Archive for Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Graduation approaches for seniors

May 16, 2007

A rite of passage for area high school seniors is fast approaching.

First up is graduation at Basehor-Linwood High School, which will be Thursday at BLHS. Tonganoxie High School and McLouth High School will have commencement exercises Saturday.

Here are graduation activities for each of the schools:

Tonganoxie

THS will graduate 116 seniors at Saturday's commencement, slated for 7 p.m. at Beatty Field.

Senior class president Tyler Miles will give the welcome address, while this year's valedictorian also will speak at the ceremony.

THS assistant principal Brent Smith said the valedictorian, as well as the salutatorian, will be announced at graduation.

The salutatorian also will be recognized Saturday, Smith said.

Seniors with 4.0 grade-point averages will be recognized, as will students receiving local and collegiate scholarships.

In addition, the Chieftain Singers and a senior ensemble will perform.

The graduation will conclude with the presentation of diplomas.

If inclement weather threatens Tonganoxie on Saturday, the THS gymnasium will be the alternate site for graduation.

Baccalaureate activities will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center at THS. The Rev. Ron Swaim, minister at Cornerstone Family Worship, will be the featured speaker. The event is sponsored by Tonganoxie Ministerial Alliance.

After officially becoming graduates, THS seniors will travel to IncrediBowl in Overland Park for Project Grad festivities.

McLouth High School

The decision on this year's MHS valedictorian, or valedictorians, is down to the wire.

"The valedictorian and salutatorian will both speak," McLouth High School principal John Hamon said Monday. "And we still don't know whether we'll have two valedictorians, because they're both tied right now."

Ceremonies honoring the school's 45 graduating seniors will start at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Stan Braksick Sports Complex. Graduation will begin with a class welcome. Senior choir members will sing, while the schedule also calls for a class poem to be recited. Local scholarships are to be announced and diplomas will be handed out to this year's seniors.

"There will be some singing and a bunch of scholarships will be given out," Hamon said.

The ceremony's alternate site will be the Purple Gym at MHS.

Baccalaureate services for MHS seniors were May 9 at First Baptist Church of McLouth.

Basehor-Linwood High School

Nine out of 25 potential graduating Basehor-Linwood Virtual School students will walk in the graduation ceremonies with the 111 Basehor-Linwood High School graduates at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the BLHS large gymnasium.

The baccalaureate for students was May 13 and included a welcome by senior class president Erin Fisher, various prayers and blessings by students, a congregational song and a message titled, "Lessons and Connections" by BLHS counselor C.R. Goodin.

The BLHS orchestra will play the traditional "Pomp and Circumstance" as well as the National Anthem to kick off Thursday's graduation ceremony.

Steve Blankenship, principal of BLHS, will then present senior honors and the valedictorians will deliver their speeches to the class of 2007. Assistant principal Sherry Reeves said there were four valedictorians this year and it is unknown how many of them will speak at the ceremony.

The choir and the orchestra will perform before the presentation of diplomas.

Graduating seniors will head off to Power Play Entertainment in Shawnee immediately after the ceremony for Project Grad.

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