County schools, college prepare for commencements


More than 150 students from six high schools in the Marion County area will graduate in May. In addition, Tabor College has 127 candidates for degrees from the Hillsboro and Wichita campuses.

Commencement speakers, dates, times and other information regarding graduation was provided by school counselors.

Alumna guest speaker

Commencement exercises at Tabor College begin at 10 a.m. Saturday,?May 19, in the Joel Wiens Stadium, with Tabor alumna Marlene Wall delivering the address. (See details about Wall on page 9A)

In case of inclement weather the event will be held at the Tabor College gymnasium, said Beth Riffel, director of communications.

Mayor to speak at HHS

Hillsboro Mayor Delores Dalke and USD 408 Superin­ten­dent Steve Noble will talk briefly during Hillsboro High School graduation ceremonies at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19 in the Robert C. Brown gymnasium.

Clint Seibel, executive director of Hillsboro Development Corp., will also be presenting a key to the city of Hillsboro, Donna Dalke, HHS secretary, said.

As part of its tradition, HHS will announce the valedictorian and salutatorian during the ceremony and each will speak to their class members.

Hillsboro is expected to graduate 41 students.

Three valedictorians

Marion High School’s graduation ceremony is at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 13, in the high school gymnasium with 39 students expected to walk across the stage.

Pat Ash, MHS secretary, said this year three valedictorians will give the commencement address.

They are Taylor Harms, Beth Nesser and Annie Whitaker.

Harms plans to attend Kansas State University, majoring in ag communications. Nesser is focusing on a secondary math education from Tabor College, and Whitaker is pursuing a physical therapy degree from the University of Kansas.

The salutatorian is Jessie Taylor, who plans to major in visual arts at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Retired teacher returns

The Canton-Galva High School Class of 2012 is having its commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in the high school gymnasium.

Jessica Bowman, librarian, journalism adviser and National Honor Society adviser, said this year’s guest speaker is Jeanne Decker, who is a retired teacher from Canton-Galva.

“She was some of the seniors’ fourth grade teacher,” Bowman said.

The valedictorian and salutatorian candidates are Nick Vogts and Alyson Bressie respectively.

This year 25 seniors are expected to receive diplomas.

GHS teacher returns

Justin Coup is the 2012 Goessel High School graduation speaker at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 12.

According to Debbie Schrag at USD 411, Coup is a former teacher at Goessel.

“He taught business, was the athletic director and coached football, baseball and golf,” she said. “He is currently the principal and AD at Baileyville High School.”

With 18 students graduating, three are sharing valedictorian honors. They are D’Ambra Kruger, Braden Unruh and Nicole Bartel.

Peabody to graduate 18

Commencement at Peabody-Burns High School is at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in the high school gymnasium.

For more information about graduation, call Hillsboro High School at 620-947-3991; Marion High School, 620-382-2168; Peabody-Burns High School, 620-983-3196; Canton-Galva High School, 620-628-4401; Goessel High School, 620-367-2242 or Tabor College, 620-947-3121.


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