The annual safe and sober Grad Night World Tour 2006, slated for June 9, will feature famous places from around the world like the Taj Mahal, Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower, and include a variety of ethnic foods, including Mexican, Chinese, Italian, French, Hawaiian and American dishes.
Event Chair Mary Salas said that buying tickets early "has the advantage for them (Class of 2006) of saving $10 and allows us to better plan for the correct number of attendees."
Seniors will travel to places like Monte Carlo, where students can play blackjack, poker and roulette for chips. There will be sumo wrestling, where students dress up in padded suits and wrestle, a caricature artist, lip sync and both temporary rub-on and henna tattoos. This year's entertainment anchor is a hypnotist.
"Each graduate will win at least one prize," Salas said. "Prizes range from beach towels, movie tickets and portable EVD players to George-Foreman-style grills and a computer."
Salas said to enhance the evening, graduates will each receive a disposable camera to record their around-the-world adventures, including a walk on the not-so-far-away Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk.
There also will be an area with a Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) photo-op to represent Mexico.
"A photo-op is an area with a painted wooden cutout that reflects the theme, designed for taking pictures," Salas explained. "There will also be staff members and parents dressed up in ethnic costumes walking around for pictures. There are more photo ops, with a gondola and the Eiffel Tower. At least one of these areas will have a photographer."
Salas said that the grad night committee wants to provide a safe place for the students to celebrate together as a class.