Con-grad-ulations, Kansas

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KANSAS - Twenty-one graduating seniors gathered in the Kansas gymnasium Friday May 17 to celebrate their high school commencement with family and close friends.

In the opening remarks, graduating senior Ivy Shanks asked the large audience to join the class in prayer and prayed, “We ask you to help guide us through the rest of our lives…And continue to look over us.”

Madison Fulk delivered the welcome speech followed by the presentation of awards and scholarships delivered by school board members, school principal Cindy Spencer and various community leaders.

Valedictorian Olivia Allison delivered an emotional speech. “I would like to first thank everyone who is here today to celebrate our accomplishments...We made it,” she said. “We are finally graduating.”

Allison’s speech went down memory lane and she recalled being young students in the small school.

“Over the past 12 years we have had fellow classmates both join us and leave us,” she said. “We have been given the opportunity to leave high school with a well rounded education and knowledge for our next steps in life.”

Then in a light-hearted way she added, “We have also learned how to procrastinate, skip class and have fun.”

Allison concluded with a message for her classmates, “Congratulations. I wish each and every one of you success in whatever you pursue.”

Grace Burnside delivered the salutatorian speech. She thanked those in the audience for supporting the graduating class of 2019 and helping the class celebrate its final hours as seniors.

“God has a plan for all of us,” said Burnside. “Some may be big and some may be small, but each is equally as important as the next,”

Burnside shared specific memories with her fellow graduating students, saying, “I am very grateful for the time we have all spent together….God has a plan for each and everyone of you.”

Teacher Michael Lowery delivered the class of 2019 address before the awarding of diplomas presented by school board of education president Mark Eskew and secretary Britta Baker. The senior class then presented flowers to those who have touched their young lives accompanied by the song “Five More Minutes” by country artist Scott McCreery.

Before closing remarks by Maiya Eskew, a slide presentation featuring the graduating seniors was shared with the audience followed by the class recessional to “I’ll Be There For You,” by the Rembrandts.