Marais des Cygnes Valley High School graduates ’embrace the uncertainty’

Marais des Cygnes Valley High School Class of 2015. Photo by Kramer Photos.

It was a bittersweet moment, “but it marks the beginning of our own journey,” valedictorian Samantha Volkman told her 22 fellow Marais des Cygnes Valley High School graduates at last Sunday’s commencement ceremony. Salutatorian Julie Heslop encouraged classmates to “find what makes you happy, and do it” as they embark on their journeys.

“Embrace the uncertainty,” Heslop said. “Allow it to lead you places.”

With the presentation of the class by MdCV Principal Thad Thurston, USD 456 board members Mark Goodrich, Greg McCurdy and Jamie Sowers handed diplomas to the 2015 graduating class of Marais des Cygnes Valley High School.

Earning diplomas were: William Robert Baker, Cameron Francis Bialek, Alexander Brandon Bowers, Rebecca Lynn Brannan, Brianna Renae Detwiler, Alice Marie Freeman, Zavery Dylan Goodrich, Julie Anne Heslop, Dustin Chase Jackson, Camille Sue Massey, Electra Ilene Massey, Cassandra Denese McCurdy, Jessica Alyse Meade, Jamie Lynn Penland, Jodi Marie Alene Rager, Mitchell Harris Saffle, Brook LeAnn Schuyler, Alexandra Carol Sluder, Alexis Jade Smith, Angelica Yvette Sneath, Jonathan Wayne Sonsteng, Joshua Keith Sowers, Samantha Jo Volkman.

Awards and scholarship recipients were recognized as follows:

Citizenship Award……………………………………………………….. Heslop, Saffle
Dale Dennis Education Award………………………………………. Saffle
Governor’s Scholar………………………………………………………. Heslop
Community Service Award…………………………………………… Brannan, Detwiler
Carol and Jessie Thurston Memorial……………………………….. Brannan
Barb Kellum Scholarship………………………………………………. Detwiler
MdCV Booster Club……………………………………………………. Goodrich, Heslop, Saffle
Woodward, Belt Heilmann, Arb, American Legion and Auxiliary Scholarship
………………………………………………………………………………….. Volkman
Hometown Agriculture Scholarship……………………………….. Heslop
MdCV FFA Scholarship……………………………………………….. Heslop, Saffle, Sluder, Volkman
Don Lichtenauer Family Scholarship………………………………. Sluder
Quenemo Pride……………………………………………………………. Detwiler
Wendell Allison Memorial…………………………………………….. Goodrich, Heslop
William Lucas Memorial……………………………………………….. Heslop, Saffle
Melvern Marais des Cygnes Alumni Association……………… Brannan, Detwiler, Goodrich, Heslop, Saffle, Volkman
Lala Beth Weis Memorial……………………………………………… Saffle
Quenemo Alumni Association……………………………………….. Brannan, Detwiler, Saffle
R.E. French Family Educational Foundation…………………… Saffle, Volkman
Garard Family Scholarship……………………………………………. Volkman
Ag Choice…………………………………………………………………… Saffle
Class of 1983 Chris Sluder Memorial……………………………… Heslop, Saffle


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