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2021 graduates celebrate their community at Marais des Cygnes Valley High School

The 2021 graduating class of Marais des Cygnes High School, from left, Antonio Cannon, Isabella Toman, Brice Marsh, Donovan Holloway, Mikaela Baker, and Talon Berry. Photo by Jerry Kramer.

A community gathered Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Marais des Cygnes Valley High School to celebrate the achievements of the school’s six graduates of 2021. But it was also a celebration to honor “many people who have helped and cared for us throughout our high school journey,” said MdCV’s 2021 salutatorian Donovan Holloway.

Holloway pointed out the class’ success was due to all of the community – teachers, families, parents, and fellow students. “Thank you for never giving up on us,” he said.

“You pushed us to become better versions of ourselves,” Holloway said to parents in the audience, noting, “There is no way we could have made it alone.”

Holloway also reminded his fellow graduates they were there to celebrate “over a decade of learning, fun, and friendships.”

MdCV 2021 valedictorian Brice Marsh concurred, saying the class was there “saying goodbye to the past 18 years of our lives,” but were also opening a new chapter: “This chapter is called the future.”

Marsh reminisced about the class’ younger years – “we would chase each other around the playground with no worries in the world.” But she also noted how fast the years seemed to pass, especially high school years.

As freshmen, “We established who we are.”

“Four years to fit so much of your life in,” and after many milestones: “Then one day you blink and all of it will be gone,” she said. “You’re walking across the stage at graduation.”

But the next chapter for the graduates is “where we will see new beginnings,” Marsh said. “This is the chapter where we realize that life is so much more …”

MdCV High School Principal Ben Gordon presented and introduced the senior class, with USD 456 Board of Education members presenting diplomas to Mikaela Baker, Talon Berry, Antonio Cannon, Donovan Holloway, Brice Marsh, and Isabella Toman.

Thad Thurston was this year’s senior class sponsor. MdCV High School faculty for the 2020-21 school year included Catie Dannels, Ann Flach, Lillie Guy, Emily McCullough, Mike McDougald, Danny Rice, Sandy Scoggin, Brenda Snyder, Lana Stidham, Mary Sumner, Thad Thurston, Tammy Vanderpool, Lewis Whitson. Joe Sample is USD 456 superintendent. USD 456 Board of Education includes Greg McCurdy, president, Mike Ragan, vice president, Joe Arb, Mark Lacey, Caleb McNally, Scott Rice, and Beth Weimer.

Attendants for the graduation ceremony were Mary Ingle and Cole Lacey; procession leaders were Anjelina Lightfoot and Wyatt Lingenfelter.

2021 MdCV senior plans, scholarships, and awards

  • Mikaela Baker: Lakes Learning Day Program; making plans to study veterinary science at college.
  • Talon Berry: KSHSAA Citizenship Award; plans to enter the workforce.
  • Antonio Cannon: Plans to attend a two-year college and enter the workforce.
  • Donovan Holloway: Plans to enter the workforce.
  • Brice Marsh: Kansas Honor Scholar, Governor’s Scholar, KSHSAA Citizenship Award, Dale M. Dennis Excellence in Education Award, Larry, Carol, and Jessie Thurston Memorial Scholarship, Lawrence Lester McNabb Valedictorian Scholarship, Marais des Cygnes Valley Booster Club Scholarship, Quenemo Alumni Association Scholarship, Quenemo Pride Scholarship, Woodward, Belt, Heilman, Arb American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary Post 317 Scholarship, Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA Chapter Scholarship, Jill Casten Downing Legacy of Leadership Scholarship; plans to attend Washburn University and major in physical therapy.
  • Isabella Toman: National FFA Foundation Built Ford Tough Scholarship, Lichtenauer Family Scholarship, Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA Chapter Scholarship; plans to attend Emporia State University and major in criminal justice.
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