East Central High School Students Have Graduation To Remember

East Central High School class of 2006 has a reason to party.

They just graduated.

Most would think by five in the morning though that excitement would have finally worn off.

Not for Ashley Stauter.

"It's like 5 o'clock in the morning, and I'm just not that tired I guess. Maybe I'm just delirious," Stauter says.

And she's not the only one.

"This night, last night, whatever it is. I graduated Tuesday night," Senior Tyler Cook says.

Although the music was pumping, everyone wasn't dancing.

Some people couldn't stay up with the insomniacs; others had more important things to do.

"I have a final exam I have to take. I missed a week of school. I have to make it up to play football," Lance Parker says.

For a lot of these kids, this is the last time they'll ever see each other.

That's why Anesha Fairley is capturing the memories.

"I'm going to USM and I think only two other people from my graduating class are going to USM," Fairley says.

But having that last goodbye isn't the only thing bringing these kids together.

"A camaro," Heather Tagnacy says.

One lucky senior will leave with a sports car.

The race is on.

One by one, each senior is eliminated.

"The girl I wanted to win is already out, Wendy Trushell. She doesn't have a car, so I would have liked her to win," Brandy Johnson says.

"It's just sad. Everybody wants the car," Justin Houston says.

It's now down to just these two.

One will leave with 500-dollars and the other the camaro.

Chana Hamilton can't believe she, out of more than 100 kids, won the car.

"I was like I'm going to get that car, I'm going to get that car. Then, I was like,nuh, I can't get that car, I never get anything. All of a sudden my luck changed and I got it," Hamilton cheers.

While only one person could win the car, they all left with more than they came in with, lots of prizes and memories of their last night together.

"I love y'all, and I'm going to miss y'all," Fairley says.

Here is the car Chana Hamilton won.

The reason it wasn't at Buffalo Wild Wings this morning was because the first car Sun Coast Auto donated was vandalized.

The car dealership was worried this one may be too.