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Dedication ceremony to showcase revamped high school set for Oct. 16

All that's left of the two-year Sunnyside High School modernization project are the finishing touches.

To celebrate the $36 million project a public dedication ceremony is planned for next Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 5 p.m.

Sunnyside School District spokesman Curtis Campbell said the district has planned next Tuesday's ceremony in lieu of an open house that had originally been scheduled for a couple of weeks ago.

He said the school district thought it would be more fitting to host a dedication ceremony to which several dignitaries could be invited. The district has invited members of the Sunnyside City Council, Washington State Representatives Bruce Chandler and David Taylor and Sen. Jim Honeyford to the ceremony.

Also invited to attend are representatives from ESD 105, according to Campbell.

He said there will be featured speakers, a ribbon cutting ceremony, refreshments, music and tours.

Construction on the high school was scheduled to be substantially completed by Sept. 4, according to Campbell.

"That means it was fully functional by that date," he said, although he noted detail and aesthetic work has been ongoing since Sept. 4.

"We wanted to invite the dignitaries because the project was funded through state and local dollars," Campbell said, stating the two-year project is something to celebrate.

Because a large crowd is expected to attend the event, Sunnyside High School students will provide tours at varying intervals, giving attendees a first-hand look at the new features of the school.

The dedication is free to anyone attending.

"We are just really excited about the project," said Campbell.

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