Monday, April 1, 2019

First Hands On Marathon starts this year at Project Graduation

Put your hands up for our first Hand-a-thon! Yes, you heard that right. Community members will be starting a new tradition for Project Graduation this year. If you’re wondering what a hand-a-thon is, it is actually called a Hands On Marathon, but it is where you could win a vehicle by standing for as long as you can with one hand on the vehicle.  The challenge is to out-last everyone else.

“We wanted to give a special someone a new graduation gift and have a safe car to drive in. Hopefully, this new car will benefit that person and keep them in good hands,” said Project Graduation organizer Tammy Smith. 

Our lucky winner will leave with a brand new 2019 Compass Jeep. It came out of the enormous Project Graduation budget. The Jeep is normally worth about 20 to 30 thousand dollars. It is a beautiful granite color and comes with many accessories inside like a 8.4 inch touchscreen with bluetooth, navigation, voice command, and a few others. The sound system is installed with the BeatsAudio™Premium along with nine speakers and a 12-channel amplifier. It even has heated seats and steering wheel. What an amazing giveaway!

Only seniors can take part in this but there are requirements before they can even join. Seniors’ guests cannot partake in this competition. They have to be over 16 and have a legal permit (whether it’s a learners permit or license). Also, they have to be a 2019 graduate of Ripley High. 

There are also rules for the competition. They are not yet released as they are being made out. They will be announced at the start of the marathon.

“I’m really excited about this. I would definitely join and I’d be really happy if I won. It’ll replace my old one and I don’t have to worry about it breaking down anymore,” said senior Caitlin wolfe.

Usually a Hands On Marathon can last from 24 to however many hours people continue to stand. An article from the Wall Street Journal says that one marathon lasted 143 hours. That’s a long time! Do you think you could do it?

Parents and organizers have discussed that if it was to last longer than Project Graduation, they would have people to keep watch and wait till the last person standing wins. Seniors, grab some water bottles and comfy tennis shoes. We’ll see how this one ends!

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