Tonganoxie USD 464 offering shuttle service for Saturday’s graduation; MHS to have commencement exercises Saturday morning
Let the mortar boards fly.
Commencement exercises will be Saturday for the Class of 2016 at both Tonganoxie High School and McLouth High School. MHS will have its graduation at 10 a.m. in the Gold Gymnasium, while THS will have its ceremony at 7 p.m. in the east campus gymnasium, with overflow seating available at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center. THS also will be offering a shuttle service this year in an attempt to reduce high traffic at the school. Buses will start running at 6 p.m. from West Haven Baptist Church, with doors opening at 6:15 p.m.
Here’s a closer look at ceremonies for both schools:
Tonganoxie has 125 candidates this year.
The Tonganoxie High School band will perform in advance of the ceremony.
After the class processional, Emma DeMaranville, senior class president, will give the welcome.
Spencer Finkbiner is this year’s valedictorian and will give a speech, while Natalie Wolf will be recognized as this year’s salutatorian.
THS principal Mark Farrar also will give a short address. and this year’s 4.0 and National Honor Society students will be recognized.
As is tradition, the Senior Ensemble and the Chieftain Singers will perform songs during commencement exercises.
The final item of business Saturday will, of course, be the awarding of diplomas.
Later that night, the Class of 2016 will head to Power Play in Kansas City, Mo., for Project Grad festivities.
McLouth’s 32 candidates include two valedictorians this year.
Co-valedictorians are Tristan Funk and Shannon Greene. Both will give speeches during the ceremony.
Graduation will open with the class processional. Sergio Hernandez, class president, will give the welcome.
The school counselor will recognize honor students and several local scholarships will be handed out that morning.
Commencement exercises will conclude with the presentation of diplomas.
The Mclouth High School band will perform before the ceremony.
This year’s class motto is “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” The class flower is the rose and class colors are blue and silver.