Farmington High School seniors, faculty and board members were greeted by a large crowd filling all seats at the Farmington Civic Center to congratulate the class of 2009 on Sunday afternoon.
The class of 2009 gave three challenges to next year’s seniors during the graduation ceremony. The challenge and junior class response is a tradition at FHS. Senior Class President Michael Standfuss offered some advice to next year’s graduating class.
“In the past year there have been many surprises. First, stay focused next year, have hard goals, dig deep and get things done. Second, be patient. Cherish every day. Prepare for your final goodbyes. Third is keeping your integrity. Be responsible, respectful, and honesty. Remember the code of values instilled in you from Truman Kindergarten,” Standfuss told the group.
“The challenge to you is be your own person, find your true friends, do what makes you happy. The best way to live a fulfilling life is to make an impact on someone and brighten a day. Knowing that you turned a person’s day around by something as simple as a smile can make you feel good,” he continued.
Abbi Berry, junior class president, replied to the challenge. “Ambition and capability have helped you succeed, and you have demonstrated how to set high goals. You have challenged us to chase dreams, excel, be ourselves and not conform to others. We want to set an example to next year’s freshman that are scared. We will help them to class, show kindness or even smile,” Berry answered.
Mr. Brian Reeves, a history teacher at the high school, was the guest speaker for this year’s graduation. He also recognized three graduates for earning their Associate of Arts degree from Mineral Area College. Ashley Bartley, April Robertson and Kaitlin Crocker earned their degrees while taking their high school course load, participating in extracurricular activities at school and working.
“Trying is the first step to failure. Congratulations … you have all succeeded,” Reeves said in his address. “Your parents are your heroes. They are your emotional support. They work hard to put food on the table and have pictures on their desk at work to remind them why they are there.”
“Don’t take yourselves so serious. Life is short … enjoy the moment. High school is the best time of your life. The years here have helped you for the future. As a historian, learn from your past.”
FHS Principal Matt Ruble recognized Ryan Honerkamp for his perfect attendance. Honerkamp attended 648 consecutive days of high school.
Then Ruble handed out the 2009 “Knight of the Year” award to Michelle Strobl.
The principal also recognized the top 10 students for the class of 2009. Number 10 was Andrew Monnig, nine was Timothy Derickson, eight was Sarah Hayden, seven was Patrick McCarver, six was Derick Franklin, five was Jessica Stacy, four was Ryan Honerkamp and three was Kelsie Wideman.
Superintendent Dr. W. L. Sanders recognized Valedictorian Eric Fuemmeler and Salutatorian April Robertson.
Following the Valedictorian speech, Sanders and the Farmington School Board of Education members handed out diplomas as the students’ names were called. Students who participated in A+ were also recognized.
Students, families and friends joined in singing the Farmington School Song led by Choir Director Sue Bauche. The Farmington High School Band was led by Kurt Bauche, band director.
Students receiving diplomas included: Audrey Aegerter, Kristion A. Aldridge, Olivia Anne Armstrong, Christopher M. Bader Jr., Aaron Anthony Baechle, Brooke Susanne Bagwell, Andrew Gentry Bailey, Jennifer Sue Baird, Nicholas Wade Baker, Molly Elizabeth Barnes, Ashley Ana Bartley, Molly Anne Bauer, Joshua Devin Bay, Amber Leigh Bayless, Amber Becerra, Stephan Mychal Becerra, Jonathon Ted Belken, Amber Dawn Belvin, Yvonne Lynn Berry, Trevor Matthew Biekert, Tyler Dale Bieser, James B. Blalock, Whitney Michelle Bloom, Corey Allen Boothby, Billy Don Boyd, Maggie Elizabeth Branneky, Malia Joycelyn K. Brawley, Nicholas Clay Brewer, Leigh Anne Burnett, Trenton Taylor Busenbark, Scott Lane Buttrey Jr., Alyssa Danielle Carlyon, Sasha C. Chatman, Steven Michael Chiarelli, Gregory Robert Chilton, Brandt Steven Clemons, Jared Paul Clippard, Kirstin Renee Cockrell, Geoffrey Winlock Combs, Cortney Lee Copeland, Eleonora Costanzo, Casey C. Coulter, Tyler Ellis Craddock, Robert Dale Craig, Thomas Lee Craig II, Britany Deeann Crawford, Matthew Laurence Crecelius, Autumn R. Creson, Randy Lee Crites, Kaitlin Rae Crocker, Patty Ann Cruse, Crystal Rosemary Dalton, Chelsea Rae Davis, Brittenee Nichole Degonia, Cole Dalton Dehner, Rodney Taylor Denman, Timothy Alan Derickson, Korde Bryant Detring, Monica Dickerson, Phoebe Ruth Dickey, Breanna Eliza Dispenziere, Anthony Christopher Downs, Mark Alan Easter, Dylan Mykel Effan, Caitlin Louise Elkins, Caitlin Charlotte Epps, Matthew James Evans, Richard Franklin Yeates Fain, Bethany Dawn Faulkner, Ashleigh Elizabeth Fox, Christopher Joseph Fox, Aaron L. Francis, Derek Joseph Franklin, Eric Gabriel Fuemmeler, Jessica Kaye Gann, Cassandra Marie Garcilaso, James William Garrett, Mara Marie Garrett, Mariah Storm Garrett, Laura Elizabeth Geniec, Kodi Michael Giessing, Mayanna Jean Gilliam, Carl James Gober, Alice Kathryn Goettelmann, Hannah Nicole Good, Thomas William Gould, Chad Thomas Govreau, Carter Ryan Govro, Christopher Allen Govro, Mora Caroline Gratton, Dakota Danielle Lee Green, Matthew Scott Gremminger, Hope Lynsey Griffard, Angelica Lyn Griffin, Jerad Claten Griffin, Zachary Quaid Griffin, Jonathon Russell Gurule, Joseph Michael Hafley, Justin Lyle Hafner, Joseph Ryan Hahl, Nicholas Lee Hahn, Kristina M. Halek, Allen M. Hall, Casey Briar Hall, Stephanie Ann Halton, Jordan Lee Hampton, , Joshua William Hampton, Houston Alan Hargiss, , Kayla Brooke Harp, Patrick Wayne Hartrup, Ryan Hathaway, Sarah Marie Hayden, Ethan Ray Hedrick, Joshua Steven Heifner, Kelsey Renee Helms, Nicholas Trevor Hendrix, Sharon Renae Henson, Lindsey Ann Herbst, Kaitlin Elizabeth Herman, Mirjam Hermans, Jennifer Hope Hill, Amber Dawn Hitchcock, Alicia Amelia Hodge, Holli Marie Hoehn, Nikolas J. Holman, Ryan John Honerkamp, Leslie Earl Houston II, Meredith Massey Huffman, Andrew Lee Huhman, Matthew Thomas Huhman, Shelby Renee Hull, Steven Duane Hull, Brenda Jackson, David Clayton Jackson, Lawrence R. Jenkins, Courtney Beth Jensen, Taylor Rae Jensen, Ashley Jean Jenson, Amy Johnson, Charles Matthew Johnson, Sarah Renee Jones, Calypso Rose Kane, McKenzie Lee Kaughman, Sarah Elizabeth Kazmierczak, Connor Timothy Kellogg, Stephanie Marie Kelso, Timothy S. Ketcherside, Isaac Hessman Kiepe, Jordan Thomas Kimrey, Brian Edward King, Kristin Rachelle King, Thomas Edward Kingdon, Madelyn Shae Kinney, Kaitlin Danielle Knox, Bryan Jared Krause, Irina Julia Kurkaa, Shon Michael Lancaster, Chelsey Ann Lappe, Sydney Lynn Lappe, Kasper Trolldenier Larson, Coby Linn Lewis, Heather Jean Lewis, Joseph Patrick Lockwood, Jennifer Ashley Lowrey, Myranda Faye Marshall, Pedro Henriqe Mauri, Jennifer Danielle May, Patrick Michael McCarver, Destiny Dawn McDaniel, Todd Dewey McDaniel, Ashly Katherine McDowell, Branden Dale McDowell, Emily McGuire, Kristin Rae Alcorn Meinershagen, Brett Alan Mell, Tess Logan Mercille, John David Meyer, Joshua Alexander Miller, Lance W. Miller, Samuel Michael Miller, Story Alizabeth Miller, Tiffany M. Miller, Weston Blake Miller, Keona Minor, Andrew Joseph Monnig, Devin Wayne Montgomery, Ashley Melissa Moore, Shalimar Louise Moore, Taylor Blu Moore, Kerstey Michelle Morgan, Justin Michael Morris, Raeanna Kathryn Moyers, Alicia Jo Murray, Kjeld Neubert, Jakob Edward Newhouse, James Harry Niemann, Sidney Breann Noll, Jory Phillip Norris, Zachary David Oyler, Kirsten Alane Patterson, Robert Owen Pease, Clint William Penny Jr., Jennifer Lynn Perry, Lauren Marie Petersen, Justus Kyle Petrie, Chassity Kaye Pierce, Corey Lynn Pinkley, Jesse Dean Pipkin, Dylan Austin Plummer, Joshua Garrett Poff, Alexandra Elise Politte, Megan Nichole Politte, James Michael Poole, Larry Wayne Pratte III, Justin David Primo, Matthew Joseph Pritchett, Pierre H. Pujol, Ashley Nicole Puleo, Shawn Allen Raglin, Alexis Morgan Ramsey, Richard Alan Rawson, Aaron Michael Rector, Jackson Alexander Reese, Sara Nicole Resinger, Neeka Chloe Richardson, Gonzales Gerardo Rico, Amanda Lynn Roberts, April Lauren Robertson, Toni Louise Rolens, Samantha Rae Romines, Nicole Linn Roper, Jeremy Tyler Rousan, Lacey Jane Ruble, Emily Dawn Savage, Jessica Schaber, Michelle Alicia Schilling, Julia Kristina Ann Schmidt, Stephanie Lee Shaner, Mark Andrew Shirshekan, Jillian Kathleen Slinkard, Dakota Ray Smith, Jeffrey Thomas Smith, Michael Wayne Smith Jr., Sean Smith, Katelyn Donna Snead, Kelly Sorbello, Jessica Renee Stacy, Michael Garrett Standfuss, Brock Ketton Stewart, Tiffany Nicole Stricklin, Michelle Rose Strobl, Kyle Cullen Sullivan, Andrew Thomas Summers, Carley Rae Summers, Chelsea Marie Thomure, Adam Lee Thurman, Tyler Lee Thurman, Angela Marie Turner, Deanna Kay Turner, Allison Kay Vickers, Jenika Michele Walsh, Krista Lynn Wampler, Cameron Ward, Zachary W. Ward, Jessica Dawn Watkins, Jessica Ann Weaver, Matthew Weidenbenner, Jessi Leann West, Ryan Joseph West, Justin Andrew White, Rebecca Lynn White, Kelsie Brooke Wideman, Jenna Lee Williams, Jesse Dean Williams, Kayla Bree Williams, Jhena Brianne Willis, Bradley Edward Wisdom, Sarah Christine Womack, Tonya Jane Womble, Keri Rose Woody, and Tylair Michelle Worley.