two high schools will have a chance at Project Graduation 2001 to win more than $20,000 in prizes, including a red Honda Civic.
Students from Lawrence High School and Free State High School will cap graduation ceremonies on Sunday, May 27, with a 5 1/2-hour party at The Granada, 1020 Mass.
"This is a good-time, overnight activity that is drug- and alcohol-free," said Linda Reimond, a parent volunteer. Her son, Nick, is graduating from Free State.
This year's theme is "2001: The Odyssey's Begun."
In the past, about three-fourths of Lawrence's high school graduates have taken part in the extravaganza, which provides free food, drink, prizes and entertainment.
The doors open at 10 p.m. May 27, and the first drawing a $500 scholarship from the Journal-World, an events sponsor will be at 11 p.m.
Computers, televisions and VCRs will be given away before the 3:30 a.m. drawing for the Civic donated by Ellena Honda, 2957 Four Wheel Drive.
"You've got to be there to win," Reimond said.
The car was on display Monday at Free State, 4700 Overland Drive. It will be exhibited today at LHS, 1901 La., and Wednesday at Lawrence Alternative High School at Holcom Park.
Students at Project Graduation won't go hungry. They'll be able to wash down 125 pizzas, buckets of nachos and a pile of sandwiches with sports drinks and pop.
"If the food isn't eaten, kids will take it home with them," Reimond said.
Graduation ceremonies are scheduled at 1 p.m. for LHS and 4 p.m. for Free State on May 27 at Kansas University's Memorial Stadium.