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Marais des Cygnes Valley 2022 graduates move on to life’s next chapter

2022 graduates of Marais des Cygnes Valley High School. Photo by Jerry Kramer, Kramer Photos.

Encouraging his fellow graduates to use of the knowledge they had learned over the past four years, Marais des Cygnes Valley High School valedictorian Wyatt Lingenfelter quoted from Benjamin Franklin: “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest,” during MdCV’s Saturday afternoon graduation ceremony, May 7, 2022.

Lingenfelter reiterated Franklin’s message in his speech to the graduating seniors gathered for the ceremony. “Knowledge is a huge investment in your future. It is something you can always fall back on,” he said.

He also reminded classmates from where and who they gained that knowledge, recognizing family and faculty for the class’ success.

“Without help from all of you, we would not be the people we are today,” he said.
Lingenfelter was joined in accepting diplomas by 14 graduating classmates, including 2022 salutatorian, Cole Lacey, who reminisced about the class’ journey through high school. Lacey recognized school staff, “You have supported us through this four year journey and have been there when we needed it most” – and parents, “You have been the most supporting, caring, and helpful people we know or ever know.”

Lacey reminded his classmates their journey didn’t end at graduation, “Our future is bright. We are a great group of kids and I know we’ll all go far.”

After presentation of the Marais des Cygnes Valley High School class of 2022 for graduation by USD 456 Superintendent Joe Sample, USD 456 Board of Education members presented diplomas to Dalton Bechtle, Maximus Davis, Madison Flatin, Mary Ingle, Cole Lacey, Angelina Lighfoot, Wyatt Lingenfelter, Jacob McGowin, Katy Parker, AKaylee Prunty, Braden Reed, Hailie Rose, Caden Smith, Riley Spillman, and Chisolm Woodson.

Attendants for the ceremony were Madison Cormode and Jacob Weimer; procession leaders were Emma Ankerstjerne and Wyatt Melton. The processional and recessional was presented by George Alexander; and the MdCV high school choir performed “Larger Than Life” by Pinkzebra. The 2022 class sponsor was Danny Rice.

USD 456 Board of Education members are Greg McCurdy, Mike Ragan, Joe Arb, Adam Bean, Mark Lacey, Caleb McNally, and Debbie Woodson.


MdCVHS 2022 seniors’ scholarships and future plans

Dalton Bechtle, Missouri Welding Institute

Maximus Davis, Butler Community College, major: athletic training

  • Butler Community College Presidential Academic Scholarship
  • Dr. Steve Pegram Scholarship
  • MdCV Booster Club Scholarship
  • Melvern-MdCV Alumni Association Scholarship
  • Wendell Allison Memorial Scholarship
  • William Lucas Memorial Scholarship
  • Woodward, Belt, Heilman, Arb American Legion & Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 317 Scholarship

Madison Flatin, employment

Mary Ingle, employment

Cole Lacey, Butler Community College, major: feed science management

  • Butler Community College Presidential Academic Scholarship
  • Governor’s Scholars
  • Garard Family Scholarship
  • MdCV Booster Club Scholarship
  • Melvern-MdCV Alumni Association Scholarship
  • R.E. French Family Educational Foundation Scholarship
  • MdCV FFA Scholarship
  • Hometown Agriculture Scholarship
  • National FFA Ford Tough Scholarship

Anjelina Lightfoot, employment

  • Lala Beth Weis Memorial Scholarship
  • Melvern-MdCV Alumni Association Scholarship

Wyatt Lingenfelter, Bethany College, playing baseball

  • Bethany College Academic Scholarship
  • Bethany College Athletic Scholarship
  • Dale Dennis Excellence in Education Award
  • Lawrence Lester McNabb Scholarship
  • MdCV Booster Club Scholarship
  • Melvern-MdCV Alumni Association Scholarship
  • Wendell Allison Memorial Scholarship
  • R.E. French Family Educational Foundation Scholarship
  • MdCV FFA Scholarship
  • Jill Casten Downing Legacy of Leadership Scholarship
  • State FFA Degree

Jacob McGowin, Missouri Welding Institute

Katy Parker, employment

AKaylee Prunty, Allen Community College, major: pre-veterinary medicine

Braden Reed, Butler Community College, major: mass communications in sports media

  • MdCV Booster Club Scholarship
  • Melvern-MdCV Alumni Association Scholarship
  • Quenemo Alumni Association Scholarship
  • The Lichtenauer Family Scholarship
  • MdCV FFA Scholarship

Hailie Rose, tattoo apprenticeship

  • Osage County Fire District No. 3 Scholarship
  • Quenemo Pride Scholarship

Caden Smith, employment

Riley Spillman, Fort Hays State University, major: elementary education, with a minor in special education

  • Barbara Kellum Scholarship
  • Larry, Carol, & Jessie Thurston Memorial Scholarship
  • MdCV Booster Club Scholarship
  • Quenemo Pride Scholarship
  • Wendell Allison Memorial Scholarship
  • William Lucas Memorial Scholarship

Chisolm Woodson, employment

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