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Tonganoxie, McLouth to send off grads Saturday

May 13, 2014

The Tonganoxie High School Class of 2014 will bid farewell to its alma mater Saturday with commencement exercises at the THS gymnasium.

The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. THS assistant Brent Smith said the Pledge of Allegiance would be recited, which is an addition to the traditional schedule of events.

Celeste Bartels, class president, will give the welcome, and then the Chieftain Singers and Senior Ensemble will perform two songs.

School officials will recognize National Honor Society members and students who achieved 4.0 grade-point averages.

This year’s 158-member class has two salutatorians — Bartels and Alissa Donnelly — both of whom will be recognized during graduation.

The Class of 2014 also has two valedictorians in Halston Field and Kaitlyn Waldeier. Both will give speeches.

The night will conclude with the presentation of diplomas.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday for friends and family of graduates to start filing in.

Smith said there is no limit to the number of people who can attend per graduate.

If the gymnasium is filled to capacity or guests would rather watch graduation from the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center, the auditorium will be set for overflow seating.

“It has nice comfortable seats and is nice and cool, “ Smith said.

Two foreign exchange students also will be recognized during graduation.

Graduates will head to Atchison after graduation for Project Grad festivities.

Other activities this week:

• Senior awards night will be 7 p.m. Thursday at TPAC

• Baccalaureate services will start at 2 p.m. Saturday at TPAC.


McLouth USD 342 will watch 33 seniors become graduates Saturday morning.

Commencement exercises start at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Gold Gymnasium.

After graduates file in to the gymnasium, MHS principal Troy Keiswetter will open with an introduction.

Destiny Mestagh, senior class president and valedictorian, will give the welcome. Classmates John Courtney and Konner Patterson, senior class treasurer and student council president respectively, will give share memories during commencement exercises.

District officials then will recognize Andrew Cerny, this year’s salutatorian, and Mestagh as valedictorian.

Aaron Polson will then recognize honor students and present several scholarships, as will various members of the community.

Once all scholarships have been handed out, Superintendent Steve Splichal will present the class for graduation.

Keiswetter will present the class before the playing of the alma mater.

Graduates will then file out of the gymnasium and greet guests outside.

Later Saturday, the class will head east to celebrate graduation at Advanced Laser Tag in Olathe.


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