Osage City High School commences with 34 graduating in class of 2018

Standing shoulder to shoulder, the OCHS class of 2018 gathers together one last time. Photo by Tony Heward.

In one of the never ending cycles of life, graduation season wound down in Osage County with the commencement ceremony for the Osage City High School class of 2018 on Sunday, May 20.

This year’s class of 34 graduates recognized two of their fellow classmates as honor students, Weston Littrell and Georgia Hutton, who encouraged them to overcome obstacles and live their dreams.

Hutton told the class that she wasn’t going to dwell on their memories in her speech, or the future.

“There’s been good times, bad times, and even really super weird times, but I’m not going to do that today,” Hutton said. She noted she had spent much time worrying about her future.

“As time went by and I evolved from one thing to the next, I soon came to realize that I was putting in so much time thinking about the future,” she said. “I was forgetting to just relax and live in the now.”

She urged her classmates to not forget their roots, but to live for their dreams.

“So what I’m trying to say, is that even though the stress of the scary impending doom we have thinking about how our life is going to go, we can’t forget to be who we are in the process,” she said. “In this world, we have so many opportunities, so whatever dream you have, either big or little, follow it. Nothing is stopping you from accomplishing your dreams, except your own mind.”

Hutton ended her speech by sharing one of her dreams, reciting a verse she had written specially for graduation.

Littrell pointed out, “It’s been a long road to get to this point, and yet the drive sure went by fast.

“Now, here we are, at the end of our school careers, about to begin the next journey of our lives and enter into the real world – Lord help us all,” he said.

He noted the class had already faced a lot of adversity.

“It’s no secret that our class loves sports, and there are many lessons on adversity that can be taught from them,” he said, comparing different sports to life’s struggles.

“Sometimes, life is like the game of football. It’s rough, yet fun, and you learn to tough it out by playing it.

“Life is like running a race. It’s not always a sprint or a long-distance race, but a lot of times it’s a mix of both. You have to know when to sprint and when to slow down to save your energy …  just get to that point and then I’m done suffering.

“Life is like baseball. It’s all about being patient and knowing what to do at all times. You always have to have a plan for every situation, and you need to be ready for action at any moment.

He challenged his classmates to work through adversity to find their success.

“No matter how many times you make a mistake or strikeout, you immediately put it in the back of your mind and get ready for the next play or step back up to the plate,” Littrell said. “There will always be hardships in your way, but the important thing is to forget about mistakes and never be afraid to step up to the plate. Always remember to keep an eye on the finish line, and if you ever get knocked down, get right back up again and get ready for the next play.”

Osage City High School Principal Tony Heward presented the class for graduation, and USD 420 Board of Education members Jay Bailey and Todd Peterson presented diplomas. Graduating as the OCHS class of 2018 were Whitney Dawn Camell, Jarrett Alan Combes, Ean Kyle Couch, Justin Scott Davis Jr., Timberly Kay Dunham, Cherokee Alexis Rose Everhart, Cole Eddward Fillmore, Cameron Allen Grass, McKenna Rose, Kacey Lee Hill, Faith Nicole Holmberg, Jordan Kay Hon, Jonathon Tomarcus Hutcheson, Georgia Shae Hutton, Cassandra Hope Jenkins, Brianna Elise Jones, Tucker John Kimball, Aiden Hongxuan Liang, Weston Cole Littrell, Faith Elizabeth Long, Robert Arlen McDaniel, Brayden Lee McDowell, Jordan Christine Middleton, Courtney Mae Mitchell, Rider Tristen Todd Nettleton, Peyton James Pearson, Molly Michelle Plinsky, Zoe Alexis Schmitendorf, Dalton Reid Shaffer, Jasmine Michelle Stevens, Brayton Scott Stromgren, Carter Alan Swindale, Emma-Lee Elane Taylor, Tyson Dean Wilkins.

USD 420 Board of Education members include Jay Bailey, Todd Peterson, PJ Heptinstall, Mike Pitts, Corey Linton, David Williams, and Sarah Peterson. USD 420 superintendent is Troy Hutton.

Class Motto: “To be old and wise you must first be young and dumb.” – Author unknown

Class awards, scholarships and honors

  • American Legion Scholarship and School Awards – Molly Plinsky, Tyson Wilkins
  • American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship – Jordan Hon, $250
  • Osage City High School Alumni Association Scholarship – Carter Swindale, $500, Jordan Hon, $500
  • Daphne Davies Memorial Scholarship – Rider Nettleton, $300
  • FCA Scholarship – Weston Littrell, Tyson Wilkins, $200
  • Kay Haskins Memorial Scholarship – Molly Plinsky, $300
  • Conrad Carlson Memorial Scholarship – Dalton Shaffer, $250, Justin Davis, $250
  • Chapter IQ P.E.O. Scholarship – Jordan Hon
  • Sorosis Club Scholarship – Georgia Hutton
  • Kiwanis Club Scholarship and Academic Awards
  • Ken Kern Memorial – Georgia Hutton, $500
  • Richard (Dick) Allison Memorial – Tyson Wilkins, $500
  • Kiwanis – Molly Plinsky, $500
  • Booster Club Scholarship – Georgia Hutton, Tyson Wilkins, $200 each
  • Lion’s Club Scholarship – Cassie Jenkins, $500, Dalton Shaffer, $500
  • Chamber of Commerce Scholarship – Georgia Hutton, $250, Carter Swindale, $250
  •  Spanish Club Scholarship- Georgia Hutton, Tyson Wilkins, $100 each
  • M.H. Bill Simmons Foods Scholarship – Tucker Kimball, $1,800
  • Emporia State University Scholarships – Jordan Hon, Molly Plinsky and Carter Swindale
  • R.E. French Family Educational Foundation Scholarship – Jordan Hon, $1,000
  • Kansas Board of Regents Awards – Georgia Hutton, Jordan Hon, Weston Littrell, Carter Swindale, Tyson Wilkins
  • Gamble Scholarship – Dalton Shaffer, $500
  • Community Service Awards

Jarrett Combes, 148 hours
Kacey Hill, 288 hours
Faith Holmberg, 144 hours
Dalton Shaffer, 66.5 hours
Jasmine Stevens, 149.5 hours
Brayton Stromgren, 441 hours
Tyson Wilkins, 123 hours

  • Dale Dennis Award – Weston Littrell
  • Honor student recognition certificates – Summa Cum Laude (GPA of 4.0) Weston Littrell; Magna Cum Laude (GPA of 3.90 3.99) Georgia Hutton, Carter Swindale, Tyson Wilkins
  • American Legion Award winners – Georgia Hutton, Weston Littrell; honorable mentions, Tyson Wilkins, Brianna Jones
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