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Concordia High School Class of 2014

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Christian Ainsworth

Marcus Baldwin

Morgan Bell

Brandan Berg

Austin Beydler

Emily Blankenship

Taylor Borgstadt

Cassidy Brockman

David Bruce

Audrey Buesing

Emily Fain

Nora Faris

Ashley Forrester

Logan Foster

Cass Heimsoth

Morgan Hilbrenner

Austin Hon

Austin Hoover

Christian Michael Ainsworth is the son of Troy Ainsworth of Concordia. His activities and honors include athletic C-Club, football statistician and player, golf, basketball and Concordia Music Masters. He plans to attend State Fair Community College in Sedalia. Marcus Layne Allen Baldwin is the son of Kevin and Lisa Baldwin of Concordia. His activities and honors include football, baseball, golf, C-Club, football all-conference and all-district first team defense. His future plans are

undecided. Morgan Nicole Bell is the daughter of Shelli Mulligan of Concordia and Dave Bell of Knob Noster. Her activities and honors include softball, Athletic C-Club, Academic CClub, Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Big Time Basketball and honor roll. She plans to attend University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and major in nursing. Brandan Alan Berg is the son of John and Sandra Berg of Concordia. He plans to attend University of Central Missouri

and major in the medical field. Austin Joseph Beydler is the son of Joe and Melinda Beydler of Concordia. His activities and honors include football co-captain, I-70 All-Conference football receiver, basketball, baseball, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) vice president and district honors, student council treasurer, Big Time Basketball coach, Marching Orioles and concert band. He plans to attend University of Missouri in Columbia and major in business administration.

Emily Michelle Blankenship is the daughter of Bill and Sandy Blankenship of Concordia. Her activities and honors include volleyball, basketball, softball, band, pep band and Athletic C-Club. She plans to attend Missouri State University in Springfield and major in pre-dental. Taylor Leigh Borgstadt is the daughter of Steve and Diane Borgstadt of Concordia. Her activities and honors include basketball, track, Academic C-Club, Athletic C-Club, FBLA, student council and A+ student program. She

plans to attend State Fair Community College and major in early childhood education. Cassidy Nicole Brockman is the daughter of JJ Brockman of Concordia and Cody Brockman of Stover. Her activities and honors include volleyball, football cheerleading, twirling, basketball, track, Athletic CClub, Academic C-Club, FCCLA, honor roll, student council and pep band. She plans to attend University of Central Missouri and major in early childhood education. David Michael Bruce is the son of Carol Bruce of Con-

cordia and Michael Bruce of Springfield. He plans to study food safety and inspection services with the United States Department of Agriculture and become a USDA inspector. Audrey Christine Buesing is the daughter of Marvin and Sheila Buesing of Concordia. Her activities and honors include FFA patch, I-70 Conference choir and perfect attendance patch. She plans to attend Central Christian Collage of the Bible in Moberly and major in art. Emily Scarlett Fain is the daughter of William and Debra


Concordia High School Class of 2014

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Kayla Kock

Danielle Krause

Cody Langkraehr

Nykki Lynn

Katie Meck

Cory Meineka

Truman Reith

Bristol Schnakenberg

James Sherman

Kayla Sinclair

Collin Sleeper

Emily Small

Kylie Small

Keaton Stuart

Trent Summers

Dalton Treat

Rachel Treece

Hailey White

Fain of Concordia. Her activities and honors include A+ program, senior variety show and district choir. She plans to attend State Fair Community College and major in graphic design. Nora Jo Faris is the daughter of Paul and Betty Faris of Concordia. Her activities and honors include FFA — state vice president from area VI, area VI association president and Concordia chapter president — FBLA district 19 president and reporter, Concordia chapter president, vice president and parliamentarian —

Lafayette County Youth Court chief judge, associate judge and steering committee member — yearbook, Marching Orioles, concert band, National Honor Society (NHS), science olympiad, math relays, quiz bowl, Bethel United Church of Christ Chorus, Lafayette County Election Commission volunteer, National Merit Scholar, Missouri Scholars 100, Missouri Institute of Cooperatives Speaking Contest state winner, Robert J. Stuckey Essay Contest/Friend of MU Libraries winner, GD-Reagan Foundation Scholar semi-final-

ist, Missouri Pork Association Ambassador, Washington Crossing Foundation Scholar, National Foundation for Women Legislators Bill of Rights Essay Contest national winner, United States Senate Youth Program Missouri first alternate, American Legion Auxiliary Missouri Girls State delegate, American Legion Samsung Award recipient, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour delegate, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge National delegate, Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy Audio

Essay Contest state winner and national finalist, Norstom Scholars finalist, State Agricultural Education Proficiency winner-FFA, Foundation of Individual Rights in Education “Freedom in Academia” Essay Contest national winner, State Solo Music Contest flute and piano Superior Ratings, Concordia Fall Festival Queen, Friends of the NRA Youth Education Summit delegate and national scholarship winer, National Society of the Colonial Dames of America Congressional Seminar Essay Contest state winner and national dele-

gate, Bill of Rights Institute Constitutional Academy delegate, Daughters of the American Revolution Christopher Columbus Essay Contest state winner, American Legion Oratorical Contest Missouri Department finalist, FBLA national competitor in business math, Bill of Rights Institute Being and American Essay Contest national finalist and Ag Day Essay Contest national winner. She plans to attend University of Missouri-Columbia and major in journalism and public policy/agricultural economics.

Ashley Rana Forrester is the daughter of Dawn Hollis of Concordia and Mark Forrester of Marshall. She plans to attend University of Central Missouri. Logan Andrew Foster is the daughter of Sam and Jennifer Foster of Concordia. Her activities and honors include golf, Concordia Music Masters, football statistician, Academic C-Club and Athletic C-Club. She plans to attend Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan. and major in culinary arts. (continued on page 4)


PAGE 4 — THE CONCORDIAN, Concordia, Missouri, Wednesday, May 7, 2014 (continued from page 3) Cass Jordan Heimsoth is the son of Brett and Cindy Heimsoth of Concordia. His activities and honors include allconference, all-district and KMZU Dream Team football, all-conference and KMZU Dream Team basketball, allconference and all-district baseball, Athletic C-Club, Academic C-Club, Big Time Basketball, Top Awards in history, contemporary issues, government, business tech and geometry. He plans to attend University of Central Missouri and major in wildlife and fisheries conservation. Morgan Lynn Hillbrenner is the daughter of Adam and Cindy Hemme of Concordia. Her activities and honors include basketball, volleyball, FBLA, FCCLA, principal’s honor roll, superintendent’s honor roll, Wemet Dual Credit Scholarship recipient, Bright Futures Better Families student representative, color guard member and captain. She plans to attend University of Central Missouri and major in accounting and finance. Austin Keith Hon is the son of Eric and Heather Hon of Concordia. His activities and honors include all-conference, all-district, all-state and football captain, academic all-state, allconference and baseball captain, all-conference, KMZU Dream Team and basketball captain, all-conference, section leader and Bob Dotson Award in band, student council, NHS, Academic C-Club, Athletic CClub, principal’s honor roll, sophomore, junior and senior class secretary, Concordia Music Masters, Missouri Boys State, baseball and FFA community service, Big Time Basketball coach and church youth group leader. He plans to attend Missouri State University in Springfield and major in physical education. Austin Lee Hoover is the son of Randy and Cicily Hoover of Concordia. His activities include FFA and golf. He plans to join the United States Army and become a history teacher. Kayla Danielle Kock is the daughter of Ovi Kock and Lorrie Kock of Concordia. Her activities and honors include band, cheerleading, volleyball, color guard, NHS and academic honor roll. She plans to attend University of Central Missouri and major in nursing. Danielle Olivia Krause is the daughter of Chad and Lind-

say Krause of Concordia. Her activities and honors include softball, FBLS, student council secretary, senior class treasurer, Concordia Music Masters, color guard captain and I-70 All-Conference band. She plans to attend Central Methodist University in Fayette and major in business entrepreneurship. Cody Ray Langkraehr is the son of Mark and Diana Langkraehr of Concordia. His activities and honors include FFA, NHS, Academic C-Club, A+ student program, honor roll, first quarter top senior student, Top Awards in algebra I, algebra II, reading and writing, language arts II, language arts III and biology. He plans to attend State Fair Community College and major in automotive, then transfer to Fort Scott Community College in Frontenac, Kan. to enter the John Deere tech program. Nykki Leigh Lynn is the daughter of Byron Lynn of Concordia and Alane Lynn of Emma. Her honors include Top Award in Spanish and comp IV earning all A’s award. She plans to become a writer. Katie Renae Meck is the daughter of Richard and Merritt Meck of Concordia. Her activities and honors include bowling team and Concordia Music Masters. She plans to own her own bakery. Cory Robert Meineka is the son of Robert and Angie Meineka of Concordia. His activities and honors include football all-conference punter, defensive line and running back, basketball, baseball, track, golf, C-Club, student council, Big Time Basketball coach and Mr. CHS. He plans to attend film school. Truman Allen Reith is the son of Kim Reith of Emma and Rick Reith of Warrensburg. His activities and honors include baseball, A+ tutoring and CClub. He plans to attend Missouri Welding Institute in Nevada. Bristol Michelle Schnakenberg is the daughter of Terry Schnakenberg and Janice Brandt of Concordia. Her activities include softball, volleyball, cheerleading and FFA. She plans to attend State Fair Community College and major in agriculture. James Anthony Sherman is the son of Mike and Katie Link of Higginsville. His activities and honors include NHS, class treasurer, football, basketball and C-Club. He plans to at-

Concordia High School Baccalaureate Concordia High School Gymnasium Sunday, April 27, 2014

Processional

“Fanfare and Processional” High School Band Star Spangled Banner High School Band Welcome and Opening Prayer Branch President Val Day, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day SaintsSaints Special Music “Air for Band” High School Band Scripture Reading Pastor Jason Mahurin New Life Assembly of God Special Music “I Hear a Voice a Prayin” High School Choir Speaker Rev. Dr. Alan Gatewood, Bethel United Church of Christ Special Presentation Senior Class Memories Prayer for the Graduates Pastor Jason Mahurin Benediction Branch President Val Day The baccalaureate service was co-sponsored by the Concordia Interfaith Alliance. Commencement Exercises Concordia High School Gymnasium Friday, May 9, 2014 • 6:00 p.m.

Processional

“Pomp and Circumstance” High School Band Introduction of Speakers Brandon Figg, Principal Welcome Hailey White Special Music “Remember When” High School Choir Senior Address Rachel Treece, Nora Faris Special Music “Last Ride of the Pony Express” High School Band Scholarships Kimberly Brunkhorst, Guidance Counselor Introduction of Board of Education President Brandon Figg, Principal Presentation of Diplomas Bart Brackman, Board President Distribution of Roses to Family and Friends Emily Small Farewell James “Tony” Sherman Class Officers Rachel Treece, President Logan Foster, Vice President Austin Hon, Secretary Danielle Krause, Treasurer Emily Small and Austin Hon, Student Council Representatives Tessa Moulton and ReVay Schlitt, Class Sponsors Class Motto “This is not the end. This is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” -Sir Winston Churchill Class Flower — White Rose Class Colors — Orange and Black

tend Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City and major in HVAC and plumbing. Kayla Marie Sinclair is the daughter of Carla Roepe of Concordia and Randy Sinclair of Gladstone. Her activities and honors include football cheerleading, basketball, eighth place state finish 4x200 track relay, Marching Orioles twirler, Athletic C-Club, Academic CClub, FCCLA vice president, Big Time Basketball coach, mini cheer camp and academic honor roll. She plans to attend University of Missouri in Kansas City and major in chemistry and pre-dental. Collin Wade Sleeper is the son of Jim and Kris Sleeper of Concordia. His activities include band and FFA. He plans on working for the pipeline and possibly attending college in the future. Emily Lynn Small is the daughter of David and Judy Small of Concordia. Her activities and honors include NHS vice president, student council senior class representative, Oriole Strong Award, FCCLA president, distinguished member of Concordia Music Masters, Marching Orioles flute section leader, concert band, I70 Conference band, football and basketball cheerleading, Athletic C-Club, Academic CClub, Missouri Girls State, youth volleyball camp leader, track, mini cheer camp leader and coat, food and blood drive volunteer. She plans to attend University of Central Missouri and major in nursing with a minor in psychology. Kylie Michelle Small is the daughter of Danny Small and Danny and Lorie Beasley of Concordia. Her activities in-

clude softball, volleyball manager, basketball manager and FFA. She plans to attend Anthem College in Fenton and major in massage therapy. Keaton Thomas Stuart is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Norm Stuart of Concordia. He is evaluating his opportunities for employment and education. Trent Andrew Summers is the son of Mark and Pam Summers of Concordia. His activities include A+ tutoring, FFA, golf and math relays. He plans to attend State Fair Community College and major in business/technology. Dalton Ray Joseph Treat is the son of Beth Treat of Concordia and Brian Treat of Ouasso, Okla. His activities and honors include football, golf, basketball, quiz bowl, student council, class officer and hall monitor. He plans to attend University of Central Missouri and major in social science. Rachel Lynn Treece is the daughter of Alan and Debbie Treece of Concordia. Her activities and honors include student council president, NHS president, class president, Concordia Music Masters, yearbook, drum major, softball, football cheerleading, FBLA, Athletic C-Club, Academic CClub, Debbie Deke Award winner, I-70 Conference band and Missouri Girls State delegate. She plans to attend University of Missouri-Columbia and major in journalism. Hailey Marie White is the daughter of Stuart and Barb White of Concordia. Her activities and honors include NHS, Marching Orioles, FCCLA and student ambassador. She plans to attend University of Central Missouri and major in nursing.

ConGRADulations to

Cory Meineka and all 2014 Seniors Ralph and Karon Meineka Restored Treasures


Home is behind and the world’s ahead 5 CHS seniors share future plans

THE CONCORDIAN, Concordia, Missouri, Wednesday, May 7, 2014 — PAGE 5

by Charles Dunlap STAFF WRITER

The time at Concordia R-2 High School for five students comes to an end this Friday. For these students they will soon leave home behind to traverse the world as college students. They recently sat down to discuss their future plans and give advice to younger students. For Emily Small, daughter of David and Judy Small, of Concordia, the thing she’ll miss most about CHS is seeing familiar faces day in and day out. She also said she’ll miss her teachers, since students are very close to their teachers. “Just missing like old friends, old faces,” said James Sherman, son of Mike and Katie Link, of Higginsville. Nora Faris, daughter of

Emily Small

Paul and Betty Faris, of Concordia, said the support system of Concordia as a community is what was the biggest impact for her. She said there are a lot of people in the community who are behind the success of students. The students also participated in a range of ex-

tracurricular activities while at the school, including athletics such as football, basketball, softball and cheerleading, and also organizations such as Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), student council and National Honor Society (NHS). While their time at CHS has been an enjoyable experience the students are excited to be going to college. “I’m ready to start doing classes that will apply to me,” said Hailey White, daughter of Stuart and Barb White, of Concordia, adding she plans on studying nursing, eventually becoming a nurse practitioner. “I am beyond excited,” said Rachel Treece, daughter of Debbie and

Alan Treece, of Concordia. Faris added she’s ready for some more professional opportunities, such as study-abroad programs or internships. Through the opportunities for dual-credit classes and dual enrollment at CHS the students have al-

James Sherman

ready taken some core college courses. Their education from these courses have allowed them to potentially start as sophomores rather than freshman due the amount of credit hours taken. They also said there is a standard of excellence for all students at the school — students are encouraged to take dualcredit along with a challenging course load. “You take on a lot more responsibility as the teachers trust you,” said Sherman. “If they need something you’re the person they go to because they trust you,” added Small. “We do get to do a lot of extra stuff that people don’t get to do, which is really fun.” Students also had advice for the underclassmen who will continue at CHS

for a few more years. “Put forth as much effort throughout your high school career because colleges obviously see your transcripts,” said Treece. “Since we’re a small school teachers are able to give you individual help and once you’re at college (continued on page 6)

Congratulations Concordia High School Graduates

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Nora Faris

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Home is behind and the world’s ahead: CHS seniors share future plans (continued from page 5)

Hailey White

Rachel Treece

Mind Your B.I.S. —

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you’re just another face.” They also suggested younger students take advantages of all the educational opportunities at CHS such as dual-credit. “Your intelligence is going to go further than your athleticism in college,” said White. While younger students should take every educational advantage it should be balanced with time to relax. Don’t overload, they said. “Enjoy your high school years because they do go by,” said Sherman. “Yeah, you may come from a town where the closest thing to a high-rise is a grain elevator, but when it comes down to it, your world is as big as you make it,” added Faris. ”The opportunities you take for yourself are going to expand where you’ll see yourself in your future.”

White and Small will attend the University of Central Missouri, in Warrensburg, Treece and Faris will attend the University of Missouri, in Columbia, and Sherman will attend Metropolitan Community College, in Kansas City.


THE CONCORDIAN, Concordia, Missouri, Wednesday, May 7, 2014 — PAGE 7


Saint Paul Lutheran High School Class of 2014

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Sydney Aversman

John Bredehoeft

Sydney Bredehoeft

John Brunkhorst

Jui-Chung Chang

Sixiuzhu Chen

Yuanmeng Chen

Elnati Endeshaw

Madelyn Fiene

Madeline Gibler

Savannah Gordish

Alyssa Hamblen

Benjamin Hayter

Taylor Hill

Jun Taek Hong

Yu-Lun Huang

Minseo Huh

Sungjun Ji

Chen Jia

Fayiah Johnson

Brooklyn Kleeman

Sydney Margaret Aversman is the daughter of John and Denise Aversman of Concordia. Her activities and honors include football and basketball cheerleading, track manager, principal’s honor

Jung-An Lee

roll, Servants of the Saints student government representative, Students Teaching Adolescents and Youth (STAY), drama, Singing Saints, Spanish Club, yearbook and I-70 Conference choir. She

Eric Leung

plans to attend Concordia University in Mequon, Wis., and major in nursing. John Michael Bredehoeft is the son of Gary and Jennifer Bredehoeft of Concordia. His activities and honors include

Yuen Leung

football I-70 All-Conference honorable mention offensive lineman, golf, band, baseball manager and honor roll. He plans to attend Concordia University in Seward, Neb., and major in sports management.

Liang-Yi Lin

Dong Sung Kim

Long Hei Lui

Sydney Anne Bredehoeft is the daughter of Clark and Holly Bredehoeft of Blackburn. Her activities and honors include volleyball, basketball, softball, student government secretary and athletic life rep-

resentative, National Honor Society (NHS). STAY and Most Improved Award in softball. She plans to attend University of Missouri in Columbia and major in athletic training.


Saint Paul Lutheran High School Class of 2014

THE CONCORDIAN, Concordia, Missouri, Wednesday, May 7, 2014 — PAGE 9

Ming Hon Lui

Nicole McGinnis

Timothy Mehl

Seth Muehler

Michael Nebel

Angelika Paul

Diarisoa Randrianantenaina

Elijah Rodewald

Hadley Rolf

Kelly Snader

Vinca Thornton

Jalen Timm

Natasha Torno

Breanna Vogelsmeier

Fan Yang

Tai Lai Yang

KunSheng Ye

John Walter Brunkhorst is the son of Kevin and Lori Brunkhorst of Concordia. His activities and honors include football, STAY and NHS. He plans to attend University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and major in engineering.

Jui-Chung (Michael) Chang is the son of Chris Chang and Sophia Tsai of Chia-Yi City, Taiwan. His activities include football and Math Team. He plans to attend Fresno University in Fresno, Calif., and major in physics.

Gerhard von zur Muehlen

Sixiuzhu (Jack) Chen is the son of Xin Chen and Tao Liu of Shenzhen, China. His activities and honors include basketball and Math Team top sophomore. He plans to attend University of Delaware in Newark, Del. Yuanmeng (Nancy) Chen is the

Yan Zhang

Michael Ng

Sara Nierman

Gabriel Stumbaugh Anthony Tewogbade

Li-Ying Wang

Tian Zhao

daughter of Jianen Chen and Meizhen Zhao of Shangrao, Jiangxi, China. Her activities and honors include Math Team, yearbook, Singing Saints and track. She plans to attend Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York and major in business and manage-

Sawyer Wyatt

ment. Elnati Wonditraw Endeshaw is the son of Wonditraw Endeshaw and Fikrte Yiner of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His activities include soccer. He plans to attend Pennsylvania State University (continued on page 10)


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in Pennsylvania and major in engineering. Madelyn Christine Fiene is the daughter of Jerry and Karen Fiene of Concordia. Her activities and honors include drama, choir and I-70 All-Conference choir. She plans to attend University of Central Missouri and major in photography. Madeline A. Gibler is the daughter of Noel Gibler of Hughesville and Elizabeth Jordan of Bonne Terre. Her activities include volleyball, cheerleading, softball and STAY. She plans to attend University of Central Missouri. Savannah Janine Gordish is the daughter of Timothy and Aretta Gordish of Ronan, Mont. Her activities include the Singing Saints. She plans to return to Montana and find employment. Alyssa Kay Hamblen is the daughter of Galen and Andrea Kueck of Concordia. Her activities and honors include NHS servant events chairman, student government social life representative, class secretary, honor roll, executive director’s honor roll, volleyball, basketball and softball. She plans to attend University of Central Missouri and major in nursing. Benjamin Mathew Hayter is the son of the Rev. and Mrs. Mathew Hayter of Union. His activity and honors include track, soccer, NHS president, Singing Saints touring choir, I70 Conference choir, executive director’s honor roll, Concordia University Nebraska Presidential Scholarship. He plans to attend Concordia University Nebraska and major in psychology and pre-seminary. Taylor Justine Hill is the daughter of Debra Johnson of Concordia. Her activities and honors include soccer, choir, I70 Conference choir, drama and STAY. She plans to attend State Fair Community College in Sedalia and major in veterinary medicine. Jun Taek Hong is the son of Suk Do Hong and Mi Hee Kim of Incheon, South Korea. His activities include soccer and track. He plans to attend Pennsylvania State University. Yu-Lun (Viola) Huang is the daughter of Pei-Ling and Lee-Lan Huang of Chiayi, Taiwan. Her activities include basketball cheerleading. She plans to focus on learning Spanish and French and to travel. Minseo Huh is the son of In-Hwan Huh and Youngseon

Kim of Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. His activities and honors include soccer, baseball, football I-70 Conference defense honorable mention, yearbook, student government international representative, choir and track. He plans to attend Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., and major in business. Sungjun (Jay) Ji is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kyuduk Ji of Bucheon, South Korea. His activities and honors include a perfect 2400 SAT score, allconference choir, football, allconference math team and NHS. He plans to major in economics. Chen Jia is the son of Yong Jia and Huijin Yang of Beijing, China. He plans to attend University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. Fayiah Johnson is the son of Saah Fallah and Yawah Beindor of Mourovia, Liberia. His activities include soccer and choir. He plans to attend Missouri State University in West Plains and major in nursing. Dong Sung (Paul) Kim is the son of Yang Soo Kim and Kyung Hwa Ryu of Seoul, South Korea. His activities and honors include soccer, track, yearbook, I-70 Conference choir, principal’s honor roll, student government international life representative, church orchestra, Soccer Club and Singing Saints. He plans to attend University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn., and major in journalism. Brooklyn Marie Kleeman is the daughter of David Johnson of Concordia and Kasey Haase of Freeman. Her activities include cheerleading, drama and Singing Saints. She plans to attend State Fair Community College. Jung-An (Anne) Lee is the daughter of Wen-Chung Lee and Hui-Lan Liu of Chiayi, Taiwan. Her activities and honors include basketball and football cheerleading, basketball cheerleading manager, concert band, Most Improved Award for basketball cheerleading, yearbook, soccer and track. She plans to attend Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and major in nursing. Chun (Eric) Leung is the son of Hang Leung and MeiChang Hsueh of Chaiyi, Taiwan. His activities include soccer, basketball, baseball, yearbook, drama and math team. His future plans are undecided. Yuen (Yanni) Leung is the son of Mou Yong Leung and Anna Chau of Hong Kong,

Saint Paul Lutheran High School 2013-2014 Theme — “Here Am I; Send Me” — Isaiah 6:8 — Baccalaureate Friday, May 23, 2014 10 a.m.

Prelude Processional Anthem Invocation Psalmody

“Holy, Holy, Holy”

Psalm 71:15-18 antiphone: Psalm 71:12

Prayer of the Day Old Testament Lesson Isaiah 6:1-8 ESV Gradual Hym “Listen, God Is Calling” Epistle Lesson Colossians 1:21-28 ESV Choir Anthem “Thy Way, Not Mine, O Lord” Gospel Lesson Luke 5:1-11 ESV Apostles’ Creed Hymn of the Day “Hark, the Voice of Jesus Crying” Homily Rev. Gerald Paul Offering Recognition of Honored Guests Rev. Paul Mehl Prayer of the Church Benediction Recessional Hymn Commencement Exercises, 1:30 p.m. Processional “Saints, See the Cloud of Witnesses” Invocation Rev. Mark Nebel, Board of Trustees Member Introduction of the Speaker Speaker Dr. Mike Rodewald Choir Anthem “Search Me, O God” Valedictorian Address Hadley Rolf Presentation of the Class of 2014 Awarding of Diplomas Senior Choir Anthem “Go Now In Peace” Presentation of Class Gift Timothy Mehl, Class Vice President Presentation of Special Awards and Recognitions Closing Prayer Rev. Mark Nebel Remarks/Announcements Singing of the Alma Mater Official Closing of the One Hundred Thirty-First Academic Year Closing Hymn/Recessional “One Thy Light, the Temple Filling” A reception will follow Commencement in the gymnasium

Class Verse “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. ” Proverbs 3:5-6 Class Motto With memories of the past, we look to the future. Class Colors Turquoise and Chrome Class Flower Blue and White Hydrangea

China. His activities include football, track and drama. He plans to attend Sendagaya College in Tokyo, Japan. Liang-Yi (Becky) Lin is the daughter of Ta-Hsien Lin and Chia-Li Chen of Taipei, Taiwan. Her activities include math team and choir. She plans to attend University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., and major in business. Long Hei (Jaclyn) Lui is the daughter of Chun Yin and Lai Mui Julia Lui of Hong Kong. Her activities and honors include yearbook, NHS, basketball cheerleading manager, Moeller Dorm student assistant, Singing Saints and math team. She plans to attend Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa and major in hospitality management. Ming Hon (Johnson) Lui is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kin Leung Lui John of Hong Kong. His activities and honors include soccer all-district, all-regional and all-state second team and track. He plans to attend Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, Illinois and major in graphic design and play soccer. Nicole Rose McGinnis is the daughter of Kim McGinnis of Concordia and the late Jeff McGinnis. Her activities include drama, volleyball and softball manager. She plans to attend University of Central Missouri. Timothy Levi Mehl is the son of the Rev. Paul and Luci Mehl of Concordia. His activities and honors include football, baseball, band, choir, NHS, class vice president, student government class representative and drama. He plans to attend Concordia University Nebraska and major in preseminary. Seth James Muehler is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Muehler of Springfield, Va., His activities and honors include all-conference football offense and defense, basketball manager, baseball, Most Improved Award in baseball, STAY and all-conference choir. He plans to attend University of Missouri in Columbia. Michael Elliott Nebel is the son of the Rev. Mark and Cindy Nebel of Red Bud, Ill. His activities and honors include football, basketball, baseball, student government athletic life representative and NHS. He plans to attend University of Missouri-Columbia. Wai Yin (Michael) Ng is the son of Louie Ng and Carol

Kwan of Hong Kong. His activities include soccer. He plans to attend University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., and major in psychology. Sara Elizabeth Nierman is the daughter of Tony and Gail Nierman of Concordia. Her activities and honors include NHS service projects cochairman, volleyball manager, drama, honor roll and Missouri Girls State. She plans to attend University of Central Missouri and major in criminal justice. Angelika Selma Paul is the daughter of the Rev. Gerald and Heidi Paul of Great Falls, Mont. Her activities and honors include NHS, student government, spiritual life chair, Teens for Life, math team, football manager, girls’ basketball scorekeeper, track manager, drama, STAY, academic team, Singing Saints touring choir, Moeller Dorm student assistant and yearbook photographer. She plans to attend Concordia University Wisconsin and major in secondary education. Diarisoa Randrianantenaina is the daughter of Elson and Hanitra Randrianantenaina of Antananarivo, Madagascar. Her activities and honors include track, Moeller Dorm student assistant, NHS, student government spiritual life representative, drama, international representative for Madagascar, choir and executive director’s honor roll. She plans to attend Concordia University Wisconsin and major in pre-medicine. Elijah Alexander Rodewald is the son of John Rodewald of Concordia and Sarah Bartlett of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His activities and honors include basketball all-conference honorable mention and first team, all-district and Lafayette County all-tournament team, golf and courtwarming king. He plans to attend Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Hadley Nicole Rolf is the daughter of Derron and Connie Rolf of Alma. Her activities and honors include math team, all-conference, all-regional and all-state academic volleyball, cross country, alldistrict, all-regional and allstate soccer, track, Singing Saints, NHS, class president and executive director’s honor roll. She plans to attend Concordia University Wisconsin and major in pharmacy. Kelly Ann Snader is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Snader of Higginsville.


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Her activities include basketball, soccer, drama, STAY, yearbook, choir, Teens for Life and Spanish Club. She plans to attend Concordia University Nebraska and major in secondary education. Gabriel Arnold Stumbaugh is the son of Rick and Diana Stumbaugh of Concordia. His activities and honors include football, basketball, baseball, NHS, Missouri Boys State, student government and STAY. He plans to attend University of Central Missouri and major in political science. Anthony A. Tewogbade is the son of Anthony and Yetunde Tewogbade of Lagos, Nigeria. His activities and honors include football, basketball, track and baseball. His future plans are undecided. Vinca Marie Thornton is the daughter of Russel and Tami Thornton of Lexington. Her activities and honors include STAY, drama and a first degree black belt in Taekwondo. She plans to attend University of Central Missouri and major in English. Jalen James Timm is the son of Matt and Angie Timm of Omaha, Neb. His activities include football, baseball and choir. He plans to attend University of Central Missouri and major in business management. Natasha Nichole Torno is the daughter of Tracy and Annette Torno of Batesville, Ark. Her activities and honors include football and basketball

cheerleading, track manager, STAY, Singing Saints touring choir, drama and principal’s honor roll. She plans to attend Concordia University Wisconsin and major in nursing. Breanna Noel Vogelsmeier is the daughter of Alan and Karel Vogelsmeier of Concordia. Her activities and honors include volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer, Singing Saints, Spanish Club, NHS, LSAM Volleyball Tournament volunteer, SPLHS grade school lock-in volunteer and STAY. She plans to attend Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. Gerhard August von zur Muehlen is the son of Alex and Sonya von zur Muehlen of St. Louis. His activities and honors include choir, basketball, football, baseball manager, band and NHS. He plans to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and major in naval architecture. Li-Ying (Ellie) Wang is the daughter of Po-Chih Wang and Yin-Fan Hsiao of Chiayi, Taiwan. Her activities include band and math team. She plans to attend University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., and major in aviation management. Sawyer Carter Wyatt is the son of Don and Roxanne Wyatt of Lapeer, Mich. His activities and honors include NHS, all-conference choir, student government, track, football manager, basketball, class treasurer and class presi-

dent. He plans to attend Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich., and major in kinesiology and exercise physiology. Fan Yang is the son of Yong Jia and Huijin Yang of Beijing, China. His activities include attending University of Central Missouri summer program. He plans to attend Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo. Tai Lai Yang is the son of ShiQiao Yang and Lu Jing of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. His activities and honors include soccer team, basketball team and math team. His future plans are undecided. Kunsheng Ye is the son of Weimin Ye and Yanti Li of Shenzhen, China. His activities include soccer, golf and math. He plans to attend University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt., and major in mathematics. Yan Zhang is the daughter of Jui Jie Zhang and Jun Mei Wang of Beijing, China. Her activities include track and yearbook. Her future plans are undecided. Tian (Emma) Zhao is the daughter of Haibing Zhao and Mingshu Xu of Wuxi, China. Her activities and honors include yearbook, soccer, track, drama, NHS, Moeller Dorm student assistant, student government international life China representative and allconference math team. She plans to attend Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.

Mind your B.I.S (continued from page 6)

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realistic with goals and work toward incremental improvements. And like dieting, “cheating” once or twice will not undermine progress unless it becomes an excuse for abandoning the effort. Investing - Though investing may not be an immediate priority for recent grads focused on meeting daily living expenses, starting early on a small scale can have significant advantages. Consider the rule of 72 — the number of years needed to double your money at a given interest rate, which is calculated by dividing 72 by the interest

rate. For example, money invested at 10 percent will double in 7.2 years. Contributing to an employer’s retirement plan, like a 401(k), as soon as it becomes available is another good opportunity to jumpstart investing. Not only does a contribution decrease taxable income, but some employers also offer to match a portion, which is an added bonus. Saving - With the average student debt load topping $29,000 for the class of 2012 (CNNMoney), the idea of saving may be easier said (Continued on page 13)

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SPLHS seniors say balance is key to success

by Sarah Reed MANAGING EDITOR

Seniors at Saint Paul Lutheran High School not only reflect Concordia, but also the globe — and graduation only seems to be the beginning for the Class of 2014. From plans to study chemistry to education and religion, these four students were shaped by their high school careers. Angelika Paul — who moved from Great Falls, Mont., but originally hails from South Africa — said she’s happy about her and her family’s choice of school. “My dad was looking for a better high school for me,” she said. “(I’ll miss) being able to be involved in so many different things. And at Saint Paul, everybody knows each other.” Each of the students will miss the extra-curricular aspects of the school. Tian (Emma) Zhao played soccer, participated in track and field, yearbook, drama and math team.

Emma Zhao

Hadley Rolf played every sport available, and Bejamin Hayter participated in track and choir. “I’m really going to miss playing sports,” Rolf said, adding keeping up with everything was a challenge. “It’s really time consuming, because I have to make sure that I focus on studies and make sure that I have time for sports and friends and everything.” But Rolf will miss another social aspect of SPLHS — dorm life. Although she lives at home,

in Alma, she and other students still spend time in the dorms. Zhao — who moved to the U.S. from China — spoke about the friends she’s made in the past 3 ½ years, including faculty. “I’ll miss the teachers and all my friends,” she said. “The teachers are all very nice here. When I first came here they were being very nice to me. I felt welcome and felt that I wouldn’t get homesick. I made a lot of friends here during these many years.” Hayter spent only two years studying at SPLHS. He came in the middle of his sophomore year. After skipping a grade and graduating in December 2013, he’s already begun his college career. While he’s already moved on to a new chapter in his life, there are still high school activities he misses. Early graduation meant giving up soccer. However, he has been able to continue choir since beginning school at Concordia University-Nebraska, in Seward. “It took hard work, be-

cause I haven’t always been a good student,” Hayter explained. He hopes to become a pastor, which means there are seven years ahead of him instead of four. “Saint Paul pushed me to my full potential. I wouldn’t be

Hadley Rolf able to do what I’ve done … without the help of my teachers and staff at Saint Paul.” For Paul, the challenge in having a successful high school career — like Rolf — was balance.

“Once my junior and senior year hit there was more school work, and I was involved in more after-school (activities) than I was before,” Paul said. “So it was time consuming, trying to fit everything in my day and still get to bed relatively early.” Zhao’s main challenge was using English daily, although she already spoke the language. “It’s not very difficult for me, but it takes some time,” she said. Traveling across the world for her high school education prepared Zhao for her plans to continue her education. She wants to study chemical engineering at Northeastern University, in Boston, Mass. “I will be excited … to go to college, and everything is new, but I think I will still miss Saint Paul and all the people here,” she said, saying her advice to underclassmen is twofold: work hard and enjoy. “Try your best, and enjoy yourself.”



Paul and Rolf will both move to Concordia University-Wisconsin after graduation. Rolf plans to study pharmacy there as she continues to play soccer. “I’ve always enjoyed chemistry and science classes,” she explained. Both of the girls say being involved in high school is important, but equally important is balancing all aspects of the experience. “Be involved and do as much as you can,” Rolf said. “Make sure you make time for friends, but also stay on top of your studies. Balance everything well.” Paul agreed, saying involvement also makes it easier to make friends. She plans to major in secondary education/social studies at university. After graduation she’ll spend two weeks in South Africa with her family and a group of students from SPLHS. “That’s our international trip this year. I’m (continued on page 13)


Balance is key to success

Benjamin Hayter

Angelika Paul

also … going back to visit family,” she said. Hayter indicated his diligence in high school paid off, and he’d suggest underclassmen stay on course. “Don’t slack off. Do your homework,” he said. “You can be whatever you want to be, but if you don’t use your potential there comes a point where you can’t ... I think my sophomore year was

where I discovered I didn’t want to do that.” The four placed at the top of their class. Paul is the daughter of the Rev. Gerald and Heidi Paul, of Great Falls, Mont. Rolf is the daughter of Derron and Connie Rolf, of Alma. Zhao is the daughter of Haibing Zhao and Mingshu Xu, of Wuxi, China. Hayter is the son of the Rev. and Mrs. Mathew Hayter, of Union.

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Career and technical Mind your B.I.S. (continued from page 11) training give students than done. However, having a safety net has numerous benefits. More than half (53 percent) of the respondents in Northa competitive edge western Mutual’s 2013 Planning and Progress Survey between (BPT) — In a few weeks, high school students around the U.S. will close one chapter of their lives and enter another as they graduate and move on to continue their education or enter the workforce. Approximately 90 percent of students who spent their high school years participating in career and technical education (CTE) courses will graduate, a significantly higher rate than those who do not participate in CTE classes. CTE students are also more engaged. Eighty-one percent of high school dropouts say relevant, real-world learning opportunities would have kept them in high school, according to the Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE). Many CTE programs partner with colleges, universities and employers to offer course credit and onthe-job training. The National Restaurant

Association Educational Foundation‘s (NRAEF) ProStart program recently announced its 2014 National ProStart Collegiate Passport. More than 60 colleges and universities nationwide offer ProStart students course credit and scholarships for completing the two-year program, which prepares students for foodservice industry careers. To receive the industry-recognized ProStart National Certificate of Achievement, students must pass two national exams and work 400 mentored hours. “Eighty-one percent of students who receive the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement are still working in the industry five years later, a testament to the strength of ProStart and our students, who are heavily recruited by postsecondary schools for their skills,” says Rob Gifford, (Continued on page 14)

the ages of 25 and 54 feel that starting to save early is the best financial decision they can make. The sunny side of having a nest egg is added flexibility in professional and lifestyle choices. It can provide the luxury to pursue hobbies and passions. The trick is to set an achievable goal, even if it’s just a few dollars every month be disciplined and consistent in sticking to it. For example, $40 each month (or a few lattes less per week) can become $480 in savings by year end. While the topic of financial planning is intimidating at any age, it truly is a case of an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Minding your B.I.S. is the foundation for a sound financial strategy that can adapt as income grows and goals evolve. For more information, interactive tools, and other resources to get started, visit TheMintGrad.org.


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Parents: How to pick the right technology device for your child’s learning (BPT) — When it comes to education, Americans may hotly debate testing, grading and teacher accountability, but one topic that finds widespread support among educators, parents, legislators and students is the value of technology in the classroom. With a majority of teachers reporting in a PBS Learning Media survey that they use technology to reinforce and expand on lessons and motivate students to learn, it is only a matter of time before your child will use technology in the classroom. When your child needs to use technology to support their learning, will you know what type of cost-effective device to buy for maximum learning benefit? To choose the best device for your child, you need to think about how they will use the device in their learning. Some projects will require work on a PC — such as online assessments or activities that use Microsoft Office applications. If your child needs a quick, easy and cost-effective way to access the Internet for research or online collaboration, a Chromebook might be a good choice. With the Google Apps for Education suite, Chromebooks allow students and teachers the ability to search the Web and do most basic productivity activities. Additionally, if your child’s school system is set up to support Chromebooks, teachers can monitor student progress and streamline communications.

If you’re thinking of buying a Chromebook for your child, keep these tips in mind: • Screen size • Durability • Battery life • Speed • Graphics capabilities • Start-up time • Price • Support/resources Already accustomed to technology in their daily lives, today’s students are eager to embrace technology in the classroom. With educators and parents on the same page, they can create a learning environment where students can thrive.

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Gavin Bargfrede

Brooke Barnett

Morgan Bishop

Amanda Caton

Dillon Cusano

Peyten Dillon

Jessica Drake

Kelsi Duncan

Jessica Evans

Ashalin Gipe

Keaton Graf

Nicholas Kurth

Alex Martinez

Gavin Bargfrede is the son of Jeff and Sarah Bargfrede of Alma. His activities and honors include National Honor Society (NHS), basketball, baseball, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Speech and Drama Club, Chiefs Club, Santa Fe Academic Letter, President’s Education Award and Best of the Best Award for science. He plans to attend University of Central Missouri (UCM) in Warrensburg and major in agriculture business. Brooke Danielle Barnett is the daughter of Bobby and

Gini Barnett of Waverly. Her activities and honors include NHS, volleyball, track, basketball, Chiefs Club, Speech and Drama Club, SADD and honor roll. She plans to attend Ozark Technical Community College in Springfield and major in physical therapy. Amanda Leigh Caton is the daughter of Eugene Caton of Alma and Taffy Caton of Marshall. Her activities and honors include band, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), FFA and Art

Club. She plans to attend Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington and major in nursing. Morgan Nicole Bishop is the daughter of Bob and Kim Bishop of Waverly. Her activities and honors include basketball, softball, Math Club, Chiefs Club, SADD, Speech and Drama Club, band, pep band, A+ tutoring, Army National Scholar Athlete Award, NHS, Best of the Best Award in Spanish and superintendent’s honor roll. She plans to attend Missouri State University in Springfield and major in

physical therapy. Dillon Charles Cusano is the son of Charles and Katie Cusano of Blackburn. His activities and honors include band drumline captain, baseball, FFA state floriculture team, Spanish Club, Chiefs Club and Science Club. He plans to attend State Fair Community College in Sedalia and major in radiological technology. Peyten R. Dillon is the son of Jared and Blythe Dillon of Waverly. His activities and honors include cross country, track, Art Club, Science Club,

NHS, student of the quarter, yearbook photographer, prom server, honor roll, Outstanding Volunteer at Kimball Recycling Center, Waverly Victory Christian Food Pantry volunteer, soccer coach and referee, math/geography/reading tutor, perfect attendance and Methodist youth activities. He plans to attend State Fair Community College and major in chemistry pre-medicine. Jessica Cristine Drake is the daughter of Gary and Cristi Drake of Grand Pass. Her activities and honors include basketball, volleyball, softball,

FFA, Math Club president, yearbook staff, Speech and Drama Club, Science Club, junior class representative, student council reporter and senior class president, Best of the Best in English/advanced functions/social studies, University of Central Missouri Math Achievement Award, I-70 AllConference softball team and I-70 Conference tournament softball team. She plans to attend Maryville University in St. Louis and obtain her doctorate in physical therapy. Kelsi Elizabeth Duncan is the daughter of Carmin Dun-


Santa Fe High School Class of 2014

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Branden Rieves

Christian Smith

can of Alma and Jim Duncan of Waverly. Her activities and honors include FFA vice president, Speech and Drama Club, band, track, cheerleading, Best of the Best for horticulture, honor roll and Chiefs Club. She plans to attend University of Central Missouri and major in pediatric nursing. Jessica Christine Evans is the daughter of Johnathon Evans and Veda Evans of Waverly. Her activities and honors include FFA secretary and student advisor, NHS, FBLA, honor roll, student council vice president, Math Club secretary

Shae Russell

Julio Ruiz

Tristan Sowers

Kiley Williams

and treasurer and Civil Air Patrol first sergeant. She plans to attend Lex La-Ray Technical Center in Lexington and major in nursing. Ashalin Renae Gipe is the daughter of Lee and Carol Gipe of Waverly. Her activities include FFA, Speech and Drama Club, softball and basketball. She plans to attend State Fair Community College and major in landscape design. Keaton Layne Graf is the son of Todd and Carol Graf of Waverly. His activities and honors include basketball, baseball, band, honor roll,

Tara Stewart

Morgan Zitelman

Chiefs Club and Science Club. He plans to attend Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, Kan. Nicholas Isaiah Kurth is the son of Tom and Tracy Kurth of Alma. His activities and honors include honors band, honors choir, FFA, SkillsUSA, NHS, Speech and Drama Club and trapshooting team. He plans to attend Longview Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City. Alex Martinez is the son of Cesar and Acacely Acosta of Waverly. His activities and honors include all-conference,

Brandon Shackelford

Hannah Vogel

Mikiah Zumalt

all-district and all-state football, football captain, basketball, track, honor roll, Chiefs Club, Speech and Drama Club, band, Science Club. He plans to attend State Fair Community College and major in criminal justice. Branden Mitchel Rieves is the son of John Rieves of Blackburn and Cindy Bosley of Las Vegas, Nev. His activities and honors include football, baseball, track, FFA, FBLA, Speech and Drama Club and Boys State. He plans to attend the University of Central Missouri.

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Julio Cesar Ruiz is the son of Gabriel and Sara Ruiz of Waverly. His activities and honors include football captain, basketball, track, band, Speech and Drama Club, Chiefs Club and Science Club. He plans to attend State Fair Community College. Shae Chrislyn Russell is the daughter of Shawn and Tammy Russell of Waverly. Her activities and honors include FFA, softball, FCCLA, choir, Speech and Drama Club, “Grease” musical and Art Club. She plans to attend American College of Hair De-

sign in Sedalia and major in cosmetology. Brandon Charles Shackelford is the son of Rick and Tammera Shackelford of Waverly. His activities include FFA and Speech and Drama Club. He plans to attend Linn State Technical College in Linn and become a high-performance mechanic. Malorie Hope Sinklear is the daughter of Larry Sinklear and Debbie Sinklear of Blackburn. His activities and honors include OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety and Health, (continued on page 18)


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Lex La-Ray Technical Center building trades and student of the month and A+ program. He plans to work at the Lutheran Nursing Home in Concordia and attend State Fair Community College in 2015 and major in dental hygiene. Christian Michael Smith is the son of Carl and Shannon Templeton of Alma. His activities and honors include FFA, SADD, FBLA, Speech and Drama Club, yearbook, choir, basketball, football and football manager. He plans to attend North Central Missouri College in Trenton and major in mass communications. Tristan Bradlee Sowers is the daughter of Brad and Kim Sowers of Waverly. Her activities and honors include volleyball, basketball, all-state track, FFA historian, Chiefs Club, Art Club, NHS, SADD, Speech and Drama Club, yearbook, student council secretary and senior class secretary. She plans to attend Maple Woods Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City and major in agricultural business. Tara Renna Stewart is the daughter of Travis and Katrina Stewart of Waverly. Her activities and honors include SADD, FFA reporter, track manager, Speech and Drama Club, Art Club and Breaking Traditions State Award. She plans to attend Ozark Technical Community College and major in automotive technology. Hannah Nicole Vogel is the daughter of Teresa Frazier of Waverly and David Vogel of Marshall. Her activities and honors include SADD, cheerleading captain, yearbook, Apple Jubilee queen, class president, FFA treasurer, NHS, softball, student council president, Speech and Drama Club, volleyball manager, Girls State

Highway Patrol, Washington Leadership Conference, choir, Chiefs Club, play crew, University of Central Missouri Red and Black Scholarship, National Wildlife Turkey Federation Scholarship, Best of the Best Academic Award, FFA Scholarship Award, Star Greenhand, honor roll and Michael Campbell Memorial Scholarship. She plans to attend the University of Central Missouri and major in nursing. Kiley Danielle Williams is the daughter of Craig and Katie Chamberlain of Blackburn. Her activities and honors include FFA chapter assistant co-reporter, secretary and president, NHS, cheerleading cocaptain and captain, basketball, Spanish Club, superintendent’s honor roll, Missouri Scholars 100 honorable mention and Best of the Best Academic Award. She plans to attend University of Central Missouri and major in agricultural business. Morgan Caroline Zitelman is the daughter of John and Daphne Zitelman of Alma and the late Donna Zitelman. Her activities and honors include senior vice president, Chiefs Club, Speech and Drama Club, SADD, FCCLA, Science Club, FFA secretary, volleyball, softball, student council representative and honor roll. She plans to attend Moberly Area Community College and major in childhood education. Mikiah Leanne Zumalt is the daughter of Albert and Tammy Zumalt of Waverly. Her activities and honors include volleyball, FFA state and national talent, Chiefs Club, NHS, feature twirler of Santa Fe High School marching band, Missouri all-state academic volleyball team and SkillsUSA. She plans to attend Missouri Valley College in Marshall and major in nursing.

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Slide Presentation, begins 3 p.m. Seniors 2014 Processional Santa Fe Band “Pomp and Circumstance” Pledge to the Flag Presentation of Awards Dr. Gini Barnett Superintendent of Schools Salutatorian’s Address Valedictorian’s Address Presentation of Senior Awards Tom Burton High School Principal Scholarship Presentation Tom Burton and Jennifer Hobbs, High School Counselor Presentation of Class Tom Burton Awarding of Diplomas John Zitelman President, Board of Education Recessional Santa Fe Band “Medallion Overture” Class Officers Jessica Drake, President Morgan Zitelman, Vice President Tristan Sowers, Secretary Jessica Evans, Treasurer Nick Kurth and Ashlin Gipe, Student Council Representatives Class Sponsors Bobby Wynn and Travis Zahl

Santa Fe grads eager for next chapter by Sarah Reed MANAGING EDITOR

For three seniors of Santa Fe High School, in Alma, transitioning to the next phase of their lives isn't daunting. It's exciting. But as Morgan Bishop, Jessie Drake and Kiley Williams look back, they do so with a sense of longing. “We'll mostly miss our friends,” Drake said. “We've always been so close since there are so few in our class. I'll miss seeing them all the time.” Twenty-five students make up the Class of 2014. Most of them have attended school together since childhood. “So many of us are going so many different directions,” Williams said. “We're probably not going to see each other again until maybe a reunion or in passing.” Bishop said she'd miss playing sports. Throughout her high school career she played volleyball and still continued with basketball and softball this year. “Softball I'll miss more

Morgan Bishop

than anything,” Bishop said. Although participating in athletics might not be in Bishop's future plans, the experience is what will take she and Drake on their education paths. Both will pursue the field of physical therapy. Bishop will commute to State Fair Community College, in Sedalia, next year, and will later transfer to Missouri State University, in Springfield. “I've had to do a lot of physical therapy myself, so

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THE CONCORDIAN, Concordia, Missouri, Wednesday, May 7, 2014 — PAGE 19 I like being able to help people get back into the swing of things,” she explained. The athlete wanted to commute the first year because of her close family ties. “It's hard for me to leave them,” she said, smiling. “But I am ready … to be on my own. I, for sure, am coming back here after college.” Drake, who said she's also had physical therapy sessions due to athletics, said she fell in love with the

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practice. She'll move to St. Louis and attend Maryville University. “Some of my goals, I don't know that I could live here,” Drake said. “So I'm going to see, as I do clinicals and stuff, what I want to do in the field of physical therapy.” Living in St. Louis will be a drastic change for the senior, who said she will miss the area but is ready to move on. “I'm nervous, but I'm ready,” Drake said. “I spent 13 years here. I think it's time that I need to broaden my horizons. I love this area, but I'm ready to take on the challenge.” Williams will take a completely different route than her two classmates ― though one that reflects this area's economy. “I've always been a big ag kid, and I didn't really know what direction I wanted to go in ag,” she said. Participating in FFA influenced the self-proclaimed “ag kid,” and after a lot consideration she chose a path. Williams

Kiley Williams plans to attend the University of Central Missouri, in Warrensburg, where she'll study ag business. “I'll be sad to leave, but at the same time I'll be happy to just kind of experience something different from what I've been experiencing,” she said. “After I graduate from college I'm going to come back and live around here, but I'm giving myself a little bit of time to be in a big city or town and experience other things other than the small-town life.”

The three students are the top three of their class, academically. For each of them it was a challenge, but one well worth the effort. While juggling extra-curricular activities with school work, they also took upperlevel courses that demanded more difficult work. “That's been the hardest thing is staying determined,” Drake said. They also said they were motivated by high expectations. “We just naturally knew that we were expected to do very well in school … so we've all been trying super hard to keep that going,” Williams explained. The girls' advice to underclassmen is just that: keep striving toward excellence. Bishop believes setting a goal will give students the momentum they need for success in high school. “I wanted to be at the top, and I had to fight for it. If you don't set goals, you're going to give up,” she said. Morgan Bishop is the daughter of Bob and Kim Bishop, of Waverly. Jessica

Drake is the daughter of Gary and Cristi Drake, of Grand Pass. Kiley Williams

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