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The Odessan, Odessa, Missouri, Thursday, May 3, 2012

2012 OHS OHS SENIORS SENIORS SAY SAY GOODBYE! GOODBYE! 2012

photo by John Carmody

Lauren Grubb plans to study radiology

Lauren Grubb

by Bud Jones Lauren Grubb, 708 Golf St., is ranked among the top academic students of the graduating class of 2012 at Odessa High School. She is the daughter of Dena Stark. Grandparents include: Charlie and Judy Harvey, Odessa; Robert Grubb, Blairstown; and Forrest Stark, Lake Ozark. In addition to taking a lot of weighted classes and a rigorous academic schedule during her high school years, she has also been an actively involved student at OHS, including: >freshman class vice president; >academic letter recipient for four years; >academic all-conference in track;

>academic all-conference in cross country; >varsity track team; >varsity cross country team, serving as team captain; >DECA senior representative; >DECA state competitor; >DECA international conference competitor; >Missouri DECA executive office finalist; >Future Business Leaders of America; >staff, The Growler; >staff, OHS yearbook, serving as editor in her final junior and senior years; >Spanish Club; >serving as a freshman mentor her senior year; >community service events/activities including: • middle school track meet set-up; • Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure; • local Special Olympics volunteer; • DECA school store supervisor; • DECA rock-a-thon benefit for MDA; • MDA fashion show and fundraiser; • junior volunteer at Lafayette Regional Health Center. Of all these many activities, Lauren says her favorites have been cross country and DECA. “The cross country team has a family feel to it, and the coaches are always very supportive,” she explains. “And I really enjoy the competition opportunities available in the DECA program. I have really enjoyed my DECA experience, and the competition aspect seemed to come natural to me.” She is one of the OHS students who participated in the DECA International Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Another thing that seemed to come natural for Lauren has been her ability to maintain a high grade point average and graduate “summa cum laude” from Odessa High School. Future plans involve attending William Jewell College, Liberty, majoring in biology and pre-medicine. Eventually, she hopes to attend KU Medical School, with the goal of becoming a professional radiologist.

“When I was approximately seven years old, I fell off of a bed and broke my arm. Later, while at the hospital, I was able to see the X-ray of my arm, and I was hooked for life. “No other career path interests me the way working with X-rays and MRIs interests me.” Ten years from now, she hopes to have a job and be settling into a hospital setting, but she realizes that completing medical school takes a great deal of time, and there is a chance that in 10 years she may still be in the process of finishing up the education for her chosen career. Currently, with the high school phase of her life rapidly approaching, and the next phase of her life opening up before her, Lauren says she is “looking forward to the next stage in my life. I am not sure what may be in store for me, but I am ready to take it on, whatever it is.” She credits her cross country coaches and science teachers, Zach and Heather Meler, with having a significant impact on her as a student. “I have had them both as teachers, and they were really good, and as coaches, they were so inspirational. Their coaching helped bring me success as a cross country athlete.” Lauren credits her mother with being her greatest mentor in life. “I have learned everything from my mom. Anytime I need help, I can go to her. And it is amazing how many of her habits and mannerisms I have picked up over the years.” During the summer months, Lauren works approximately 35 hours per week at the Sonic Drive-In in Higginsville. In her spare time, she enjoys baking. “I use baking as a de-stresser.” She also likes to run and is comfortable just hanging out at home. Her advice to students who will be entering Odessa High School for the first time this fall: “Don’t stress about the little things. Just take a deep breath and think about it for a few minutes. If there is no good reason to be upset about it, then it doesn’t really matter, so let it go.”

Jay Baugh aspires to become pilot by Bud Jones Jay Baugh, 128 E. Old 40 Hwy., rural Odessa, is one of the top academic students of the Class of 2012 at Odessa High School. He is the son of Kay Baugh, Odessa, and Barry Baugh, Marshall, and the grandson of Richard and Kenna DeWeber, Montrose, Colo., and Dorothy Baugh, Springfield. He has an older brother, Tommy Joyner, 29, Lee’s Summit, and an older sister, Gabrie Joyner, 25, Miami, Fla. His high school activities and honors list includes: >National Honor Society; >Student Council representative; >Spanish Club; >A+ tutor; >Freshman class mentor; >Varsity basketball, team captain; >Cross country team; >Tennis team; >Missouri Boys State delegate; >Academic all-state; >Academic all-conference, all four years in three different sports; >Academic achievement, all four years. Jay says his favorite activities have been tennis and Student Council. “I had never really played tennis before picking it up in high school, and it has been a lot of fun. Student Council has given me the opportunity to be involved with events and people at the high school, and that, too, has been a great experience. Attaining academic success in high school, he says, has come about because of his willingness to work hard and stay organized. That, and the fact that his parents have

always “pushed me to be the best that I can be at whatever challenge I may be facing.” One of his proudest moments in high school came when he was notified of earning “Academic All-State” honors in basketball, one of only 90 students in the entire state and only the third OHS student to be so designated, the first in the last seven years. His future plans include attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. He also plans to participate in an Air Force ROTC program at the university, to eventually become an Air Force pilot. Attending the Air Force Academy was his first choice, but since that option did not work out, he plans to attend Embry-Riddle, which is considered one of the top aviation schools in the nation, with an excellent ROTC program. His goal has always been to serve as a pilot in the Air Force. Looking 10 years into his future, Jay can visualize himself doing just that. He says the current time in his life, graduating from high school, while focusing his attention on his future, is “an exciting and nerve-racking time. I don’t know for sure what the future is going to bring, but I am looking forward to new experiences.” When asked if there are any teachers who have had a significant impact on his success in high school, Jay lists English teacher, Mike Shields, and physics teacher and cross country coach, Zach Meler. Mr. Shields because “he challenged me as a student and because he cares about his students and the success they make of their lives.” Mr. Meler because “he is an awesome coach who is motivated and smart and who works harder than anyone I have ever seen.” Jay says his greatest mentor in life is his dad. “My dad has always been motivating me, pushing me to

Jay Baugh do my best, especially academically, and has always been really supportive.” In his free time, Jay enjoys sports as often as possible, especially playing tennis with friends and running. For the past two years, he has been working part-time at Morgan’s Restaurant. Reading is another favorite activity. When asked about advice that he would give to incoming high school students, Jay says, “Get involved. It is easy to get distracted unless you stay busy, and getting into clubs and sports is the best way to succeed in high school.”

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The Odessan, Odessa, Missouri, Thursday, May 3, 2012

Senior remembrances Some members of the class of 2012 have shared special memories of their high school years. Jordan Gilbert, “For the sophomores and juniors, Odessa High School bought pizza from Pizza Hut for all the students, which sold out Pizza Hut but I still didn’t get any. I can’t remember the reason, I just remember I missed it.” Celestia Ann Meuschke, “My favorite high school

memories are winning state cheerleading my freshman year and cheering at Friday night football games.” Brody Osborn, “The band camp pool party my freshman year.” Joshua Thomson, “Winning state wrestling.” Zach Torres, “Being elected prom king and even though I’ve only been going to Odessa schools since sixth grade, I have made a lot of close friends.”

Odessa High School Class of 2012 Class Colors

Black and Silver

Class Flower Cactus

Class Song

Dirt Road Anthem by Jason Aldean

Class Motto

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land among the stars!

Composite sponsored as a salute to the Class of 2012

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2012

ODESSA HIGH SCHOOL Marium Ann Ahmed

Corey Lynn Allen

Odessa

Odessa

Ronda and Jonathan O’Neal

Metropolitan Community College

Tim Allen Longview Community College

Cory Evan Balcom

Advantage Overhead Door

Cathy Barnes

Jay Richard Baugh

Scott and Kelly Banes

Mike and JoAnn Barnes

Odessa

Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville

The Drug Store Michael Boyd

Misty O. Booe

Odessa

Odessa

Mike and Patty Boyd

Claudia and John Jura Work

B&L Bank Roger Neal Cady Odessa

Frances Largent and Curtis Tucker Work

Hannibal LaGrange University, Hannibal

Hair Mechanix

Michael Evan Casselman Odessa

Clayton and Tania Casselman

Odessa Medical Clinic

Odessa

Work

Troy and Bena Baker University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg

Jamie L. R. Breshears

Christy J. Brown

Odessa

Walker Tire Truck and Tow Service Nathan Carl Campbell

Bates City

Bates City Michael R. and Jill A. Campbell

Dana and Jerry Ellis

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Morgan’s Bulldog Bar & Grill

Mike and Louisa Breshears Metropolitan Community College

Blue River Community College

Melody Dawn Rose Blum Odessa

Kay Baugh Barry Baugh

Public Water Supply District #1

Dane Michael Callahan

Metropolitan Community College

Sonic

University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg

Alyssa Banes

Bates City

Odessa

Wyoming Tech, Laramie, Wyo.

University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg

Jeff and Donna Bailey

Odessa

A&T First Central Accounting and Bank Tax Service Doug Turnbough

Morgan’s Bulldog Bar & Grill

Phillip and Kathy Ballew

Odessa

Odessa

Michael and Janet Alumbaugh

Molly Karen Baker

Amos E. Bailey

Brandon Timothy Alumbaugh

Odessa

Ronnie and Pam Brown Work

Frances Blum Work

The Dawg House Matthew Brown Odessa

Mr. and Mrs. William Brown United States Air Force

Taco John’s

Second Street Flowers

Kinsey Meighan Canon

Ian Thomas Carlyle

Staci Tyler Richard Canon

Angela Frye Randy Carlyle

Odessa

Odessa

Westminster College, Fulton

Work

Public Water A&T Supply District Accounting and #1 Tax Service

Advanced Industries

Tabitha Kathleen Clark

Amber Dawn Cooper

Caleb Ray Cooper

Mayview

Bates City

Odessa

Jesse Allen Chambers Odessa Levi and Kerry Chambers Michele and Kendal Koch

Metropolitan Community College

Rector Chevrolet

Clayton Carl Courtway Odessa

Timothy and Sheila Clark University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg

Shelby Cox

Odessa

Chris and Amy Baker Craig Cox

Cathy Cox Terry and Sheryl Cox

Blue River Community College

University of Missouri, Columbia

A&T Added Touch Accounting and Salon and Tax Service Day Spa

Work

Ray-Carroll Turner Grain Growers Construction

Kelsey Nicole Cox

Joe and Wendy Courtway

Celestine Galvan and Larry Cooper

Odessa

Penn Valley Community College

Whistle Stop

Elizabeth Marie Cozart Odessa

Howard and Laura Cozart Simpson College, Indianola, Ia.

State Farm Insurance Don Slater

Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Cooper

Work

Pizza Hut Ryan Wesley Lee Crabtree Mayview

Michael and Jessica Crabtree

Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville

Odessa Feed Kleinschmidt’s Western Store and Farm

Bailey Renee Davis

Roman Anthony DeLuco

Rachel E. DeMoss

Johnothon Dillon Odessa

Ryan Asher Dillon

Odessa

Odessa

Bates City

Aaron and Ruth Ann Dillon

Wayne and Annette Dillon

Donna Davis Rod Davis Longview Community College

McGrath Electric

Tracey and Paul DeLuco Work

Shelter Insurance

Terry Carter

Lisa and Bruce DeMoss

Sni Valley Fire Protection District

Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville

Napoleon Bank

Odessa

Missouri Science & Technology, Rolla

One Good Taste Country Store

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2012

ODESSA HIGH SCHOOL Cailey Dowell

Ashton Dodson

Odessa

Odessa

Kimberly Stecker David Dodson Blue River Community College

Randy and Cinda Dowell University of Missouri, Columbia

Bellezza KAT Tanning Hair E x c a v a t i o n , & More Inc. Karissa M. Elliott

Wyatt Cole Estes

Bates City

Odessa

Terry Estes Caroline Murry

Shawn and Ellen Elliott College

Hometown Wireless Samantha Floyd Odessa

State Farm Insurance Don Slater

Morgan’s Bulldog Bar & Grill

Wilkinson Tow

tim Wulfekotter

Ian Evans

Payton Nickole Everett

Cindy Evans

Bates City

Work

John and Melissa Everett

University of Missouri, Columbia

Terry Schlotman Counseling

Doug Turnbough

Jeremiah’s Rides Garrett Jackson Fieth Odessa

Denny and Amy Fieth University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg

Mike Keith Insurance

Penny Gamblin

DarrellGeary Linda Geary

Work

Jennifer Gallegos Work

The Mixing Bowl

Christy Gibson Ben Gibson

Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla

The Drug Store Mary Jane Gutridge Odessa

Kevin Gutridge Work

Maryville University, St. Louis

Direct Plumbing

Taylor Gilkeson

Bates City

Odessa

Tammy and Tom Gilbert

Jeannette Warren

ITT Tech, Kansas City

Farmer’s Insurance

James Krahenbuhl

Jeff and Patty VanHara Brian Haase

Odessa

Nikola Heiden Kurt Heiden

Jeff and April Holmes

Longview Community College

State Farm Insurance Don Slater

Metropolitan Community College

Odessa

Odessa

Gerald and Darla Harris

Joelle Harrison

Work

Kelly Halford Rose, Attorney

The Drug Store Colton W. Hilbrenner

Odessa

Odessa

Bates City

Clifton and Marcia Highfill

Darren and Jo Hilbrenner

Work

Longview Community College

The Neighborhood CB linic C ates

ity

Zachary Tyler Hurley

Robert Lane Hotmer

Odessa

Odessa

Nathan and Veronica Hurley

Terry Stever Bill Hotmer Work

Carmella Green

Taylor Anthony Harrison

Withrow’s Body Shop

Cheryl Hotchkin Chris Hotchkin

Odessa

Cassie Dawn Highfill

T&N Fireworks Auto Parts Supermarket

Odessa

Jessica Marie Green

Alicia Nicole Helton

Work

Odessa

Darrel Geary Roofing

Theodore Wayne Harris

Tami Adkins

Christian Hotchkin

University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg

Jeremiah’s Rides

Bates City

Traix Heiden

Skyler Jeffery Holmes

University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg

Christian Haase

DePaul University, Chicago, Ill.

Truman State University, Kirksville

Doug Turnbough

Jordan Gilbert

Bates City Rider’s Phillips 66 Bar-B-Que

Odessa

Dr. Jerry Haney, DDS

Wulfekotter Buildings

Bates City

Cindy Gallagher

Michaela Harvey

University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg

College

Odessa

Dena Stark

Longview Community College

MetropolitanCommunity College

Kevin Eggert

Odessa

Odessa

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Harvey

Shalmarie and Jerry Taylor

Bates City

Lauren Grubb

Lafayette Regional Health Center

Odessa

Odessa

Odessa

William Jewell College, Liberty

Brian and Cinda Eastabrooks

Bryant Mitchell Geary

Odessa

Linda Geary

Napoleon

Odessa

Kelly Shea Gamblin

Brent Wesley Gibson

H&R Block

Zachary C. Eggert

Gabriel J. Gallegos

Jacob Allen Geary Ronald and Sheryl Geary

Tanner Eastabrooks

Ruth Lorraine Gallagher

Zabrina Reek Vincent Reek University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg

Kimberly R. Draper

Work

Skyler Janes Odessa

Richard and Shonna Janes Work

Bill’s Dan & Kevin’s Janes’s Automotive Barbershop Quality Tree

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2012

ODESSA HIGH SCHOOL Cara Jones

Odessa

Meghan Kali Johnson

John Jeffries Tammy Alexander

Odessa

Melinda Johnson late Ron Johnson

Jim and Carla Jones

Tarrin E. Jeffries

Longview Community College

Napoleon Bank

Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Mo

SERC Physical Therapy

Whitney Shanelle Kidwell

Tayler Reneé Klemenz

Bates City

Odessa

Stacy Brown

Jackie Klemenz

Bates City Convenience Store Patchara Laksanapia Mayview

Yao Kleoppel Work

Rector Chevrolet

University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg

Dustin Tyler Lancaster

Odessa Ron and Amy Newton Mark and Melissa Lancaster Missouri Western State University, St. Joeph

Kelly Halford Rose, Attorney Steven Allen Legate

Mayview

Jo Lee and Phillip Halsey

Odessa

Mike Legate Military

Hoflander Whistle Ford Stop Emily Margaret Manczuk Napoleon

Jennifer and Mikel Manczuk Stephens College, Columbia

Blue River Community College

Kaci Manes Odessa

Ron and Tracy Manes Blue River Community College

Preston Kleoppel Odessa

Pat and Becky Kleoppel

Odessa

Walt and Diana McNew Regency Beauty School

Mann Interiors Alan S. Morrow Odessa

Michael and Michelle Evans

Added Touch Salon and Day Spa

Odessa

Work

Pleasant Hill

Mayview

Thomas Kurtz Metropolitan Community College

Advanced Industries Alex S. Leachman Odessa

Teresa Leachman

Brian Young Odessa Construction Heating

Cooling

Aaron Chase Lemen Odessa

Metropolitan Community College

and

Ashley Nicole Mahurin Odessa

Rodney and Shanna Lemen

Brandy Hubbard Work

Langdon & Emison, Attorneys

Maretta Bernice McCloud

Karli Renee McCubbin

Odessa

Odessa

Bob and Kris Poisal Ron Mansfield Blue River Community College

Jessica Renee Kurtz

Work

Stonewood Wilkinson Service by Stever Pete Robinette Devon Ray Mansfield

Pete Robinette

James and Gail O’Neal

Caden Jack Leigh Odessa Terry and Rachel Leigh Suzanne Edwards Work

Wilkinson Service

Odessa

Odessa

Advanced Industries

Work

Vernon and Kimberly Koch

Levi William Lathrop

Wentworth Junior College, Lexington

Odessa

Christa and Erik Casebeer

Makenzie Elizabeth Koch

Kristen Danae Lang Pat and Denise Lang

Sebastian M. Kenepaske

Work

Teresa and Maurice McCloud

OPAA!

Sonya Chick Work

Odessa Tractor and Small Engine

Joshua Tyler Meierarend

Bruce E. Meinershagen

Celestia Ann Meuschke

Rachael Monteil

Harry and Taunya Meierarend Mary Meierarend

Bruce and Pamela Meinershagen

Mayview Chad and BethFox Shane & Kelly Meuschke

Lewis and Sheryl Monteil

Odessa

Odessa Chiropractic Dr. Tim Kesseman

William Emmitt Mort

Odessa

Metropolitan Community College

Quality Overhead Door Anna M. Munson

Randy and Mickie Mort

Oak Grove 70 Truck Stop

Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kan.

Kelly Halford Rose, Attorney

The Drug Store

Brody Osborn Odessa

Belinda Freed

Charles and Laura Osborn

University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg

The Habit Boutique And Tan

Odessa

University of Missouri, Columbia

Bates City

Odessa

Work

El Camino Real

Metropolitan Community College

University of Missouri, Columbia

Work

Magruder Red Cross The Drug Propane Pharmacy Store Katelynn Leigh McNew

Odessa

Robert and Michelle Kannmore

Reece/Nichols Odessa Heating and Gaslight Cooling Real Estate

The Drug Looks Unlimited Store

James W. Lee

Work

Odessa

Amanda Nicole Kannmore

Longview Community College

Hot Pots Cafe

Forest Allen Zachary Palmer

Odessa Desiré Boers-Palmer Wayne and Heather Palmer Missouri State University, Springfield

Bank of Odessa

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2012

ODESSA HIGH SCHOOL Michael S. Payne Odessa

Michael and Vicki Payne Metropolitan Community College

Kleinschmidt’s Western Store

Jordan Alea Peek Odessa

Edward and Tammy Peek Missouri State University, Springfield

Bank of Odessa James Colten Roncali

Odessa

Odessa

Metropolitan Community College

Work

Skyler Dawn Pryor

Christine Nicole Ragon

Odessa

Odessa

Steve and Star Ragon

Maria Teresa Peters

Patricia’s Foods

Dyllan Patrick Ratigan Patrick and Angela Ratigan

Work

Ryan Javier Peters

Lonnie and Caprice Roncali

Samuel Elliot Rose Bates City

Wyatt Rose Work

Angela Pryor Metropolitan Community College

Gary R. Cooper

Tax Service

Odessa

Work

Down Home Cafe

Adolph Jerold Schamberger

Andrew Allen Schwartzhoff

Gary Schamberger Brenda Schamberger

Odessa

Odessa

Mark and Vicky Schwartzhoff

Odessa Fire Dr. Scott Walker Tire Odessa Odessa and Rescue Heriford, Truck and Animal Clinic Heating and Protection District DDS Tow Service Cooling Clara Scott Odessa

Zachary Nicholas Shaw Odessa

Claude and Laura Scott Avila University, Kansas City

Odessa Diesel Repair Kimberli M. Shockley Odessa

Deana Shockley Work

Langdon & Emison, Attorneys Levi Morgan Smith Odessa

Brad and Connie Briggs Metropolitan Community College

Heritage Realty

Don’s Appliance Jack Dale Shull Odessa

Todd and Shannon Shull University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg

Ralph O. Jones Funeral Home

Odessa

Brionna Rashel Thrasher Odessa

Ashley Hunt Travis Callahan Work

Langdon & Emison, Attorneys

Wyoming Tech, Laramie, Wyo.

Katherine Marie Silvers

Bailey Lea Simonetti

Odessa

Odessa

Chuck and Nancy Silvers Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville

Kevin and Robin Smith Blue River Community College

Work

Amoriah Singer Odessa

Tim Singer Angelica Pollock

Jeanna Simonetti

Evangel University, Springfield

Tucker’s Convience Store

Lammert’s Cheesecake

Lamen Charles Snyder

Matthew Daniel Specker

Bates City

Odessa

Odessa

Ryan and Krissy Snyder

Steve and Nikki Specker

Gordon and Tina Smothers

Wesley M. Stubblefield Odessa

Shannon and Tina Stubblefield Work

Kyleigh Mae Travis

Zach Torres Oak Grove

Don and Kristine Torres

Odessa Diesel Repair

Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville

Emily Ann Smothers

The Drug Mike Keith Insurance Store

Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph

Buckner

Mike and Mary Ann Shields

Military

Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla

Odessa Fred’s Tire Odessa Heating and and Lube Winnelson Cooling

Kimberly Strickland University of Kansas, Lawrence

Odessa

Logan Michael Shields

Fantasy Red Cross Odessa Truck & Diesel Repair Conversions Pharmacy

Odessa

Odessa

Odessa Parks and Recreation

Robert and Sheri Shepherd

Work

Rilan Smith

Bria Symoné Strickland

Work

Odessa

The Drug R & S Mini Storage Store

Nickolas Reid Stockton Chris Stockton Tonja Richter

Christian J. Shepherd

Cindie Shell

Kerry and Cheri Shaw Longview Community College

Camden Lee Shell

Odessa

Work

Patricia Ratliff

Trophies Plus

Christopher D. Swearingin

Joshua Thomson

Chuck and Mary Swearingin

Traci and David Thomson

Odessa

Odessa

University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg

SERC Physical Therapy

Maryville University, St. Louis

The Drug Store

Lee Matthew Volmer

Brandon Dean Walker

Odessa

Odessa

Lynn and Abby Volmer Missouri State Univesity, Springfield

The Drug Store

Pamale Barker Work

The Drug Store

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Alumbaugh plans career in physical therapy by Bud Jones Brandon Alumbaugh, a fourth-generation Odessa High School graduate, is also one of the top academic students of the Class of 2012. He is the son of Mike and Janet Alumbaugh, 4 476 Eds R oad, r u ra l Odessa. Grandparents are Ed a nd M a r tha A lu mbaugh, r ural Odessa, and Carl and Shirley Campbell, rural Bates City. He has a younger brother, Brent, 14, who is an eighth grade student at Odessa Middle School. During his four years of high school, Brandon has been involved in multiple activities, including: >National Honor Society, inducted as a junior; >Football, named Academic All-Conference and Academic All-State; >Baseball, named Academic All-Conference; >A Honor Roll every semester; >Academic Letter, all four years; >Spanish Club; >Guardian Angels; >Freshman Mentoring Program; >Community Service, including three years as

an assistant coach for a Little League Football t ea m a nd p er for m i ng maintenance /repairs at the Odessa Senior Citizens Housing complex. Brandon says his favorite high school activity has been football, a game which he has played since he was in the fourth grade. He has always played the running back position and has always loved the game. “It is good to put yourself out there on the football f ield, to see what you can accomplish oneon-one against the other guy,” he explains. He also has enjoyed playing baseball, a game which he descr ibes as “necessary to think for yourself. A ll the g uys in the senior class have played together for a very long time.” As one of the top academic students in his class, Brandon says, “It takes a lot of determination. My parents encouraged me and pushed me to do my best. But I am a perfectionist, and getting the work done was important to me.” He says his proudest moment in high school

came when he was inducted into the OHS chapter of National Honor Society. “That is a big accomplishment, not that many people make that. And I take pride in being in NHS. It was also great being named Academic AllState in football. There were only two of us on the team to accomplish that.” Future plans involve attending the University of Central Missouri, with the ultimate goal of someday becoming a physical therapist. Several years ago, Brandon hurt his knee and had to undergo surgery and four to five months of physical therapy to recuperate. He recalls being tremendously inspired by his physical therapist, and from that point on, a career path in physical therapy has been his focus. At this point in his life, with the upcoming graduation from high school, and the rest of his life just beginning, Brandon says, “I am excited and ready to branch out and do new things, which is kind of weird for me. I generally don’t like new things, but I am ready to get on with

my life.” He c r e d it s Mel is s a Livengood, OHS math teacher, with making a positive impact on his educational development. “Math has never been my forte, but Mrs. Livengood broke it down for me and made it simple. She made math fun and understandable for me, and I really appreciate her. She is a great teacher.” He credits his grandfather, Ed Alumbaugh, as being his biggest mentor in life. “My Grandpa Ed always impressed upon me the need to do the right thing, to give 100% in everything that you do and not hold back.” The best thing about getting his education in the Odessa R-7 District, Brandon says, is that he was “able to carry on a family tradition because everyone in my family has gone to Odessa. And I was able to continue the tradition, do it well, and not let anybody down.” I n h is spa re time, Brandon enjoys hunting waterfowl and just being outside. “When I was a kid, I used to always get muddy and wet playing outside.”

He also enjoys playing guitar, which he says is a great stress reliever. A nd one hobby that he has picked up from Grandpa Ed is woodworking. He even made a computer desk as a senior project. Brandon’s advice for junior high students who will soon be entering high

school at OHS: “Put academics first and work hard to keep your grades up. Nothing that is truly rewarding comes without effort. I have had to work hard for everything I have achieved, but that’s OK, because that makes it so much more rewarding when you reach your goal.”

Baker, Kansas City. Grandparents are Paul and Virg inia Baker, who live in the village of Maud in rural Macon County, and Joe and Virginia Sebben, Odessa. She has three older siblings: Katie Baker, 25, Maud; Lacey Baker, 21, Odessa; and Nick Baker, 19, Maud. During her high school career, Molly has been actively involved in: >Concert band, all four years; >Marching band, four years; >Choir, three years; > Show C hoi r, t h r e e years; >A Honor R oll, fou r years; >Academic Letter, four years; >Spanish Club; >Volleyball; >Running Club; >Leadership Award; >School blood donor. She says band and Show Choir have been her favorite activities. “It has been a lot of fun traveling to all the differ-

ent places the band has performed, and seeing all the big bands perform at some of these venues has been really impressive.” “Show Choir gives me a r ea son t o si n g a nd dance.” She credits “really good teachers” with making it possible for her to graduate as one of the top academic students in her class, plus, she says, “I have a curious mind and have been interested in most of the subjects, and that has helped me focus on studying the subjects and learning as much as I can about them.” Future plans include attending the University of Missouri at Kansas City to study nursing. She may even go on to become a licensed nurse practitioner. Looking 10 years into her future, she can visualize working in a hospital setting or a medical clinic. She describes her current feelings as “filled with excitement. A few

years ago, I was literally dreading the moment of g raduating f rom h igh school. But now that it is here, I feel different. When I received my acceptance letter from UMKC, I was jumping up and down I was so excited.” OHS teachers who have had a significant impact on her academic development include: >English teacher, Mike Shields, who she says, “ leads by example, he shows students by example how to be a great teacher and a really good person.” >Terry Stever, history teacher, who she describes as “a teacher who is able to make history fun by turning everything into a story. You just have to be interested, the way Mrs. Stever tells the story.” Her g reatest mentor in life? “ My dad. Ever y k id watches his dad and models himself or herself accordingly, but my dad has shown me how to live my life by his example.

He is a respectful person and has a great sense of humor.” Mol ly says t he best thing about receiving her education in the Odessa R-7 District has been the opportunity to be involved in such a wide variety of activities. “And you make friends in all the different activities that you are involved in. If I would have gone to a larger school, those opportunities would not have been there for me.” In her quiet, personal moments away from school and school activities, she enjoys reading and writing, both fiction stor ies a nd hu morous writings. Molly’s advice to younger students about to enter high school is “Get involved, you will make lots of friends that way.”

Brandon Alumbaugh

Molly Baker plans nursing career

Molly Baker by Bud Jones Molly Baker, 713 W. Mason St., is one of the top academic students of the Class of 2012 at Odessa High School.

Molly joined the class of 2012 when she was in the second grade. She is the daughter of Troy and Bena Baker, Odessa, and Dianna

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2012 OHS SENIOR SURVIVORS Completed all 13 Years of School in Odessa!

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Class of 2012 includes 10 fourth-generation graduates by Linda Gillis Ten fourth-generation students will graduate from Odessa High School on May 11 including two sets of cousins, Brandon Alumbaugh and Nathan Campbell and Hannah Wieligman and Khyler Wulfekotter. Brandon Alumbaugh, parents, Michael, 1985, and Janet Campbell Alumbaugh, 1984, grandparents, Carl Duane and Shirley Raynes Campbell, 1960, and Martha Matthews Alumbaugh, 1958, greatgrandparents, Nita Jane Glover Matthews, 1938, Carl A., 1932, and Willa Belle Christy Campbell, 1933, both Bates City. Alyssa Banes, parents, Scott and Kelly Peerson Banes, 1993, grandparents, Pam Kantner Morgan, 1971, Dick Peerson, 1970, Richard Banes, 1966, greatgrandparents, Richard, 1946, Bates City, and Betty Conrad Peerson, 1947. Nathan Carl Campbell, parents, Michael R., 1987, and Jill Day Campbell, 1985, grandparents, Carl and Shirley Raynes Campbell, 1960, Orville Lee and Sharron Hobbs Day, 1957, Carl A., 1932, and Willa Belle Campbell, 1933, both Bates City. Lauren Grubb, mother, Dena Stark, 1989, grandparents, Judy Wagoner Harvey, 1963, Forrest Stark, 1962, great-grandmother, Verna Green Wagoner, 1937. Michaela Harvey, parents, Bill, 1985, and Kristy

Noe Harvey, 1988, grandparents, Mike, 1959, and Phyllis Johnson Noe, 1960, great-grandparents, Wesley Jr. and Martha Dyer Johnson, 1936. Christian Hotchkin, mother, Cheryl Tye Hotchkin, 1991, grandfather, Bill Tye, 1972, great-grandfather, Frank Adamson, 1937. Forest Allen Zachary Palmer, mother, Desirée Boers-Palmer, 1987, father, Wayne Palmer, 1985, grandmother, Sharon Gray Boers, 1959, great-grandparents, Clarence, 1938, and Glenice Rice Gray, 1939. Rilan Smith, parents, Kevin and Robin Grubb Smith, 1987, grandparents, Bob and Marie Jones Grubb, 1965, great-grandfather, Henry Grubb, 1933, Bates City. Hannah Rae Wieligman, mother, Eva Mae Fizer Scammerhorn, 1985, grandparents, Linda Mae Tye Harvey, 1966, Mike Fizer, 1963, great-grandmother, Georgia Alene Dyer Fizer, 1940. K h y l e r Wu l f e k o t ter, mother, Rayna Fizer Wulfekotter, 1988, grandparents, Linda Mae Tye Harvey, 1966, Mike Fizer, 1963, great-grandmother, Georgia Alene Dyer Fizer, 1940. Third-generation graduates are: Caleb Ray Cooper, mother, Deidre L. Ford Cooper, 1990, grandfather, Alvin L. Ford, 1960; Clayton Carl Courtway, parents, Joe, 1986, and Wendy Wade Courtway, grand-

parents, Jerry, 1968, and Jeanne Schwartze Wade, 1970; Johnothon Dillon, parents, Aaron, 1990, and Ruth Ann Fears Dillon, 1977, grandparents, Ray, 1965, and Nita Friend Dillon, 1969; Ryan Dillon, father, Wayne Dillon, 1977, grandmother, Myrtle Eggert Dillon, 1949; Zachary Eggert, father, Kevin Eggert, 1978, grandfather, Glenn Eggert, 1953; Garrett Jackson Fieth, parents, Denny, 1978, and Amy Crudginton Fieth, 1984, grandfather, Charles Fieth, 1948, Mayview; Cassie Dawn Highfill, mother, Marcia Kirck Highfill, 1978, grandmother, Delores Reynolds Kirk, 1957; Robert Lane Hotmer, mother, Terry Stever, 1980, father, Bill Hotmer, 1974, grandparents, Jesse, 1960, and Bonita Renick Stever, 1962; Steven Allen Legate, parents, Mike, 1982, and Glenna Wheatley Legate, 1984, grandparents, Verda June France Wheatley, 1959, Sherman Legate, 1958; Celestia Ann Meuschke, mother, Beth Ann Hawthorne Fox, 1986, stepfather, Chad Fox, 1991, grandparents, Vernon, Mayview, and Lola Belle Couch Hawthorne, 1956, Chester, 1961, and Dottie Franklin Fox, 1963, both Mayview; Matthew Daniel Specker, father, Steve Specker, 1982, grandparents, Donald and Mary Stever Specker, 1961; Bria Symoné Strickland, mother, Kimberly Clark Strickland, 1985, grandmother, Ar-

luster Bass Haynes, 1964; Hunter Watson, father, Doug Watson, 1981, grandfather, Leslie Watson, attended in class of 1957; Victoria Williams, mother, Shea Watkins Williams, 1985, grandfather, James Watkins, 1959, Mayview. Second-generation graduates are: Kelsey Cox, mother, Cathy Brown Cox, 1988. Ryan Wesley Lee Crabtree, father, Michael Crabtree, 1990; Bailey Renee Davis, mother, Donna Ehlert Davis, 1977; Ian Evans, mother, Cindy Evans, 1994; Preston Kleoppel, parents, Pat, 1983, and Becky Carter Kleoppel, 1990; Makenzie Koch, father, Vernon Koch, 1982; Rachael Monteil, mother, Sheryl McGhee, 1990; Katelynn Leigh McNew, mother, Diana Jenkins McNew, 1981; Brody Osborn, mother, Laura Petre Osborn, 1985; Christian J. Shepherd, mother, Sheri R. Kinnaman Shepherd, 1988; Jack Shull, mother, Shannon Adlard Shull, 1990; Katherine Marie Silvers, father, Charles R. Silvers, 1983; Samantha Wilson, stepfather, Randy Moore, 1979. Other generation graduates are: Tarrin E. Jeffries, grandfather, Donald Jeffries, 1943; Tanner Eastabrooks, grandmother, Betty Schmidt Forbes, 1964; Amoriah Singer, grandfather, Don Tye, 1959, Mayview. Article compiled from information submitted by graduates.

>Volleyball Academic All-State; >Academic All-Conference in track; >Academic All-Conference in basketball; >First team all-conference and first team all district in volleyball; >Varsity volleyball most valuable player as a senior, most valuable player on JV as a sophomore and junior; >Best Girl Mixer; >lead roles in two OHS productions; >queen candidate for court-mat and homecoming, princess candidate for court-mat; >Homecoming Parade chairman. She says volleyball has always been her favorite sport, and that has probably been her favorite activity, but she also has enjoyed participating in choir and the OHS musical prductions. “I enjoy the unity that exists among team members. There is a special bond there.” “And I love to sing. I think I have been singing as long as I have been walking. Performing is a real passion for me, and being in choir and working in the OHS productions has given me the opportunity to meet a nd work w ith others who have interests in the arts.” As for her academic success, Sam says it has come as a result of her determination and motivation. “You have to be motivated to study and get the work done. When I found out I had a 4.0 GPA, I made up my mind to keep it going and work to achieve it for all four years.” She says her proudest moments du r i ng h igh school came when a group effort came together and success was achieved, regardless of whether it was a volleyball team victory

or a musical production that had everybody freaking out the week before opening night, but on opening night the whole thing came together. Future plans involve attending Missouri State University, Springfield. She hopes to attain her bachelor’s degree in nursing, then go on to become a nurse practitioner. Looking ahead 10 years, she can see herself working in a hospital setting, but she also might be spending time as a medical missionary. That is a future goal. As the high school experience is ending and a new phase of her life is just beginning, Sam admits to having “mixed emotions.” “I have always been ready for graduation, but now that it is here, I realize that now I will be leaving my family and

Odessa High School Baccalaureate

2 p.m., Sunday, May 6

Odessa High School Gymnasium Please Stand as Seniors Enter Welcome.................................... Makenzie Koch Opening Scripture.....................Payton Everett Proverbs 19:20-21 Opening Unison Prayer................ Jordan Peek “A Graduate’s Prayer” Worship.........................“Here I am to Worship” Scripture Reading............................ Ryan Dillon Colossians 3:23-24 Worship................................... “Amazing Grace” Introduction of Speaker....... Samantha Wilson Message.........................................Adam Couch Worship........................... “I Can Only Imagine” Scripture Reading....................Meghan Johnson 1 Timothy 4:12 Closing/Benediction.......................... Jack Shull Procession of Seniors

Senior Night Awards 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 8

Odessa High School Gymnasium

Order of Events Welcome................. John W. McGraw, principal Concert Choir............... Bless the Broken Road Scott Harvey, Director Presentation of Student Council... Cailey Dowell Presentation of Best Girl Mixer.........Sam Wilson Presentation of Best Boy Mixer.........Zach Torres Senior Honors and Awards................Guests & Odessa Faculty Farewell...................... Aaron Dillon, president Odessa R-7 Board of Education Closing................... Singing of the School Song

Class Officers Matthew Brown................................................President Amos Bailey..............................................Vice President Makenzie Koch.................................................Secretary Payton Everett................................................ Treasurer

Senior Student Council Officers

Cailey Dowell, president; Samantha Wilson, corresponding secretary; Meghan Johnson, reporter

Senior Student Council Members

Jay Baugh, Kensey Canon, Kelsey Cox, Elizabeth Cozart, Garrett Fieth, Samantha Floyd, Taylor Gilkeson, Rachael Monteil, Matthew Specker

Sam Wilson to pursue nursing degree

Samantha Wilson by Bud Jones S a ma ntha Wi ls on, 9334 Starr School Road, is one of the summa cum laude students of t he Class of 2012 at Odessa High School. She is the daughter of Kim and Randy Moore of Odessa and John Wilson, Waverly. Sam considers herself lucky to be a member of a blended family, because that means she has lots of grandparents, including: A lt he a a nd Howard Dieckhoff, Alma; L avon ne a nd Olen Moore, Odessa; Kathy a nd F ra n k A bshier, Waverly; and Julie and Gerald Adams, Odessa. She also has four siblings: >Conner Moore, 22, Lee’s Summit, who is attending Longview Community College and working; > Shelby Moore, 19, Lee’s Summit, also attending Long view and working; >Kendall Moore, 19,

Lee’s Summit, also attending Long view and working; and >Hayden Moore, 11, Odessa. During her four years of high school, Sam has led an active life, with involvement in: >National Honor Society; >Volleyball; >Track; >Basketball; >Student Council; >Ovation Show Choir; >Chamber Choir; >Spanish Club; >Fellowship of Christian Athletes; >Mentor program for freshmen students; >Musical productions; >Speech and debate; >Drum line; >Band of Distinction. She also earned recognition as: >Missouri Girls State delegate; >DAR Good Citizen of the Year; >All-District Choir; >Academic Letter and A Honor Roll;

friends from high school and embarking on a new experience, living on my own. I have truly made the most of my high school experience and it has been great, but I am excited about what lies ahead.” When asked if there any teachers that have made a significant impact on her life, Sam replies, “I have had some truly awesome teachers. I can’t think of one that I do not love.” Her favorite thing about getting her education in the Odessa R-7 District has been “the small class sizes and caring educators. My teachers have always been really caring and supportive, and the small class sizes have allowed them to help each student individually.” As for her greatest mentor in life, she does not hesitate in answering who that is.

“My Mom. I think she is really a strong person in every situation, very supportive, very loving. I can always talk to her about anything.” Outside of school activities and events, Sam stays busy with youth group activities at First Baptist Church, including participation in mission trips such as the upcoming mission to Brazil this summer and serving at Camp Barnabus in southern Missouri. She also plays the piano and guitar and has written approximately 30 songs. Her advice to potential high school students is to “figure out who you want to be in life. Are you going to be a leader or a follower? Think about what you want to turn out to be in life and work toward your goals.”

Last of nine Hotmer children to graduate May 11 from OHS All are third-generation graduates by Betty S. Spaar When Robbie Hotmer walks across the stage on Friday, May 11, he will be the last of nine children of Terry Stever and Bill Hotmer to receive a diploma from Odessa High School. Mandy D’Agostino was the first Hotmer to graduate from OHS in 1997. After graduating from Baker University, Baldwin City, Kan., she received a degree from Research Hospital School of Nursing. She and husband, Mike and seven-year-old son, Jake, live in Sandpoint, Idaho. Mrs. D’Agostino is a nurse practitioner in Priest River, Idaho. Annie Hotmer, Odessa, graduated from OHS in 1999. A former Chiefs

cheerleader, she is a director with BeautiControl. Nikki Hotmer, Odessa, is employed at Advantage Insurance in Blue Springs. She graduated in 2001 from OHS. Haley Hotmer Maxon, registered nurse, graduated from OHS in 2005. Her nursing deg ree is from Rockhurst University, Kansas City. She is a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Centerpoint Medical Center. She and husband, Brad, are the parents of two children, a son, Shawn, 1 and sevenweek-old daughter, Zoey, born March 15. Billy Hotmer, a 2006 graduate of OHS, is an Odessa police officer. Joey Hotmer, 20 08 graduate, is a union em-

ployee with Fireball Construction in Kansas City. Tommy Hotmer, who graduated from OHS in 2010, is completing his junior year at Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar. During the fall semester he is considering doing his student teaching at Ozark High School, with Mark Bliss, former OHS football coach, Molly Hotmer, a 2011 g raduate of OHS, is a student at the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg. Robbie Hotmer is considering a career in law enforcement but like many graduates he is uncertain of his future plans. All of the Hotmers are third-generation graduates of OHS.

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Specker to attend MUS&T

Matthew Specker by Bud Jones Matthew Specker, 504 E. Chestnut, is one of the summa cum laude graduates of the Class of 2012 at Odessa High School. He is the son of Steven and Nikki Specker, and the grandson of Donald and Mary Specker. An older brother, Dustin, 21, is in his third year of pursuing a degree in nuclear engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology at Rolla. A younger sister, Kira, 17, is an OHS junior. During high school, Matthew has kept busy with multiple activities, including: >Academic Bowl, participating as a JV team member his freshman and sophomore years, and a varsity team member as a junior and senior. He was varsity team captain as a senior.

>Math relays team all four years. >Speech and debate as a junior and senior. >Future Business Leaders of America all four years, serving as point secretary during sophomore and junior years, chapter president as a senior. >Student Council during sophomore, junior and senior years. >Sophomore class president. >Lafayette County Youth Court all four years. >National Honor Society. >Spanish Club member as a sophomore. He says that his favorite high school activities have been: >Academic Bowl, which he says, “has been a lot of fun, especially this year when I got to serve as team captain.” >Math Relays, “where our team has enjoyed a lot of success.”

>Speech and debate, an activity which “I have enjoyed because it is different than anything I have ever done, and I like debate the most.” Achieving summa cum laude status, he says, came about as a result of “mostly a lot of hard work, and I was willing to do the hard work necessary to make it happen.” Matthew also says he took a lot of weighted classes and was willing to push himself to make sure that his work was always done and that he prepared adequately for all exams. Future plans involve attending Missouri University of Science and Technology to study aerospace engineering. “Space exploration is something that has always interested me, and engineering involves physics and math, both of which I am passionate about, so aerospace engineering seems to be a logical choice of college major.” Looking 10 years into the future, Matthew says he hopes to be working in the field of aerospace engineering, preferably with rockets or some other similar type of product. With the high school experience coming to an end and the rest of his life just beginning, he says, “I am going to miss all the people I have grown up around here in Odessa, but I am also looking forward to the challenges that I will be facing. I am not afraid to take a risk. It is better to try something new and fall on your face the first time than it is to not try at all.”

OHS teachers who have had a significant impact on his life include: >Chad Meyer, of whom Matthew says, “He is a very good teacher, who really cares about his students and has a great sense of humor. I enjoy joking around with him and giving him a hard time.” >Mike Shields is “the teacher who has pushed me the hardest and developed my study and work habits. Preparation for his class also has prepared me for college, and I appreciate it.” M a t t h e w ’s b r o t h e r, Dustin, he credits with being his greatest mentor in life. “My brother has always been a role model for me. He pushes himself to succeed, and I want to be just like him.” Matthew says getting his education in the Odessa R-7 District has allowed him to take advantage of different opportunities and gain great experiences. Still, the district is small enough that he has been able to have good one-on-one assistance from his teachers. His advice to new students who will be entering high school for the first time in August? “Start pushing yourself at the very start of classes. Try to get enrolled in some of the more difficult classes and do as many activities as you can. The best experience in high school comes from being involved in several different activities, so get involved as soon as you can and push yourself to always do your best.”

Odessa High School Commencement

7 p.m., Friday, May 11 University of Central Missouri Multipurpose Building, Warrensburg Please Stand as Seniors Enter Processional...............Pomp and Circumstance, Edward Elgar Welcome..................John W. McGraw, principal Instrumental Selection..................... Undertow, John Mackey Performed by OHS Symphonic Band, Grant Maledy, director Introduction of Speakers......... Robert Brinkley Superintendent of Schools Speakers.......................... Brandon Alumbaugh Molly Baker Jay Baugh Lauren Grubb Makenzie Koch Matthew Specker Samantha Wilson Musical Selections....................................Flight Craig Carnelia Performed by OHS Chamber Choir, Scott Harvey, director Remember Samantha Wilson Performed by OHS Chamber Choir Seniors, Scott Harvey, director Presentation of Class............ John W. McGraw, principal Presentation of Diplomas.............Aaron Dillon, president Odessa R-7 Board of Education Closing..................................... Matthew Brown president Class of 2012 Benediction................Pomp and Circumstance, Edward Elgar

Makenzie Koch heads for Mizzou by Bud Jones Makenzie Koch, 4782 Magruder Rd., rural Odessa, will graduate May 11 as one of the summa cum laude graduates of the Class of 2012 at Odessa High School. “Summa cum laude,” “with the greatest distinction.” She is the daughter of Vernon and Kimberly Koch, Odessa, and the granddaughter of Virgil and Verneal Koch, rural Odessa, Betty Jewett, Olathe, Kan., and Larry and Becky Jewett, Leroy, Kan. Makenzie has a younger brother, Dalton, an OHS freshman. During her high school years, Makenzie has an impressive list of activities, honors and awards: >National Honor Society as a junior and senior, serving as chapter president her senior year; >School newspaper, The Growler, serving as a reporter in her sophomore year and editor her senior year; >Class officer, class secretary as a sophomore and a senior; >Chamber Choir, three years, serving as section leader all three years; > Concert Choir, four years, serving as section leader four years; >Women’s Choir, three years, with three years as section leader; > Show Choi r, t h re e years; >OHS Theatre Productions, sophomore, junior and senior years; > Speech and debate, reader’s threatre as a sophomore and junior, one-act play as a senior; >Cappies, Student Theatre Critique Program, president her senior year. >Academic Letter recipient, four years; >A Honor R oll, four years; >Yearbook staff as a junior.

Makenzie Koch

Makenzie lists her activities in various choirs among her favorite activities. “Choir has not only been an enjoyable activity for me, it also helped me develop leadership skills. As a section leader in choir, you learn the difference between being a leader and just being a boss.” She also lists her activities within her chosen career path of journalism, such as work on the school yearbook and the school newspaper, The Growler. “When I found out I was going to serve as editor for The Growler during my senior year, I was so excited.” Graduating summa cum laude from OHS was a goal of Makenzie’s, and one that she committed to early on in high school. “ T hat com m itment meant a lot of nights getting home late from a school activity and getting a homework assignment done that night, not procrastinating. It requires a commitment to yourself that you are not going to settle for a B+ or A-. The best you can do is what you should do every time.” She says her proudest

moments in high school came at two dif ferent times. First proudest moment was when she learned about her assignment as editor of The Growler. Second proudest moments came, as a result of hours of practice and preparation with a vocal ensemble that received a I rating at state competition. “All the work, all the practice seemed so worth it at that moment. It was really an awesome feeling.” Future plans involve attending the University of Missouri at Columbia and the world-renowned School of Journalism. She plans to major in print journalism. Looking 10 years into the future, she can see herself working as a writer or perhaps an editor at a print publication. Even farther into the future, Makenzie someday would like to be in journalism management or even run her own publication. At this point in her life, with high school coming to an end, and the rest of her life just beginning, she says that she is “really excited, but really scared at the same time. You re-

alize that you have been successful as a high school student, but at the next level, it’s not going to be as easy. Hopefully, I can take that same hard work ethic to MU, because I want to be just as successful there as I was at OHS.” She credits a couple of OHS English teachers with having a significant impact on her educational development: >Mike Shields, senior English teacher, who she says “got me started on my grammar fixation because he is so strict about proper English usage.” and >Kris Poisal, who was “a big influence on me in my sophomore year, when

she got me interested in a career path in writing and journalism.” Makenzie says her father is her greatest mentor in life, simply because “he always encourages me to do everything to the best of my ability. His expectations of me are in line with my own expectations for myself. And he is always supporting me, always pushing me to do whatever makes me the happiest.” She says the best thing about receiving her education in the Odessa R-7 District has been “getting an education from teachers who care about their students. The teachers want to see their stu-

dents succeed, have a good time and learn something, to become better young adults.” In her spare time away from school, Makenzie works part-time for Zion United Church of Christ at Mayview and at The Odessan. Her advice for potential high school students: “Keep focused on doing your best, every day, every assignment, every class. Concentrate on getting your work done and keep it up all four years. But your freshman year is probably the most important, so get off on the right foot and then just keep it going.”

Senior Personalities

Female Male Most Spirited............................................... Celeste Meuschke.................. Matthew Specker

Most Theatrical............................................ Elizabeth Cozart.................... Christian Haase Most Musical................................................ Elizabeth Cozart.................... Chrisitan Haase Most Creative.............................................. Corey Allen............................ Tony Harrison Most Likely to Succeed............................... Cailey Dowell......................... Jay Baugh Most Athletic................................................ Rachael Monteil..................... Caden Leigh Best Looking................................................ Meghan Johnson................... Colton Hilbrenner Best Body..................................................... Celeste Meuschke.................. Zach Torres Best Smile.................................................... Amanda Kannmore............... Josh Thomson Prettiest Eyes.............................................. Corey Allen............................ Brent Gibson Best Dressed................................................ Alyssa Banes.......................... Colton Hilbrenner Best Hair...................................................... Taylor Gilkeson..................... Chris Swearingin Best Personality........................................... Molly Baker........................... Zac Shaw, Josh Thomson Most Memorable.......................................... Rachel DeMoss...................... Amos Bailey Most Unique Laugh..................................... Cailey Dowell......................... Clayton Courtway Most Changed Since Jr. High....................... Ashton Dodson....................... Lee Volmer Least Changed Since Jr. High.......................Jamie Breshears...................... Skyler Holmes Most Optimistic........................................... Molly Baker........................... Josh Thomson Most Sarcastic............................................. Cera White............................. Lee Volmer Most Dependable......................................... Molly Baker........................... Jay Baugh Best Person to be Stuck............................... Rachel DeMoss...................... Tony Harrison in an Elevator With Class Couple................................................ Michaela Harvey................... Christian Hotchkin Class Clown................................................. Rachel DeMoss...................... Tyler Meierarend Best Automobile........................................... Meghan Johnson................... Garrett Fieth Most Sophisticated...................................... Cailey Dowell......................... Jay Baugh Biggest Gossip............................................. Kelsey Cox............................. Michael Boyd Most Likely to Wear Camo.......................... Katie Silvers.......................... Preston Kleoppel Best to Bring Home to................................. Jamie Breshears.................... Jay Baugh Mom and Dad Most Unique................................................ Misty Booe............................. Ian Evans Worst Driver................................................ Marium Ahmed...................... Khyler Wulfekotter Most Likely to Work at................................ Elizabeth Cozart.................... Andrew Schwartzhoff Disneyland Most Likely to Live in Odessa.......................Rilan Smith............................. Roger Cady in 15 years Most Likely to Live with............................. Emily Manczuk...................... Dustin Lancaster Parents in 15 Years Biggest Bookworm....................................... Kaci Manes............................ Traix Heiden Most Likely to Move Out............................. Kinsey Canon........................ Amir Yousef of the Country Likely to be a Star....................................... Samantha Wilson.................. Christian Haase Most Likely to be a Millionaire...................... Lauren Grubb...........................Amos Bailey Most Inspirational....................................... Samantha Wilson.................. Josh Thomson Best Dancer................................................. Alyssa Banes.......................... Khyler Wulfekotter Most Opinionated........................................ Lauren Grubb........................ Ryan Dillon Worst Joke Teller......................................... Cailey Dowell......................... Josh Thomson Worst Case of Senioritis.............................. Amoriah Singer..................... Roger Cady Person We Would Like to............................. Kim Draper............................ Jacob Geary Get to Know Better Most Involved.............................................................................................. Jay Baugh, Matt Brown Friends Forever........................................... Celeste Meuschke, Rilan Smith BFF’s............................................................................................................ Josh Thomson, Michael Boyd

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Cheerleading, Aimee Feagan, competition head coach, Caycee Hays, sideline head coach, Kansas City Regional Champions, Third in State in Class 4 Small Alyssa Banes-Fall Academic All-MRVC West, Kelsey Cox-Fall Academic All-MRVC West, Winter Academic All-MRVC West. Payton Everett-Fall Academic All-MRVC West, Winter Academic All-MRVC West. Taylor Gilkeson-Fall Academic All-MRVC West. Amanda Kannmore-Winter Academic All-MRVC West. Jordan Peek-Fall Academic All-MRVC West, Winter All-MRVC West. Celeste Meuschke. Football, 0-10 overall, 0-5 MRVC West, sixth place, Dan Joiner, head coach Brandon Alumbaugh-Academic All-MRVC West. Zach Torres-Academic All-MRVC West. Tanner Eastabrooks-Academic All-MRVC West. Chris Swearingin-Academic All-MRVC West, Honorable Mention All-MRVC West Linebacker. Nathan Campbell-Academic All-MRVC West. Devon Mansfield-Honorable Mention All-MRVC West Receiver/Tight End. Steven Legate. Cole Estes. Michael Boyd. Forest Palmer. Dustin Lancaster. Levi Lathrop.

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Volleyball, 19-8-1 overall, 8-2 MRVC West, second place, Amber Barkley, head coach Rachael Monteil-First Team All-MRVC West, Academic All-MRVC West, MHSVCA Class 3 Central/South Central First Team All-Region, MHSVCA Academic All-State. Samantha Wilson-First Team All-MRVC West, Academic All-MRVC West, MHSVCA Class 3 Central/South Central Second Team All-Region, MHSVCA Academic All-State. Meghan Johnson-Second Team All-MRVC West, Academic All-MRVC West, MHSVCA Class 3 Central/South Central Second Team All-Region, MHSVCA Academic All-State. Emily Manczuk-Second Team All-MRVC West, Academic All-MRVC West, MHSVCA Class 3 Central/South Central Honorable Mention All-Region, MHSVCA Academic All-State. Kristen Lang-Academic All-MRVC West, MHSVCA Academic All-State. Samantha Floyd-Academic All-MRVC West, MHSVCA Academic All-State. Rilan Smith-Academic All-MRVC West. Softball, 9-17 overall, 4-6 MRVC West, fourth place, Kerry Shaw, head coach No senior softball players on the roster. Cross Country, Girls-fourth place at MRVC meet, Boys-fourth place at MRVC meet, Zachary Meler, head coach Tyler Meierarend-second place finish at MRVC meet, 78th place finish in the 2011 State Championships. Jay Baugh-Academic All-MRVC. Lauren Grubb-Academic All-MRVC. Tabitha Clark-Academic All-MRVC. Girls Tennis, 5-10 overall, 2-4 MRVC West, third place, sixth place at MRVC Tournament, Allan Twilligear, head coach Cailey Dowell. Girls Golf, 8-12 overall, Chad Meyer, head coach Rachel DeMoss-sectional tournament qualifier. Clara Scott-sectional tournament qualifier. Wrestling, 10-0 overall, 5-0 MRVC West, Conference Champions, Class 2 District 3 Champions, fifth place at State Championships Josh Thomson-Team Captain, First Team All-MRVC West at 160 pounds, first place at MRVC Tournament at 160, State Champion at 160. Jack Shull-Team Captain, Second Team All-MRVC West at 120 pounds, second place at MRVC Tournament at 113, District Champion at 120, fourth at State Championships at 120. Michael Boyd-Team Captain, Second Team All-MRVC West at 170 pounds, second place at MRVC Tournament at 170, District Champion at 170, fourth at State Championships at 170. Levi Lathrop-Team Captain, fifth place at MRVC Tournament at 285. Girls Basketball, 8-19 overall, 2-8 MRVC West, fifth place, Tony Armstrong, head coach Rachael Monteil-Academic All-MRVC West. Boys Basketball, 6-20 overall, 1-9 MRVC West, tied Excelsior Springs for fifth place, Philip Courter, head coach Jay Baugh-Team Captain, Academic All-MRVC West, MBCA Academic All-State, recipient of the All Out Award. Zac Shaw-Team Captain, Academic All-MRVC West. Caden Leigh-Defensive Player of the Year. Garrett Fieth. Track & Field, Allan Twilligear, head coach Tabitha Clark, Lauren Grubb, Celeste Meuschke, Rachael Monteil, Samantha Wilson, Tyler Meierarend. Baseball, Kerry Shaw, head coach Brandon Alumbaugh, Ryan Crabtree, Tanner Eastabrooks, Colton Hilbrenner, Preston Kleoppel, Dustin Lancaster, Forest Palmer, Colt Roncali, Zac Shaw, Chris Swearingin. Boys Golf, 3-12 overall, fifth place at MRVC West Tournament, Chad Meyer, head coach Michael Payne, Lee Volmer, Zach Torres. Boys Tennis, Kyle Barkley, head coach Jay Baugh, Josh Thomson, Garrett Fieth, Logan Shields, Khyler Wulfekotter, Tony Harrison, Michael Boyd.

Choir Senior Accomplishments 2012, Scott Harvey Molly Baker – Concert Choir 2009-2010 “I” Rating; Chamber Choir 2010-2011 “I” Rating; Concert Choir 2010-2011 “II” Rating; Women’s Choir 2010-2011 “I” Rating; Varsity Chamber Women’s Sextet District “I” Rating 2012; Varsity Chamber Women’s Sextet State “II” Rating 2012; Varsity Women’s Sextet District “I” Rating 2012; Varsity Women’s Sextet State “I” Rating 2012; Founding Member of Ovation 2009-2012. Misty Booe – Women’s Choir 2009-2010 “II” Rating; Women’s Choir 2010-2011 “I” Rating; Women’s Choir 2011-2012 “II” Rating. Michael Boyd – Men’s Choir 2011-2012 “I” Rating; Concert Choir 2011-2012 “I” Rating; Chamber Choir 2011-2012 “I” Rating; Ovation Member 2011-2012. Matthew Brown – Men’s Choir 2011-2012 “I” Rating; Concert Choir 2011-2012 “I” Rating; Ovation Member 2011-2012. Dane Callahan – Men’s Choir 2011-2012 “I” Rating; Concert Choir 2011-2012 “I” Rating; Ovation Member 2011-2012; Solo District Music Contest 2012“II” Rating. Jesse Chambers – Men’s Choir 2009-2010 “II” Rating; Men’s Choir 2010-2011 “I” Rating; Concert Choir 2010-2011 “II” Rating; Chamber Choir 2010-2011 “I” Rating; Men’s Choir 2011-2012 “I” Rating; Concert Choir 2011-2012 “I” Rating; Chamber Choir 2011-2012 “I” Rating; JV Men’s Double Quartet District Music Contest 2010 “II” Rating; Varsity Men’s Double Quartet 2011 District Music Contest “II” Rating; West-Central MMEA All-District Choir Member 2010, 2011; Founding Ovation Member 2009-2012. Elizabeth Cozart – Concert Choir 2008-2009 “I” Rating; Concert Choir 2009-2010 “I” Rating; Chamber Choir 2009-2010 “I” Rating; Women’s Choir 2010-2011 “I” Rating; Concert Choir 2010-2011 “II” Rating; Chamber Choir 2010-2011 “I” Rating; Women’s Choir 2011-2012 “II” Rating; Concert Choir 2011-2012 “I” Rating; Chamber Choir 2011-2012 “I” Rating; Women’s Varsity Trio District “II” Rating 2009; Women’s Varsity Trio District “II” Rating 2010; Varsity Women’s Sextet District “I” Rating 2010; Varsity Women’s Sextet State “I” Rating 2010; Varsity Women’s Trio District “III” Rating 2011; Varsity Women’s Sextet District “I” Rating 2011; Varsity Women’s Sextet State “I” Rating 2011; Varsity Chamber Women’s Sextet District “I” Rating 2012; Varsity Chamber Women’s Sextet State “II” Rating 2012; Varsity Women’s Sextet District “I” Rating 2012; Varsity Women’s Sextet State “I” Rating 2012; Solo District Music Contest “I” Rating 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012; Solo State Music Contest “II” Rating 2010; Solo State Music Contest “I” Rating 2009, 2011, 2012; West-Central MMEA All-District Choir 2010, 2011; MMEA Missouri All-State Choir 2011-2012; Founding Ovation Member 2009-2012. Johnothon Dillon – Concert Choir 2008-2009 “I” Rating; Concert Choir 2009-2010 “I” Rating; Chamber Choir 2009-2010 “I” Rating; Men’s Choir 2010-2011 “I” Rating; Concert Choir 2010-2011 “II” Rating; Chamber Choir 2010-2011 “I” Rating; Men’s Choir 2011-2012 “I” Rating; Concert Choir 2011-2012 “I” Rating; Chamber Choir 2011-2012 “I” Rating; Solo District Music Contest “II” Rating 2010; Solo District Music Contest “I” Rating 2011, 2012; Solo State Music Contest “II” rating 2011, 2012; Varsity Mixed Double Quartet District “I” Rating 2010; Men’s 8 (double quartet) District “I” Rating 2009; Men’s 8 State “II” Rating 2009; Varsity Mixed Double Quartet State “I” Rating 2010; Chamber Choir Men’s Quartet District “II” Rating 2011; Men’s Double Quartet District “II” Rating 2011; Men’s Varsity Quartet District “I” Rating 2012; Men’s Varsity Quartet State “II” Rating 2012; West-Central MMEA All-District Choir 2010, 2011; Founding Ovation Member 2009-2012. Ryan Dillon – Men’s Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; Concert Choir “II” Rating 2010-2011; Chamber Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; Men’s Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Concert Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Chamber Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Chamber Men’s Quartet District “I” Rating 2012; Chamber Men’s Quartet State “II” Rating 2012; West-Central MMEA All-District Choir Member 2011; MMEA Missouri All-State Choir Member 2011-2012; Founding Ovation Member 2009-2012. Cailey Dowell – Women’s Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; Concert Choir “II” Rating 2010-2011; Chamber Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; Women’s Choir “II” Rating 2011-2012; Concert Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Chamber Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Varsity Women’s Sextet District “I” Rating 2011; Varsity Women’s Sextet State “I” Rating 2011; Varsity Chamber Sextet District “I” Rating 2012; Varsity Chamber Sextet State “II” Rating 2012; West-Central MMEA All-District Choir Member 2010; Ovation Member 2010-2012. Payton Everett – Women’s Choir “II” Rating; Concert Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Ovation Member 2011-2012. Garrett Fieth – Men’s Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Concert Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Ovation Member 2011-2012. Kelly Gamblin - Concert Choir “I” Rating 2008-2009; Concert Choir “I” Rating 2009-2010; Concert Choir “II” Rating 2010-2011; Concert Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Founding Ovation Member 2009-2010. Michaela Harvey – Concert Choir “I” Rating 2008-2009; Concert Choir “I” Rating 2009-2010; Women’s Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; Concert Choir “II” Rating 2010-2011; Women’s Choir “II” Rating 2011-2012; Concert Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012. Christian Haase – Concert Choir “I” Rating 2009-2010; Men’s Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; Concert Choir “II” Rating 2010-2011; Chamber Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; Men’s Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Concert Choir “I” Rating 20112012; Chamber Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Mixed Double Quartet District “II” Rating 2009; Mixed Double Quartet District “I” Rating 2010; Mixed Double Quartet State “III” Rating; Mixed Quartet District “I” Rating 2012; Mixed Double Quartet State “I” Rating 2012; West-Central MMEA All-District Choir Member 2011; Founding Ovation Member 2009-2012. Traix Heiden – Concert Choir “I” Rating 2009-2010; Men’s Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; Concert Choir “II” Rating 2010-2011; Men’s Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Concert Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Chamber Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Varsity Men’s Double Quartet District “I” Rating 2010; Varsity Men’s Double Quartet State “III” Rating 2010; Chamber Choir Men’s Quartet District “III” Rating 2011; Chamber Choir Men’s Quartet District “I” Rating 2012; Chamber Choir Men’s Quartet State “II” Rating 2012; Solo District “II” Rating 2010, 2011; Solo District “I” Rating 2012; Solo State “II” Rating 2012; West-Central MMEA All-District Choir Member 2010, 2011; Founding Ovation Member 2009-2012. Meghan Johnson – Women’s Choir “II” Rating 2011-2012; Concert Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Ovation Member 2011-2012. Whitney Kidwell – Women’s Choir “II” Rating 2009-2010; Women’s Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; Women’s Choir “II” Rating 2011-2012. Tayler Klemenz – Women’s Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; Concert Choir “II” Rating 2010-2011; Women’s Choir “II” Rating 2011-2012; Concert Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012. Makenzie Koch – Concert Choir “I” Rating 2008-2009; Concert Choir “I” Rating 2009-2010; Chamber Choir “I” Rating 2009-2010; Women’s Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; Concert Choir “II” Rating 2010-2011; Chamber Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; Women’s Choir “II” Rating 2011-2012; Concert Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Chamber Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Varsity Women’s Trio District “II” Rating 2009; VaristyWomen’s Trio District “II” Rating 2010; Varsity Women’s Sextet District “I” Rating 2010; Varsity Women’s Sextet State “I” Rating 2010; Varsity Women’s Trio District “III Rating 2011; Varsity Women’s Sextet District “I” Rating 2011; Varsity Women’s Sextet State “I” Rating 2011; Varsity Chamber Sextet District “I” Rating 2012; Varsity Chamber Sextet State “II” Rating 2012; Varsity Sextet District “I” Rating 2012; Varsity Sextet State “I” Rating 2012; Solo District “II” Rating 2009, 2011, 2012; Solo District “III” Rating 2010; West-Central MMEA All-District Choir 2010, 2011; Founding Ovation Member 2009-2012. Emmitt Mort – Concert Choir “I” Rating 2008-2009; Men’s Choir “II” Rating 2009-2012; Concert Choir “I” Rating 2009-2010; Men’s Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; Concert Choir “II” Rating 20102011; Men’s Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Concert Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Varsity Men’s Double Quartet District “I” Rating 2010; Varsity Men’s Double Quartet State “III” Rating 2010; Men’s Quartet District “II” Rating 2012; Founding Ovation Member 2009-2010. Jordan Peek – Women’s Choir “II” Rating 2011-2012; Concert Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Ovation Member 2011-2012. Dyllan Ratigan – Men’s Choir “II” Rating 2009-2010; Men’s Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; Concert Choir “II” Rating 2010-2011; Men’s Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Concert Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Mixed Double Quartet District “II” Rating 2010; Varsity Mixed Double Quartet District “II’ Rating 2011; Men’s Concert Choir Quartet District “II” Rating 2012. Clara Scott – Concert Choir “I” Rating 2009-2010; Women’s Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; Concert Choir “II” Rating 2010-2011; Women’s Choir “II” Rating 2011-2012; Concert Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Chamber Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Founding Ovation Member 2009-2012. Logan Shields – Concert Choir “I” Rating 20082009; Concert Choir “I” Rating 2009-2010; Chamber Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; Men’s Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; Concert Choir “II” Rating 2010-2011; Chamber Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; Men’s Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Concert Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Chamber Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Men’s Double Quartet District “I” Rating 2010; Men’s Double Quartet State “III” Rating 2010; Solo District “II” Rating 2011; Solo District “I” Rating 2012; Solo State “II” Rating 2012; West-Central All-District Choir Member 2010, 2011; Founding Ovation Member 2009-2012. Lee Volmer – Men’s Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Concert Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Chamber Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Ovation Member 2011-2012. Cera White – Concert Choir “I” Rating 2009-2010; Women’s Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; Concert Choir “II” Rating 2010-2011; Chamber Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; JV Women’s Sextet District “I” Rating 2010; JV Women’s Sextet State “II” Rating 2010; Founding Ovation Member 2009-2012. Hannah Wieligman – Women’s Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; Women’s Choir “II” Rating 2011-2012. Victoria Williams – Women’s Choir “II” Rating 2009-2010; Women’s Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; Women’s Choir “II” Rating 2011-2012. Sam Wilson – Concert Choir “I” Rating 2009-2010; Chamber Choir “I” Rating 2009-2010; Women’s Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; Concert Choir “II” Rating 2010-2011; Chamber Choir “I” Rating 2010-2011; Women’s Choir “II” Rating 2011-2012; Concert Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Chamber Choir “I” Rating 2011-2012; Women’s Varsity Sextet District “I” Rating 2010; Women’s Varsity Sextet State “I” Rating 2010; Women’s Varsity Sextet District “I” Rating 2011; Women’s Varsity Sextet State “I” Rating 2011; Varsity Chamber Women’s Sextet District “I” Rating 2012; Varsity Chamber Women’s Sextet State “II” Rating 2012; Varsity Women’s Sextet District “I” Rating 2012; Varsity Women’s Sextet State “I” Rating 2012; West-Central MMEA All-District Choir Member 2011; Founding Ovation Member 2009-2012. Speech & Debate - Sarah Esser Amos Bailey- District Speech, Theatre, and Debate Competition; State Qualifier, 2nd place, One-Act Play; District Finalist, 5th place, Original Oratory; MRVC Conference Champion, 1st place, Radio Speaking, 2nd place, Original Oratory, 2nd place, One-Act Play. Ryan Dillon- District Speech, Theatre, and Debate Competiton; State Qualifier, 2nd place, Duet Acting, 3rd place, Reader’s Theatre, MRVC Conference, 3rd place, Reader’s Theatre, 1st place, Reader’s Theatre. Christian Haase- District Speech, Theatre, and Debate Competition; State Qualifier, 2nd place, One-Act Play, MRVC Conference, 1st Place, Lead Actor (One-Act Play), 2nd place, One-Act Play. Matt Brown- District Speech, Theatre, and Debate Competition; State Qualifier, Student Director of 2nd place One-Act Play, MRVC Conference, Student Director of 2nd place One-Act Play. Zachary Eggert- District Speech, Theatre, and Debate Competition; State Qualifier, 2nd place One-Act Play, MRVC Conference, 3rd place, Reader’s Theatre. Andrew Schwartzhoff- District Speech, Theatre, and Debate Competition; State Qualifier, 2nd place, One-Act Play, 6th place, Poetry Reading, MRVC Conference, 2nd place, One-Act Play, 2nd place, Lead Actor (One-Act Play). Makenzie Koch- District Speech, Theatre, and Debate Competition; State Qualifier, 2nd place, One-Act Play, MRVC Conference, 2nd place, One-Act Play. Elizabeth Cozart- District Speech, Theatre, and Debate Competition; State Qualifier, 2nd place One-Act Play, MRVC Conference, 2nd place, One-Act Play, Best Supporting Actress, One-Act Play. Jesse Chambers- District Speech, Theatre, and Debate Competition; State Qualifier, 2nd place, One-Act Play, MRVC Conference, 2nd place, One-Act Play. DECA - Jessica Wade Alyssa Banes- District Competition: 1st Financial Literacy Promotion Project; State Competition, 4th Financial Literacy Promotion Project. Lauren Grubb- District Competition: 1st Sports and Entertainment Research; State Competition, 4th Sports and Entertainment Research. Jessica Kurtz- District Competition: 6th Food Marketing. Andrew Schwartzhoff- District Competition: 2nd Marketing Communications Team. Levi Smith- District Competition: 2nd Marketing Communications Team, 2nd Business Services; Otis Spunkmeyer National Scholarship Winner, $1,000; 4-year DECA letter winner. Bria Strickland- District Competition: 3rd Marketing Management. Industrial/Engineering Technology - Jason Rathert Jacob Geary- State Qualifier for Woods. Nathan Campbell, State Qualifier for Woods. Chris Wilcoxson, TSA Honor, helped design and drive a high mileage car to average 120 mpg. Matt Brown, TSA Honor, Robotics team lead proramer KU Engineering Day Champion. Ryan Dillon, Robotics team KU Engineering Day Champion. Christian Haase- Robotics team KU Engineering Day Champion. Jr. Meinershagen, Robotics team KU Engineering Day Champion, helped design and drive a high mileage car to average 120 mpg. Colton Hilbrenner, 1st place Districts. Katie Silvers, 1st place Districts. Math Relay Team - Melisa Livengood Freshman Year: Amos Bailey, Jesse Chambers, Ryan Dillon, Kelly Gamblin, Christian Haase, Bailey Simonetti, Matthew Specker, Zach Torres,Warrensburg HS: 5th place school, Matthew Specker – 2nd place Overall Freshman; Smith Cotton Hs: 3rd place school. Sophomore Year: Amos Bailey, Brent Gibson, Matthew Specker, Warrensburg HS: 1st place school, Smith Cotton: 1st place school, Matthew Specker – 2nd place Overall Sophomore. Amos Bailey – 3rd place Overall Sophomore, UCM: 3rd place school. Junior Year: Amos Bailey, Molly Baker, Tabitha Clark, Brent Gibson, Traix Heiden, Matthew Specker, Warrensburg HS: 1st place school, Brent Gibson – 3rd place overall Junior, Matthew Specker – 4th place overall Junior, Smith Cotton: 1st place school, Brent Gibson – 2nd place overall Junior, UCM: 4th place school, Brent Gibson – 1st place overall Junior. Senior Year: Amos Bailey, Tabitha Clark, Brent Gibson, Traix Heiden, Logan Shields, Matthew Specker, Warrensburg HS: 2nd place school, Brent Gibson – 1st place overall Senior, Traix Heiden – 3rd place overall Senior, Matthew Specker – 4th palce overall Senior, Smith Cotton HS: 2nd place school, Brent Gibson – 1st place overall Senior, Matthew Specker- 5th place overall Senior, UCM: 1st place school, Brent Gibson – 1st place overall Senior, American Mathematics Competition at Park University – Grade 12 Winner was Brent Gibson. FFA - Bill Angel Ryan Dillon – Greenhand FFA Degree, Chapter FFA Degree, Leadership medal, Scholarship medal, 2-year member, Chapter Vice President, FFA CDE Dairy Foods team, State Leadership Camp, State Leadership medal, National FFA Convention, National FFA Courtesy Corps, Officer Leadership workshops. Jacob Geary- Greenhand FFA Degree, Chapter FFA Degree, State FFA Degree, Chapter Leadership Medal, Chapter Scholarship Medal, 4 Year FFA Member, Outstanding Ag. Science II Student, Outstanding Ag. Mechanics student, Chapter FFA Offices of: Sentinel, Reporter, FFA CDE’s: Dairy Cattle Judging, Forestry, Ag. Mechanics, State Convention, State Courtesy Corp, National Convention, National Courtesy Corp, State Delegate, 4 Year Trap Team Member, Trapshooting Awards: Pro Marksman, Marksman, Marksman First Class, Sharpshooter, Expert, Barnwarming, Farm Show, Chapter Banquet, Highway Trash Clean Up, Officer Leadership Workshops. Katie Silvers- Odessa FFA Chapter Reporter, 2009-2010; Vice President, 2010-2011; President, 2011-2012, 4 year member, Lafayette County 4-H/FFA Fair Senior Rabbit Showmanship, 2011, FFA Chapter Leadership Award, FFA Chapter Scholarship Award, FFA State Leadership Degree, FFA State Courtesy Corps, FFA Greenhand Degree, FFA Chapter Degree, State FFA Degree, Delagate to State, FFA Knowledge CDE, FFA Parliamentary Procedures CDE, Horse CDE (state), Agronomy CDE, Dairy Cattle CDE, FFA Leadership Camp, State Convention, National Convention, 4 year member of trap team, Trapshooting awards: Pro Marksman, Marksman, Marksman First Class, Sharpshooter. Michael Casselman- A 4 year member of the Odessa FFA Chapter, Forestry CDE, FFA Green hand Degree, FFA Chapter Degree, FFA Camp participant, Trap shooter for 4 years, Trapshooting awards: Pro Marksman, Marksman, Marksman First Class, Sharpshooter, Expert, lettered. Ryan Crabtree - Attended National FFA Convention, Preview Mizzou Trip, Livestock CDE, Greenhand Degree, Leadership medal, Scholarship medal. Nathan Campbell - Greenhand FFA Degree, Chapter FFA Degree, State FFA Degree, Chapter Leadership Medal, Chapter Scholarship Medal, 4 Year FFA Member, Outstanding Ag. Science I Student Outstanding Ag Mechanics student, Livestock CDE, Creed Speaking, State FFA Convention, National FFA Convention, Trapshooting Awards: Pro Marksman, Marksman, Marksman First Class, Sharpshooter, Expert, Distinguished Expert. Preston Kleoppel - Greenhand FFA Degree, Chapter FFA Degree, Chapter Leadership Medal, Chapter Scholarship Medal, 4 Year FFA Member, Livestock CDE, National FFA Convention. Ian Carlyle - Greenhand FFA Degree, Chapter FFA Degree, Chapter Leadership Medal, Chapter Scholarship Medal. Taylor Davis - Greenhand FFA Degree, Chapter FFA Degree, Chapter Leadership Medal, Chapter Scholarship Medal. Seniors that are in AG, but did not join the FFA: Zach Eggert, Christian Hotchkin, Michael Payne. Band - Grant Maledy Molly Baker- 4 Years of Concert Band, 4 Years of Marching Band , 2 years of Musical, 1 year All-District Honorable Mention band, 1 year UMKC Honor Band, 2 at District Solo, flute section leader. Bailey Davis- 3 Years of Concert Band, 3 Years of Marching Band, 1 year UMKC honor band, 1 year MRVC All- Conference Honor Band, Bass Clarinet Section Leader. Johnothon Dillon- 4 Years of Concert Band, 4 Years of Marching Band, 1 year of jazz band, NWMSU’s 4-State Honor Band, 1 Year MRVC all- conference band, 4 years UMKC Honor band, Drum Major, Two years of Musical, II at district solo, I at district solo, I at state solo. Taylor Gilkeson- 4 Years of Concert Band, 4 Years of Marching Band, 3 years of Winter guard, clarinet section leader. Traix Heiden- 4 Years of Concert Band, 4 Years of Marching Band, 4 years of Jazz Band, 2 years of Winter Drumline, Two years of Musical. Skyler Pryor- 4 Years of Concert Band, 4 Years of Marching Band, 4 years of UMKC Honor Band, 1 year of MRVC Conference Honor Band. Clara Scott- 4 Years of Concert Band, 4 Years of Marching Band, 4 years of winter drumline. Logan Shields- 4 Years of Concert Band, 4 Years of Marching Band, one year of Musical, 3 at district solo, 2 at district solo, 2 years UMKC Honor band, low brass section leader. Hunter Watson- 4 Years of Concert Band, 4 Years of Marching Band, 2 years UMKC Honor Band, 4 years of Jazz Band, beginning band tutor. Cera White- 4 Years of Concert Band, 3 Years of Marching Band, 3 year winter guard member, 2 year color guard member. Dalton Whittle- 4 Years of Concert Band, 4 Years of Marching Band, 4 years of Jazz Band, 1 year UMKC Honor Band. Victoria Williams- 4 Years of Concert Band, 4 Years of Marching Band, 3 years of color guard, 4 years of winter guard, 1 year jazz band, 1 year MRVC all conference honor band.

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R-7 District Office 701 South Third, Odessa,

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