May 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Several Denison High School seniors will graduate on Sunday as planned, despite being ticketed Tuesday night for allegedly consuming alcohol at a farm in rural Crawford County. The Sheriff’s Department said Friday deputies cited 33 people on suspicion of being Minors in Possession of Alcohol. In all, about 40 people, including some adults attended the party, following the last day of classes for the graduating Seniors. Sheriff James Steinkuehler says his office received an anonymous call late Tuesday night, about an underage party at a farm northwest of Denison.

Denison Community Schools Superintendent Mike Pardun said a number of those ticketed were graduating seniors, but would not say how many. Not all those who were ticketed were seniors. Pardun said since the party “Has nothing to do with their diplomas,” the seniors will be allowed to graduate, but those students who are still in school and participating in extracurricular activities could face sanctions, the punishment for which would vary, depending on what activities a student is involved in and if they have been cited before.

For those not involved in extracurricular activities, Pardun said, it was mostly an issue between the student and the legal system. Sheriff Steinkuehler said authorities are still looking at, among other things, which adults may have facilitated the party.

Graduation in Denison is scheduled for Sunday, at the high school gymnasium.