2009-05-30 / Top News

Students, Families Celebrate Graduation Together

The cake for the graduation party Saturday, May 23, was created by Annie Lockwood of Annie's Cakes on Mackinac Island and was designed to look like the board game "Life." On the cake were actual pieces from the board game, including the spinner, buildings, and cars. The cake was actually two separate cakes connected by game pieces. The stops along the path described situations the graduates might have encountered during life on Mackinac Island, but with exaggerated prices. One such encounter is, "Snowmachine Repair, pay Big Gary $24,000." The cake for the graduation party Saturday, May 23, was created by Annie Lockwood of Annie's Cakes on Mackinac Island and was designed to look like the board game "Life." On the cake were actual pieces from the board game, including the spinner, buildings, and cars. The cake was actually two separate cakes connected by game pieces. The stops along the path described situations the graduates might have encountered during life on Mackinac Island, but with exaggerated prices. One such encounter is, "Snowmachine Repair, pay Big Gary $24,000." Mackinac Island's 10 members of the Class of 2009 hosted one party to celebrate their graduation Saturday, May 23, at Community Hall. The graduates this year are Darcy Brodeur-Bunker, Robert Chambers, Fuller Cowell, Michael Gamble, Arial Leeper, Tyler McLean, Shay Mosley, Michi Mullings, Levi Porter, and Danielle Wightman.

The party started at 5 p.m. and people arrived in droves, forming a long line for food. Tables in the hall were full of people eating and visiting. The graduates mingled among the guests, while their mothers rushed around keeping the food stocked.

Tables at the end of the hall displayed a collection of the students' photographs and awards. Friends and family perused the photo albums and and dropped off cards and gifts. At the end of the table sat the cake, designed to look like the board game "Life." The cake was designed by Annie Lockwood of Annie's Cakes on Mackinac Island.

At the end of the party, after clean up, the mothers agreed the party was a success.

"We as parents have done this for years for the kids," said Jodi Chambers, the mother of graduate Robert Chambers. "We've organized fundraisers and other things. It's fun to do this last gettogether."

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