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Overbrook Osage County Fair, Aug. 7-10, 2019, exhibition results

The Overbrook Osage County Fair Board has released the results of 4-H and open class exhibitions at the fair that was held Aug. 7-10, 2019, at Overbrook, Kan. Results are as follows. See abbreviation key for clubs and ribbons below.

Chamber hosts Culpepper & Merriweather Circus at Osage City

An Osage City crowd was wowed by the circus acts under the big top at the early show.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce sponsored the Culpepper & Merriweather Big Top Circus this past Saturday afternoon, Sept. 7, 2019, at Jones Park in Osage City. There were approximately 700 adult, children and senior tickets sold for the 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. shows.

The Chamber was represented by Jim Lohmeyer, Chamber member, who served as the guest ringmaster for the early show.

The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus specializes in animal acts of all types including horses, dogs, tigers and this year featuring Francis – The Comedy Lion, as well as first class acts of all kinds.

The show ran 90 minutes of good clean wholesome fun for everyone from 2 to 92 years old. The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus is one of the few circuses still performing under a huge tent. The circus master also invited the public to come out and watch the tent raising in the morning. 

Livestock show results, Osage County Fair, July 10-13, 2019, Osage City, Kan.

Exhibitors in the beef show line up to enter the show ring. Photo by Toby and Lisa Crettol.

The Osage County Fair Association has released the following results of judging of livestock exhibits at the Osage County Fair, held July 10-13, 2019, at Osage City, Kan.

Hidden History: No memorial for Civil War medic, Burlingame schoolchildren’s caretaker

An undated postcard view of Lincoln School, Burlingame, Kan. From the collection of Gary Lowman.

Christopher Columbus Ragin, or “Crit” as his friends called him, was born into slavery around 1855, near Atlanta, Georgia. His mother died when he was about four years old, his father was not even a memory to him.

In the summer of 1864, Union forces were converging on Atlanta to seize the city. After the battle of Atlanta in July of that year, Crit and nearly 18,000 other slaves left the local plantations and were conscripted into the armed services as contrabands (former slaves freed by Union troops).

A nine-year-old Crit was picked up by the 27th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI), a part of the 17th Army Corps, and given duties around headquarters. He was given a uniform, and quickly proved himself to be a valuable asset. Crit stated that he was eventually earning as much as the regular Army.

His duties to the company included being an assistant to Dr. John L. Chapel, assistant surgeon for the 27th OVI. Dr. Chapel had started studying medicine at the age of 15, and had gained a degree in medicine prior to the war. Dr. Chapel and Crit’s retrieval of the wounded at the front lines of the war was at times a dangerous occupation, and Crit would exclaim, “I won’t get killed if you don’t!”

After the war, the bond of friendship caused Dr. Chapel and Crit to remain close, and the doctor took Crit into his home in Ohio. When Dr. Chapel married and moved to another state, Crit stayed behind, and found a home with Wellington “W.D.” Canfield.

In 1873, Canfield chose to move with his family to Burlingame, Kansas, and convinced Crit to come with him.

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officer team holds retreat in Missouri

Danny Rice, advisor, Koby Vanderpool, treasurer, Tristen Duncan, student advisor, Kaelin Criqui, secretary, Frank Warner, vice president, Sadie McGowin, reporter, Braden Reed, student council, and Wyatt Lingenfelter, sentinel, get ready to leave for MdCV FFA’s annual officer retreat. Courtesy photo.

This year the 2019-2020 Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officer team took a retreat out of state July 29-31, 2019, venturing to Bennett Springs, Mo. The team included Braden Reed, Frank Warner, Tristen Duncan, Kaelin Criqui, Koby Vanderpool, Wyatt Lingenfelter, and Sadie McGowin.

On their way to Missouri the team made a few pit stops. Stop one was at Epler Farms, where the team learned about how to run a crop operation, its modern equipment and also the new technology in the production agriculture field.

Stop two was at Hiland Dairy Foods Company, in Springfield, Mo. Officers learned more of the dairy processing side of agriculture. Thousands of gallons of fluid milk and gallons of ice cream are processed at this facility, as well as Red Diamond Tea.

After arriving in Bennett Springs, the team spent the next three days bonding, enhancing their leadership skills, and planning activities for the next school year. Some time was spent fishing, cruising around enjoying the scenery, and playing a game of ultimate football.

The team is very excited for the new activities they have planned but also improving previous ones. A few activities planned are the organizational luau, Ag Awareness Day, and possibly a cornhole tournament.

Chip seal work begins Aug. 15 on Osage County highways

Highway construction underway. KDOT photo.

Chip seal work on three highways in Osage County will begin on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, weather permitting, the Kansas Department of Transportation has announced.

Work will start on a one-mile stretch of state Highway 276 from Olivet to the ramps on U.S. Highway 75, and on a stretch of state Highway 278 from U.S. 75 west three miles. Then work will take place on U.S. 75 from just south of K-278 and extend north five miles to the state Highway 68 junction.

Traffic will be controlled by a pilot car operation on each of these project areas as work progresses. Motorists should expect delays of up to 15 minutes and add extra time to their travel schedules.

The work on the three highways is expected to be completed by Wednesday, Aug. 21, weather permitting.

KDOT asks all motorists to use extra caution in the work zone areas.

Blast back to the past at Going Retro vintage car and camper show

“Lil Dot,” a vintage Scotty camper owned by Dave and Julie McBee, was named the best renovated at the 2018 Going Retro show. Photo thanks to Friends of Pomona State Park.

Coming this weekend, it’ll be a blast from the past at Pomona State Park during the sixth annual Going Retro Car, Motorcycle and Vintage Trailer Show. The annual show, which is free except for the cost a park permit, features vintage campers, recreational vehicles, and all types of motorized vehicles.

The show gets underway 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, with 55 campers already signed up for exhibit. In addition, the car show attracted about 125 exhibitors last year, and a good weather forecast for Saturday is expected to bring out a fleet of classics. Motorcycles were added to the show this year. Visitors can walk around and inside of many of the travel trailers to see how campers in yesteryear “roughed it” in the great outdoors. Spectators can cast their ballot for favorites in each category, cars, motorcycles and campers.

The show is a family-friendly event in the great outdoors. Visitors are invited to dress in their favorite vintage outfits for the car and camper show, and the 7 p.m. sock hop.

The event is on the east side of Pomona State Park at the Osage, Four Winds and Cedar Winds campgrounds. Signs will guide to all activities. Food vendors and concessions will be on site. The state park charges a $5 vehicle fee for a day permit, $3.75 for seniors, for those who don’t have a vehicle permit.

The show is hosted by Friends of Pomona State Park, which uses the funds from the show and concessions to make improvements in the park.

Free workshops help parents, caregivers understand effects of childhood trauma

Practically everyone has experienced ACES whether they realize it or not. Adverse childhood experiences are serious childhood traumas that result in toxic stress that can harm a child’s brain. This toxic stress may prevent a child from learning or playing in a healthy way with other children, and can result in long-term mental and physical health problems into adulthood. ACEs can result in problems in school, increased difficulty making friends or maintaining relationships, and can result in risky behaviors like drug use, aggression, or suicide attempts.

Drug Free Osage County and Greenbush Educational Service Center are partnering to help Osage County learn more about ACES at workshops around the area next week.

The workshops will cover basic understanding of ACEs and how they can relate to overall emotional and physical health. Also discussed will be how to respond to the challenge by becoming sensitive to trauma and focusing on building resilience and helping relationships in our communities.

ACEs can include emotional, physical, or sexual abuse; physical or emotional neglect; or exposure to household dysfunction. Possible health risk outcomes into adulthood include drug use such as alcoholism or smoking, diabetes, depression, heart disease, cancer, COPD, stroke and obesity.

Attendees will also learn how resilience can help reverse the effect of ACEs. Resilience is the ability to return to being healthy and hopeful after bad things happen. Parents, teachers, and other caregivers can help by understanding ACEs, helping children identify feelings and manage their emotions, and by creating safe physical and emotional environments at home, in school, and in neighborhoods.

All interested people are invited to the free ACES workshops. Here is the schedule for workshops around Osage County:

  • 1-4 p.m. Aug. 12, 2019, Lyndon High School, 421 E. 6th St., Lyndon
  • 1-4 p.m. Aug. 13, 2019, Marais des Cygnes Valley High School, 508 S. Main St., Melvern
  • 1-4 p.m. Aug. 14, 2019, Burlingame High School, 417 N. Dacotah St., Burlingame
  • 1-4 p.m. Aug. 14, 2019, Osage City High School, 515 Ellinwood St., Osage City
  • 1-4 p.m. Aug. 19, 2019, Santa Fe Trail High School, 15701 S. California Rd., Carbondale.

2019 Overbrook fair opens under cloudy skies

Overbrook fairgrounds, file photo.

The Overbrook Osage County Fair opened today, Aug. 7, 2019, amid stormy weather and rainy forecast for the four-day fair. Despite the weather, Osage County’s third and final fair of the season promises fun for the whole family, including nightly entertainment, a carnival, and livestock and other exhibits.

Thursday night brings action-packed All Star Wrestling to the fairgrounds; Friday will be an evening of country music featuring three bands; and Saturday night will be for the motor sports fans, who can watch crashing and banging at the team demolition derby.

One of fair fans’ favorite events, the annual fair parade, gets underway around 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Overbrook. This year’s theme celebrates “Christmas in August” and creative float makers will vie for cash prizes. Overbrook’s parade also features the annual “Battle of the Bands”, with winners also rewarded with cash for their high school band.

Though the weathercast predicts possible rain for the next few days, grab your umbrella and rain coat just in case and check out all the 2019 Overbrook Osage County Fair has to offer.

Here’s the fair schedule:

Even animals have fun at the Osage County Fair costume contest

Animal costume contest participants at the Osage County Fair were, from left, Chloe Cannon, Wylie Young, Hailey Montgomery, Mya Montgomery.

One of the fun events at the Osage County Fair was the animal costume contest. The contest was held July 12, 2019, at the pavilion at the fairgrounds in Osage City.

Contestants and results were:

  • Open class grand champion: Mya Montgomery, 5, BG (Cloverbud), and her dog, Tank.
  • Junior class grand champion: Hailey Montgomery, 8, BG, dog, Gunner.
  • Junior class reserve grand champion: Chloe Cannon, 9, NO, dog, Skye.
  • Senior/intermediate grand champion: Wylie Young, 12, NO, cat, Super Mario.

Megan Kilgore and Josie Thompson were judges and Marty Young was superintendent of the show.

Hidden History: Incognito contest winner shines perpetual spotlight on Overbrook

Mindy Allen, Scott City, Kan., recently completed a new painting of the “Don’t Overlook Overbrook” mural.

“Don’t Overlook Overbrook.” More than a hundred years ago, this memorable slogan was created, but even today will spark strangers to recognition when the town’s name is mentioned.

In 1911, the village of Overbrook was joining a nationwide trend of growth across the country during this period. “Boosters” sought to boost their communities by increasing the visibility and appeal, acquiring utilities to improve the living conditions in their towns, and bring commerce and new citizens. Of course, not everyone was happy with prospects for change, folks content with the status quo and speaking out against any change were dubbed “knockers.”

Overbrook’s booster group was called the Overbrook Commercial Club. This club put out a call for a slogan. Topeka had decided on a slogan “Topeka can, Topeka will.” Overbrook was quick to follow the example, and added an incentive of $5 paid to the person who supplied the chosen phrase.

The winning submission was made by Lewis Coffman, a West Virginia resident who had two brothers in Overbrook. He sent the motto to the Commercial Club under the pseudonym “Mary”, since he lived outside of the 20-mile radius required for submissions. However, the club was so pleased with the line that they gave Coffman not only the $5 award, but voted that he receive a lifetime membership to the club.

Coffman accepted, stating it was “impossible to overlook Overbrook anyway. It was too good of a town.”

Melvern Sunflower Days 4-H Fair results of exhibition, June 20-22, 2019

Sunflower Days stockman competition participants and award winners for 2019. Photo by Danny Rice.

Melvern Sunflower Days 4-H Fair was held June 10-21, 2019. Below are the results of exhibit judging.

Mosquitoes interrupt summer: KDHE recommends bite prevention

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends Kansans take preventive measures against mosquito bites, as floods throughout the state have caused an increase in mosquito populations. Mosquito surveillance in Reno, Sedgwick and Shawnee counties has shown an increase Culex species mosquitoes which can transmit West Nile virus and other viruses that can affect humans. This species of mosquitoes is most active at dawn and dusk.

“West Nile virus can be spread to people through bites from infected mosquitoes, but it is not contagious from person to person,” said KDHE Secretary Lee Norman MD. “Symptoms range from a slight headache and low-grade fever to swelling of the brain or brain tissue and, in rare cases, death.”

Since 2002 there have been 677 cases and 35 deaths in Kansans from West Nile virus. To date, there have been no cases of West Nile virus reported to KDHE in 2019. People who have had West Nile virus before are considered immune. Cases are most common from mid-July through late September.

KDHE has developed West Nile virus risk levels to help guide prevention efforts for both communities and individuals. These risk level reports will be posted weekly at www.kdheks.gov/epi/arboviral_disease.htm. All six regions of Kansas are currently at moderate risk level.

KDHE recommends the following precautions to protect against West Nile virus:

Eat Well to Be Well: Why choosing cow’s milk still matters

Going to the grocery store to “get milk,” is not always what it used to mean. Open up the refrigerator in many homes, and the “milk” might instead be a nondairy milk alternative. From soymilk, almond, coconut, rice, cashew, oat, hemp, quinoa, or hazelnut, just to name a few, cow’s milk has competition.

Traditional cow’s milk still dominates the milk market, but research shows that U.S. nondairy milk sales are growing, causing cow’s milk sales to sag. Nondairy milk alternatives have gained popularity among consumers. But are nondairy milk alternatives as healthy for us as cow’s milk and why are consumers dropping dairy milk for plant-based alternative milks anyway?

Reasons for the switch to nondairy milk alternatives

The consumer consumption switch on buying more nondairy milk alternatives is being fueled for several reasons:

  • People with a milk allergy have a safe alternative to cow’s milk.
  • People with lactose intolerance – however, dairy milk manufacturers make some varieties of cow’s milk with the lactose already broken down.
  • People who are vegans and consume no animal products.
  • People who have health concerns over consuming dairy milk believing it is fattening or unhealthy.
  • There is public perception that nondairy milk alternatives are healthier than dairy milk.
  • Some consumers question modern milk production practices.

How does the nutritional profile of cow’s milk compare to plant-based milks? This is where it is very important for consumer’s to read the nutrition facts label on all types of nondairy milk alternatives. While it’s tempting to follow the trend of drinking plant-based milk alternatives, before deserting cow’s milk, know the nutritional differences between them.

Let’s be clear, cow’s milk is still the gold standard with a high nutritional profile for several reasons:

Local ag leaders to represent Osage City community

Longtime Osage County residents Fred and Pat Pearson have been selected by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce as Mr. and Mrs. Osage City for 2019.

Fred was born and raised on a farm near Miller, Kan. He attended Kansas State University 1959 to 1963, and studied agricultural education. He met Pat during college. Pat grew up on a farm near Manhattan, Kan.

“My father wanted someone in the family to farm and he was pleased to find out that Fred and I planned to marry,” Pat said.

Fred and Pat were married in 1963. From 1963 to 1968, Fred taught vocational agriculture at Burlingame and Pat taught grade school at Osage City. Pat retired from teaching to take care of her grandchildren and help as needed around the farm.

The first ground Fred and Pat bought was in 1966. Also that year, Fred and his father, Earl, started the Miller Elevator. The young couple purchased 240 acres and moved to their current home in 1969.

Fred and Pat’s family includes son, Clark, his wife, Bobbi, and their son, Max; son, Jim, his wife, Dawn, and their children, Paige and Peyton; and son, Jeff. The Pearson family has farmed in the Osage City area for more than 145 years.

Fred and Pat said they felt very honored and appreciative for being selected and offered these words:

“We have had the honor, privilege and opportunity to live and work in the Osage City Community for over 51 years. This community has many advantages that we feel are intensely important to enjoying a pleasant life style.

“The excellent school system that is stable, progressive and effective was our greatest priority.

“The character of the people in this community has always contributed to a neat, clean and progressive community. Osage City has a history of many fine churches, clubs and organizations that enhance great citizenship.

“A good solid business community is very important to the well-being of any area and Osage City has been outstanding in this concept. We have been richly blessed by the opportunities in the cattle business, farming and the grain elevator business. We are confident that we could not have found a better community in which to live, work and enjoy life.”

The Pearsons will be honored guests and ride in the annual Osage County Fair Parade, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019, along Market Street in Osage City, Kan.

Family entertainment featured for Osage County Fair, July 10-13, 2019

Get ready for families working together and having a good time with an assortment of entertainment. The Osage County Fair gets underway Wednesday, July 10, and runs through Saturday night, July 13, 2019.

The Osage County Fair Association promises “fun for all with entertainment for the entire family” at the fairgrounds in Osage City’s Jones Park

This year’s fair continues a longtime tradition.

“The first fair was in 1946 and increasingly attracts spectators and participants from Osage County and northeast Kansas,” said Josi Bosse, fair board member. “That’s for the 4-H and open class exhibits, parade, and music, plus carnival attractions with midway rides.”

Perhaps most importantly to a county fair, there’ll be livestock shows every day. Of course, competitions are also planned for most agriculture productions and vast rural domestic creations. The fair board is offering barn quilting classes for those interested.

Entertainment for Wednesday evening, will be the Backyard Legends Band.

Barnyard Olympics will test abilities of participants doing farm tasks in a uniquely enjoyable way is Thursday afternoon, July 11. Family Fun Night is Thursday evening with a pie contest, a mechanical bull, climbing wall, bingo and disc jockey music.

The animal costume contest Friday afternoon, July 12, creates fun for those doing the dressing, spectators, and maybe animals, too.

Highlight of fair week is the Osage City Chamber of Commerce’s parade, with a theme of  “Fresh From The Farm,” down Osage City’s Market Street 6:30 p.m. Friday. An array of entries local and from afar is expected with participation invited, or bring a lawn chair to watch.

Friday evening’s entertainment will be a talent show, hosted by the Lions Club and Harmon Dental. The stage will be set east of the Osage City Community Building at the basketball courts. All are invited to bring lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of local talented individuals competing for cash prizes.

As always, fair food will be the fare at the fair. The Lions Club will have its traditional hamburger stand at the community building. Food trucks are scheduled to be available Wednesday evening. An ice cream social fundraiser is planned to cool off spectators as the talent show concludes on Friday.

Saturday, July 13, is jam packed with a car show, touch-a-truck, and a cornhole tournament. Pay time for youth fair exhibitors is the evening livestock auction, and the Brickhouse Band concert concludes the fair.

See the fair’s schedule below (as published in the Osage County Fairbook).

Swimmers test the waters at Overbrook meet

Swimmers prepare to dive in at the starting line. Photos by Lisa Reeser.

Area swim teams from Overbrook, Osage, Lyndon, Lebo, and Burlington participated in a swim meet at Overbrook on June 22, 2019.


Celebrate your freedom, but be responsible for your freedom

Fireworks at Melvern. File photo.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has compiled a list of times and dates fireworks can be discharged in areas around the county for Fourth of July.

All unincorporated areas of Osage County have no regulations regarding when fireworks can be discharged. This includes the town of Vassar.

Fireworks are prohibited on Corps of Engineers property, in state parks, and at Osage County State Fishing Lake.

Fireworks are allowed in municipalities the following times and dates:

  • Burlingame – 8 a.m.-midnight, June 27-July 6.
  • Carbondale – 8 a.m.-11 p.m., June 27-July 6; 8 a.m.- midnight July 4.
  • Lyndon – 10 a.m.-midnight, June 27 – July 5.
  • Melvern – 10 a.m.-midnight, June 27-July 5.
  • Osage City – 8 a.m.-10 p.m., June 27-July 5; until 11 p.m. July 4.
  • Overbrook – 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m., June 27-July 5; until midnight, June 28 and 29 and July 4 and July 5.
  • Quenemo – 7 a.m.-10 p.m., June 27-July 5.
  • Scranton – 8 a.m.-midnight, June 27-July 5.

Fair but partly cloudy: Melvern enjoys Sunflower Days despite stormy weather

The Sunflower Days parade always draws a crowd to downtown Melvern. Photo by Jeff Burkdoll.

The Melvern Sunflower Days 4-H Fair happened last week, despite Mother Nature trying to dampen the atmosphere for Osage County’s first fair of the season.

Rainstorms, generator problems, and cancelled carnival rides presented obstacles for the fair organizers, but in the following report local 4-Her Bella Reeser tells us that the fun continued anyway and the fair was enjoyed by many.


Sunflower Days 2019

By Bella Reeser
Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club

Hot temperatures, 4-H projects, cotton candy, parades and rides are all indicators that fair time is here. This year’s Melvern Sunflower Days was held June 20-22, 2019, in the Melvern City Park.

Even though weather conditions weren’t ideal, it didn’t stop hundreds of fairgoers from coming out to support their local fair. As always, Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H club did their part in supporting their local fair. The fair parade theme this year was  “Small Town USA – Redneck Jamboree!”

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club members strutted their stuff in the parade with their walking float; club members dressed in a club T-shirt and covered themselves in American pride decor.

Following the parade the club held a fundraiser homemade ice cream social at the Melvern Community Center. To make this year’s social even more special, Lloyd and Kathy Sowers loaned their engine and knowledge to the club and produced the ice cream in front of everyone’s eyes.

Even though the weather wasn’t great, it was still a successful time at the fair this year.


Enjoy these photos of Sunflower Days by Jeff Burkdoll, Bella Reeser and others.

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA team works as ‘Just One’ at state convention

MdCV FFA officers for 2019, Frank Warner, Cole Lacey, Koby Vanderpool, Bayleigh Lacey, Sadie McGowin, and Kaelin Criqui stop at KSU McCain Auditorium following a session. Courtesy photo.

By Sadie McGowin
MdCV FFA Reporter

The MdCV FFA officers team attended the 91st annual Kansas State FFA Convention May 29-31, 2019, in Manhattan, Kan. This year’s convention theme was “Just One.” The Kansas FFA had around 2,500 members and guests in total attendance from 207 chapters for the convention. The officer team assisted in a meal service program, convention sessions, and a career fair to help get them inspired and motivated for the coming school year.

MdCV FFA president Bayleigh Lacey, vice-president Frank Warner, and secretary Kaelin Criqui also served as delegates at the convention. The members were able to speak with each other and bounce around ideas for things their chapter can do to grow their membership numbers. There were many speakers at the convention sessions including the state officers with their retiring addresses and motivational speakers from across the country such as Cord McCoy, professional bull rider and winner of the Amazing Race, Luke O’Leary, National FFA President, and Kurt Dillon, State FFA Advisor and KSDE Ag Ed Consultant.

MdCV FFA members also participated in the national program “Give Lunch Service Packaging Event,” in which members packed healthy, easy-to-prepare meals to be given out to hunger relief groups across Kansas. More than 5,000 meals were packaged during their one-hour session.

2019 SFTHS grads head out to get involved in the world

Throwing their caps, the 2019 SFTHS grads celebrate their accomplishment. Photo by Brad Shaffer, allsportsdigital.com.

Santa Fe Trail High School’s 2019 honor students offered an abrupt reminder that you can’t live life to its fullest while sitting on the bench – you’ve got to get in the game. At the school’s 49th commencement exercises on May 11, 2019, the salutatorian and valedictorian, Josh Stone and Reegan Sisson, encouraged their fellow graduates, family and friends, to face challenges as life presents them.

Salutatorian Stone congratulated the graduates for reaching their important milestone, but noted they wouldn’t be there without the help of people around them and also their own involvement in their educations.

“For me, the biggest lesson of high school is that it’s important to get involved,” Stone said. “That’s a lesson I will take with me and hope you do too as we go out into the world today. To get involved and not stay on the sidelines.”

Quoting Benjamin Franklin, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn,” Stone said.

“I hope we can all remember the importance of staying involved as we take our next steps,” Stone said.

“The last four years have been filled with moments of learning and moments of experience,” he said.

Valedictorian Sisson noted the graduates would soon go separate ways, reminding of Mr. Hug’s comment that students “were all going to disperse from this school one day like a covey of quail.”

He was right, Sisson said, “Some of us are going to be moving far from home in the next step our journey. Today, with this ceremony, things got real very quickly. I know we are all thinking about our next big step in life.”

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