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LHS Class of 2019 Commencement

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The LHS graduating class of 2019.

By Shari Harris,


Sunday afternoon was a beautiful day for a graduation. The Class of 2019 and their families and friends gathered in the Sherman Hill Field House for the Commencement Program, which began at 3:00 p.m.
Mr. Roger Payne directed the LHS concert band, beginning the program with “Seniors’ Final Piece-Novena” by James Swearingen. The song the seniors had been hearing in their head for the last week was next, “Pomp and Circumstance” by Sir Edward Elgar. Pairs of seniors strolled down the center aisle to their seats, dressed in black caps and gowns with gold tassels.
The LHS Concert Choir treated all to a performance of “Fly Away Home” by PINKZEBRA, under the direction of Mrs. Briana Link and with the accompaniment of Dianne Carter. The Cat’s Meow followed, singing “For Good” by Stephen Schwartz.

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Guest speaker at the LHS Commencement
was Roy Kinder.
Roy Kinder was the guest speaker for the commencement ceremony, delivering a message about patterns. He noted that many of the patterns you see in the world today are “just good enough” to get by. Kinder pointed out the definition of a pattern is “a form or model for imitation.” He cautioned the seniors to avoid patterning themselves off of other people. Kinder stated he tries to pattern himself after his Creator, Jesus Christ. “You will have to decide who you will pattern yourself after,” he stated. “I just hope you will find the pattern that fits you.”
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The 2019 LHS Salutatorian was Josh Lilly.
 Salutatorian Joshua Lilly invited Senior Lane Wade up to lead the class in prayer. Afterward, Lilly presented the Salutatory Address, ending with his advice to remember to love your Dad and Mom.

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Tyler Chambers was the 2019 LHS Valedictorian.
The Valedictory Address was presented by Tyler Chambers. His message included that no matter the path taken by the seniors after today, “we will always have this moment in common.”
Mrs. Joann Keeney, High School Counselor, announced the scholarships and awards earned by the class. A+ Scholarships were awarded to Curtis Amburn, Justus Barred, Keegan Black, Mikayla Bonnell, Savannah Culley, Reece Derrickson, Mitzi Freeman, Elaina Hadix, Athena Hood, Cainan Hutsell, Katelynn Kinder, Hunter Krewson, Heather Leuthen, Tiana Lewis, MaKayla Lewis, Joshua Lilly, Kaylee Little, Haley Long, Connor Medlock, Lane Mesger, Michael Milhizer, Evan Mitchell, Madeline Moloney, Kasen Monds, Grahm Nicholson, William Seth Overall, McKenna Phillips, Kaden Quick, Carter Rinne, Gregorio Sanchez, Selena Sanchez, Haley Satterfield, Myrissa Sherrell, Dawson Sullins, Sara Taber, Dameun Williams and Katelynn Wilson.
The George Washington Carver Award, given to the top 10% of the class, went to Tyler Chambers, Athena Hood, Joshua Lilly, Michael Milhizer, Madeline Moloney, Carter Rinne and Selena Sanchez. Gina McKinney Scholarships - Mikayla Bonnell, Athena Hood, Joshua Lilly, and Carter Rinne.
Justin Dixon Memorial Scholarships - Savannah Culley, Elizabeth Ellis, and Evan Mitchell. Clinton J. Carr Foundation Scholarship - Reece Derrickson. Lisa Henry Scholarship – Alexis Hadix. Earl Haggard Scholarships - Elaina Hadix and Grahm Nicholson. Eden May Bisker Memorial Scholarship - Athena Hood. Coy L. Rodgers Scholarship - Cainan Hutsell. Grant Lewis Memorial Scholarship – Hunter Krewson. Stephen Maynard Memorial Scholarship - Kaylee Little. Dale Stanley Memorial Athletic Scholarship – Connor Medlock. Murphy Scholar Athlete Award – Michael Milhizer. D. Wyatt Scholarship – Evan Mitchell. Jimmy Gobble Scholarship – Madeline Moloney. Paul Morrison Musical Scholarship – Kasen Monds. Luke Holland Scholarship - Carter Rinne.
FBLA Scholarship - Tyler Chambers. FCCLA CBCO Scholarships - Athena Hood and Katelynn Kinder. Missouri Boys State Leadership Award - Reece Derrickson. Horatio Alger Association-Missouri Scholarship Program Award - Athena Hood.
Licking United Community Help Center Scholarships - Reece Derrickson and Haley Long. Licking Memorial VFW Post 6337 Scholarships - Cainan Hutsell, Hunter Krewson, Madeline Moloney, Haley Satterfield and Katelynn Wilson. Licking Query Club Scholarship - Athena Hood. Landmark Bank Scholarship - Cainan Hutsell. Licking Alumni Scholarships – Katelyn Kinder and Joshua Lilly. Licking Chamber of Commerce Scholarship – Katelyn Kinder. Licking United Methodist Church Men’s Group Scholarship – Hunter Krewson. Town & Country Bank Scholarship – Kaylee Little. TCMH Youth Ambassador Awards – Haley Long and Selena Sanchez. MFA Foundation Scholarship – Kaden Quick. Helping Hands Scholarship – Selena Sanchez. Licking Community Teachers Association Scholarship – Sara Taber.
Missouri State University Scholarships - Reece Derrickson, Katelyn Kinder.
University of Missouri - two scholarships Athena Hood, two scholarships Carter Rinne.
Southwest Baptist University – three scholarships Tiana Lewis, five scholarships Joshua Lilly.
Ozarks Technical Community College – Makayla Lewis, Madeline Moloney.
Truman State University – three scholarships Lane Mesger, three scholarships Michael Milhizer, one scholarship Kasen Monds, three scholarships William Seth Overall.
Missouri State University-West Plains – Haley Satterfield.
Missouri University of Science & Technology – three scholarships Richelle Schwarz.
Lindenwood University – Myrissa Sherrell.
Kansas City Art Institute – Casper Soliz.
University of Central Missouri – Sara Taber.
Superintendent Mrs. Cristina Irwin announced the citizenship awards for the Class of 2019. Athena Hood and Carter Rinne were awarded these honors.
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The celebration begins as confetti floats down onto the graduates.
 Finally, the time everyone had been waiting for-the awarding of diplomas.  High School Principal Mr. Jarad Rinne announced the names of graduating seniors as they crossed the stage to receive their diplomas from Mr. Brad Smith, President of the Board of Education.
After all diplomas were received, confetti filled the air over the seniors as caps were tossed and the seniors celebrated. The members of the Class of 2019 have completed this phase of their lives, and are ready to form their own patterns, and follow their own paths to their future.


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