The Farmington Class of 2018 will graduate at 2 p.m. this Sunday at the Farmington Civic Center.
The 288-student class will enter the Civic Center to the traditional tune of “Pomp and Circumstance,” performed by the Farmington High School Band under the direction of Elliot Naes.
The band will then perform “Star-Spangled Banner” while the Farmington High School Air Force JROTC Color Guard presents the colors.
Student Council President Elizabeth Felker will then welcome the students and crowd to the ceremony. Immediately following will be a recognition of students entering the military while Assistant Band Director Matt Kasper leads the Symphonic and Concert bands in the “Armed Forces Salute.”
The Class of 2018 has eight members who will entering the military after graduation.
Mineral Area College President Dr. Steven Kurtz will then offer some words to the students.
Senior Class President Hailey Swain will then issue the “senior challenge” to the junior class, which will then be responded to by Junior Class President Kody Winch.
Under the direction of Mrs. Claire Naes, the A Cappella Choir will perform the senior song, “I Lived.”
High School English Teacher Bobby Upchurch will next address the class.
High School Associate Principal Jamie LaMonds will then present the Knight of the Year, followed by High School Principal Nathan Hostetler’s presentation of the top ten students of the class.
Hostetler will then present the valedictorian and salutatorian, Kimberly Ramos and Sarah Doty, respectively, followed by a speech by the Ramos.
Claire Naes will then lead the school song with the accompaniment of the Farmington High School Band, directed by Mr. Elliot Naes.
Hostetler will then confer the class its degrees, followed by the ceremonial recessional by the Farmington High School Band under the direction of Matt Kasper.
Thirty members of the Class of 2018 will be graduating with a Mineral Area College Associate of Arts Degree and an additional 29 will be graduating with CNA certification.
Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.