On May 28 the Tucumcari High School class of 2004 will hold its graduation ceremony and afterwards, nearly fifty seniors will attend an all-night party at the Elks Lodge on South First Street.
The party will run from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. and the Elks Lodge will serve the seniors a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, orange juice, biscuits and gravy. Parents can rest assured that the orange juice will not be spiked as the Elks lodge will not tolerate any alcohol at the all-nighter. Martin Encinias-Angel, treasurer of the Elks Lodge, said the seniors know what to expect. “The bar will be closed. The kids know in advance that no alcohol or trouble will be tolerated,’ said Encinias-Angel. “They will have fun. We haven’t encountered anything troublesome in the past.”
The lodge’s heated swimming pool will be open until 4 a.m. and the students will also be watching movies outside according to Joann Denton, a parent and facilitator of the event.
“We will be projecting movies onto a sheet, so it will be kind of like a drive-in movie,” said Denton. “We will also have a deejay, casino games and a large inflatable maze for laser tag.” Each senior is allowed to bring a guest and the students will have the chance to win a variety of prizes donated from area businesses. Denton said there will also be a dash for cash. “Each student will enter a darkened room with a strobe light flashing and have thirty seconds to grab all the dollar bills he or she can.”
Denton said the Elks Lodge party is quite popular with students even with some parents on hand monitoring the proceedings.
“From what I’ve heard, all the seniors are very excited about this year’s party,” said Denton. The party has gotten better year after year, and this will be the best year yet.”
In addition to the big breakfast, a variety of food will be provided by parents as part of the party’s luau theme.