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Coffee students get second chance on senior trip

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May 17, 2008

Valdosta -- It was all smiles for these Coffee County High School seniors. But it was a different story three weeks ago when they found out they were scammed out of their trip to Disney.

"We trusted her, but she took our money," said Ana Banda. Most of these students have put the experience behind them.

"It kind of shocked me and I was a little bit disappointed, but I am over that now. I have moved on to positive things," said Zach Ford.

"I was upset, but we are not thinking about it any more. It's in the past now. I don't hold hatred in my heart. So I forgave her because everybody makes mistakes," said Janeka Dukes.

Though they did learn from the expereince. "These days you can't really trust anybody. So I would tell the next person who is going next year be careful who you give your money to," said Dukes.

But they also got a lesson about life's ups and downs in the process. "Everybody is not evil. There are good people who are willing to help when tragedy comes," said Dukes.

"We are having a better time without her with all of this than we would have with her," said Ford.

"The entire experience is terrible. We are in the business of creating positive memories. And so we wanted to do something nice for the kids," said Wild Adventures Vice President of Marketing, Jimmy Holmes.

And now these seniors will leave Coffee County high school knowing that though there are people who will take what they can get; there are others who will be there to help you recover.

Those Coffee County High school seniors also got to enjoy last weekend in Orlando because Disney World also gave them a free trip when they heard about their situation.

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