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Keeping pranks away from graduation ceremonies

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High school seniors are ready to take the next step and enjoy their first summer as a free student.

Sometimes the excitement built up over 12 years of schooling can make students do some silly things.  But what may be funny to one student may not be funny to a teacher or student.

"It's their graduation," says Principal Darren Cook.  "I try to instill in them that 'it's your graduation, not yours only, but all 275 people sitting beside you, so remember what you do, your actions represent them as well.'"

At Neosho High School students are days away from receiving that coveted diploma and the thoughts of those final moments in the building can make students a little rowdy.

"I think kids get too excited and just go out and drink, and bad things happen," says student Abby Moser.

In recent years the school came up with a plan against pranksters at graduation.

"My predecessor would sit down and talk with the kids about rules, about how they would check them for beach balls, and things like that before they walked in and underneath their robes," says Darren Cook.  "He would have them open up their robes to make sure they didn't have any contrabands as we called it."

Outdoor stadiums like the Bob Anderson Stadium in Neosho can seat hundreds more people compared to an indoor graduation ceremony, which is something Cook says can be a factor when it comes to catching a prankster.  But if the weather holds up like it's supposed to they might not have that problem this year.

"We haven't really done any pranks," says student Andy Lett.  "I think we're probably the goody-two-shoes class of Neosho High School."

Cook says faculty presence on stage during the ceremony will prevent pranks from happening or getting out of control.

The 275 Neosho graduates will cross the stage on Friday at 7:30 in the school auditorium.

Cook says he believes students will behave like adults, and expects no problems at this years ceremony.

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