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Bismarck High graduates 41

A total of 41 Bismarck High School seniors took part in graduation ceremonies held Friday evening in the school’s gymnasium.

Commencement exercises began with the playing of “Pomp and Circumstance,” followed by “The Star-Spangled Banner,” performed by the High School Choir under the direction of Matthew Boyer.

The welcome was given by Principal Carmen Barton and Senior Class President Madison Dugal.

Superintendent Jason King offered words of wisdom in his address to the graduating class.

The first address of the evening was given by Salutatorian Devon Warden, who finishes his high school years with a 5.174 GPA on a four-point scale. He is the son of Sarah Becker.

While in high school, he served as president of the National Honor Society, was a member of the Pep Club and a starter for the basketball team. He was selected Elks Student of the Month, has completed 92 credit hours at Mineral Area College and received an A+ scholarship.

This fall he plans to enter the RN program at MAC, complete his bachelor’s degree online through Central Methodist University, complete two years in the emergency room and then go back to school for his nurse anesthesiologist degree.

Addressing the audience, Warden said in part, “As thankful as I am to be in this position, I know it’s been a hard road for all of us coming to this point in our lives. It just shows how strong we are to not only overcome those obstacles but go above and beyond them to get where we are today, as well as get farther in life. Hopefully, everybody in here will be as successful as I believe they can be.

“I think possibly the most important thing I can pass down to my fellow classmates — as well as everybody else coming out — is that the world is harsh, and it will always be harsh. You only have those you can really trust while everyone else is only looking for their personal gain and they will do anything to put you down. Luckily for me, I’ve had a pretty great group — not only my family, but also my friends.”

Warden’s speech was followed by the valedictorian address by Whitley Lands, who graduated with a 5.175 GPA on a four-point scale. She is the daughter of Jeff and Wendy Sisk of Bismarck.

Lands has been active in softball, the National Honor Society and Art Club during her high school years. She has completed 52 credit hours at MAC and won “Best of Show” at the MAC Art Show.

She has received the Missouri State University Provost and Daughters of the American Revolution scholarships. Following graduation, she will be attending Missouri State University in Springfield where she intends to earn a degree in physical therapy.

In her address, Lands said in part, “It is such a blessing to be receiving this award, but I wouldn’t have been able to do it without other people. First, I’d like to show my appreciation to my mom and stepdad. You two have encouraged me to be the best I can be in everything I’ve ever done. Love and support is all I’ve ever gotten from you — even when I made it difficult for you to do so. I promise I’m not going to let you down in these years to come.

“Next I’d like to thank Bismarck’s staff and administration. I think we often forget all that they do for us throughout our high school years. They kept us all in line and did all that they could do to prepare us for this day. I also want to acknowledge Coach Hagerty and Coach Henson for being such amazing coaches and for them being part of the best experience I’ve ever had during high school. I’ve learned a lot from you on and off the ballfield and it’s greatly appreciated.”

Following Lands’ speech, high school members of the band, under the direction of Dennis Mayberry, performed, “The Way We Were,” by Marvin Hamlisch.

The Indian of the Year award is presented each year by the student council, faculty and staff to a graduating senior who exhibits the highest of the following — school spirit, leadership, scholarship and citizenship. Student Council President Dugal presented the 2018 award to Timothy Mork.

Following the award presentation, Principal Barton introduced the senior video, a montage of photos featuring this year’s graduates — many with photos from early childhood as well as their most recent.

The video was followed by the Presentation of Roses, a time set aside at each year’s ceremony when graduating seniors hand deliver floral arrangements to parents, teachers, relatives and friends who have made a positive impact on their lives. The most anticipated and emotional part of each year’s Bismarck graduation ceremony, this year’s presentation produced plenty of tears, words of appreciation, laughter and hugs.

Next, the senior class was presented by Principal Barton to Superintendent King and diplomas were bestowed on the graduates by the board of education.

Commencement exercises concluded with the turning of the tassels and playing of the recessional, “Pomp and Circumstance.”

Members of the Graduating Class of 2018 are Brianna Marie Nicole Beard, Ryan Lee Bennett, Bret Lee Berry, James Matthew Bone II, Kaitlyn Nicole Borgmann, Chad Eric Brown, Kendra Lyn Cooper, Harley Sue Eileen Cotton, Meranda Lynn Cureton, Hunter Joseph Drake, Dalton David Dugal, Madison Paige Dugal, Aedan Sloan Felty, Grant Thomas Fitzwater, Joseph Michael Gillyon Jr., Levi W.B. Gilmer, Malcolm Riley Hawkins, Katlin Nicole Jaycox, Emily Jean Johnson, Kane Michael Johnson, Kane Michael Johnson, Joshua David Kennedy, Christian Patrick Knowles, Riley Jo Land, Whitley Lorene Lands, Dakota Jabez Mandina, Dominick Michael Matzker, Anna Rose Missey, Zachary Michael Missey, Timothy Blake Mork, Tyler William Parks, Raymond Richard Scott Pesek, James Nicholas Shrewsbury, Adam Rhys Simonton, Christopher Michael Smith, Jason Terry Michael Sorrell, Dennis Ray Spradling Jr. Ashley Rose Turner, Kelli Lynn Turner, Devon Charles Warden, Ashton Renae Womble and Ryan Yair Yarza.

“It is such a blessing to be receiving this award, but I wouldn’t have been able to do it without other people.” — Whitley Lands, valedictorian

2015-16 Senior Scholarship Awards

Brianna Beard – A+ Scholarship, Bismarck Alumni Scholarship, CPR Completion

Kaitlyn Borgmann – A+ Scholarship

Kendra Cooper – A+ Scholarship

Meranda Cureton – A+ Scholarship

Hunter Drake – A+ Scholarship, Elks Teen of the Month, Bismarck Alumni Scholarship

Dalton Dugal – A+ Scholarship

Madison Dugal – A+ Scholarship, Elks Teen of the Month, Elks Teen of the Year, Bismarck Alumni Scholarship, Nick Layton Memorial Scholarship, Mineral Area Board of Trustees Scholarship, St. Francois County Rotary Club Scholarship, Bismarck VFW and Auxiliary Scholarship

Aedan Felty – A+ Scholarship, Freeman Family Scholarship, Webster University Scholarship

Joseph Gillyon – A+ Scholarship

Levi Gilmer – A+ Scholarship

Malcolm Hawkins – A+ Scholarship

Katlin Jaycox – A+ Scholarship

Emily Johnson – A+ Scholarship

Joshua Kennedy – A+ Scholarship

Christian Knowles – A+ Scholarship

Riley Land – A+ Scholarship, Elks Teen of the Month

Whitley Lands – A+ Scholarship, Provost Scholarship Missouri State University, Daughters of American Revolution Scholarship

Dakotah Mandina – A+ Scholarship, Elks Teen of the Month, Truman State University Foundation Scholarship, Tru-Merit Scholarship, University Gift Scholarship, Presidents Honorary Music Scholarship, Hasty Family Scholarship, Norma Blanche Glahn Scholarship

Anna Missey – A+ Scholarship, Elks Teen of the Month

Timothy Mork – A+ Scholarship, Elks Teen of the Month, Bismarck Alumni Scholarship

Raymond Pesek – Elks Teen of the Month

James Shrewsbury – A+ Scholarship

Ashley Turner – A+ Scholarship, Elks Teen of the Month, MAC Music Scholarship

Devon Warden – A+ Scholarship, Elks Teen of the Month

Ashton Womble – A+ Scholarship, Bismarck Alumni Scholarship

Ryan Yarza – A+ Scholarship

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See more photos at www.dailyjournalonline.com.” width=”800″ /> Forty-one seniors took part in Friday night’s Bismarck High School commencement exercises held in the gymnasium. The graduation ceremony was dignified and respectful as the Class of 2018 prepared to receive their diplomas and begin the next step in their life journey.

See more photos at www.dailyjournalonline.com.

Valedictorian Whitley Lands graduated with a 5.175 GPA on a four-point scale, while Salutatorian Devon Warden finished right behind with a 5.174 GPA.

Valedictorian Whitley Lands graduated with a 5.175 GPA on a four-point scale, while Salutatorian Devon Warden finished right behind with a 5.174 GPA.

As always, the annual Rose Ceremony brought, tears, laughter, words of appreciation and plenty of hugs between graduates and the flowers' recipients.

As always, the annual Rose Ceremony brought, tears, laughter, words of appreciation and plenty of hugs between graduates and the flowers’ recipients.

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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