Ready or not, ‘it’s true life’ for 2017 Santa Fe Trail High School graduates

Family and friends gathered to wish well for the 2017 graduating class of Santa Fe Trail High School. Photo by Brad Shaffer and allsportsdigital.com.

Santa Fe Trail High School valedictorian Nash Muckey told his 61 fellow graduates that though they’d been encouraged to plan for the future all through their high school career, they’d better be ready for it.

“Well, here it is,” Muckey said during the Saturday, May 13, 2017, graduation ceremony at Santa Fe Trail High School. “This is the end of planning phase for most of us. It’s time to head off into one of the greatest character defining times in a young student’s life, whether you’re headed to a tech school, a big college, a small college, out of state, the military, or any other pathway.”

He said the faculty had given them guidance and their teaching had provided tools to shape the graduates’ future.

“The truth of it is this next step is a great one … It’s true life for the first time in most of our lives and it really helps define us,” Muckey said. “The ability to choose, and to learn who you are is an invaluable gift presented to us after typical schooling, and one that will continue to mold us throughout our lives. And as we make our way into the future we must not forget those chosen few who gave us the tools to choose wisely.”

Noting the finality of graduation, Santa Fe Trail High School salutatorian Grace Herren described the class’ high school experiences as an enjoyable, but sometimes wild journey.

“High school is a roller coaster,” Herren said. “You wait forever to get there, and try your hardest to get to the front. There are twists and turns, high highs and low lows. It takes your breath away, makes you throw your hands up and scream and is best when you are with a friend. And then it is over. Just like that.”

“This ride has been great, but as it comes to an end never forget to be thankful for your past because it has prepared you for the future that is to come,” Herren said. “So join me in the next sprint, to our next ride and always remember – hands up.”

SFTHS administrative assistant Keith Johnson presented the SFTHS Class of 2017 for recognition by USD 434 Board of Education President Randy Boudeman. SFTHS Principal Patrick Graham announced the graduates as USD 434 Board of Education members presented diplomas.

Receiving diplomas as 2017 graduates of Santa Fe Trail High School were: Taylor Mechelk Ball, Taylin Lorraine Berckefeldt, Jaden Michael Noah Bone, Hanna Kayleen Burlew, Jesse David Busby, Connor Lee Caskey, Marcel Angel Creswell, Druanna Isabell Crouch, Alyssia Elaine Davis, Christian Ryan Davis, Joshua Roy Elley, Bryce Conner Erickson, MacKmzie Brianne Foster, Cheyenne May Gassman, Christina Michelle German, Gage Wellington Greenfield, Jordon Daniel Guyle, Trevor Dean Hall, Dakota Lee Hargett , Jacob Micheal Hastings, Jodi Elizabeth Hastings, Grace Olivia Herren, Savannah LeAnn Hinck, Jo Anna Paige Hoff, Kristopher Charles Howard, Ian Blaize Zavier Jamison, Erick D’orr Kelley, Dacoda Allen Kincaid, Noah Patrick Ostrander Knight, Brooke Nichol Kuermaier, Venessa Dyle Kunkel, Spencer Allen Lane, Madeline Grace Logsdon, Derrick Todd Martinek, Jordan Thomas Massey, T.J. Masters, Jeremy Adam Mayfield, Raynor Walker McClendon, Takoda David McClendon, Trenton Jacob Moore, Andrew Nash Muckey, Apryl Nicole Mulford, Joshua John Musick, DyIan Michael Myrick, Peyton Lee Newton, Kiara Jewel Padilla, Messina Anne Pagan, Dominic Christian Schrempp, Michaella Monae Seastrom, Alec Elijah Shook, Kelsey SueAnn Silver, Justice Nicole Simons, Alyx Makenna Smith, Scott Austin Spoonemore, Bailey Anne Rose Springer, Dakota James Thorne Thompson, Jordan Christian Tinch, Ian Matheau Trego, Shane Michael West, Mary Elizabeth Willige, Sonya Louise Winsler, and Matthew Ray Wurm.

The SFTHS senior class was sponsored by Connie Lindell and Heather Garrison.

Graduating seniors were recognized for receiving the following awards, scholarships and honors.

  • SFT Educational Association Scholarship: Bryce Erickson
  • Student Council Scholarships: Jacob Hastings, Grace Herren, Alyx Smith, Bryce Erickson, Michaella Seastrom, Hanna Burlew, Derrick Martinek
  • Sons of American Legion Scholarship: Alyx Smith
  • Alfred D. HerIan Golf Scholarships: Grace Herren, Ian Jamison
  • Betty Lee Memorial Scholarships: Jordan Massey, Taylor Ball
  • National Honor Society Scholarship: Grace Herren
  • Lynch Memorial Scholarships: Bryce Erickson, Grace Herren
  • Overbrook Fidelis Club Scholarship: Bryce Erickson
  • Scranton Lions Club Scholarship: Jacob Hastings, Ian Jamison
  • First Security Bank of Overbrook: Grace Herren
  • Overbrook Masonic Lodge Band Scholarship: Alyx Smith
  • Dr. James L. Ruble Jr.-Kansas State Bank Scholarships: Ian Jamison, Michaella Seastrom
  • Community Blood Center: Jo Anna Paige Hog

SFT Foundation Scholarships

  • Morris and Flossie Krouse-Waller-American Legion Scholarships: Bryce Erickson, Kiara Padilla
  • Dean Tucker Family Scholarships: Jacob Hastings, Grace Herren
  • Sarah (King) Graham Memorial Scholarship: Gage Greenfield
  • Leslie Wurdeman Riner Memorial Scholarship: Alyx Smith
  • Overbook Family Dentistry Scholarship: Ian Jamison
  • The Santa Fe Trail Band Booster Scholarship: Alyx Smith
  • Overbrook Rotary Outstanding Boy and Girl nominees: Bryce Erickson, Jacob Hastings, Ian Trego, Kiara Padilla, Alyx Smith, Grace Herren
  • SkillsUSA Member: Noah Knight
  • State of Kansas Scholars: Grace Herren, Andrew Muckey, MacKinzie Foster
  • Seniors completing over 80 community service hours: Trent Moore, 2,527; Hanna Burlexo, 157; MacKinzie Foster, 90; Jo Anna Paige Hoff, 85.

Photo by Brad Shaffer and allsportsdigital.com.


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