Famous American blues singer B.B. King is credited with saying, “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” A total of 46 students from Bismarck High School will take the knowledge they have received over the past 13 years of school and go out into the world as adults.
Graduation will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. at the high school gymnasium. Music for the commencement ceremony will be provided by the high school band under the direction of Dennis Mayberry and by the high school choir under the direction of Matthew Boyer.
The ceremony will include a welcome from Principal Katie Martinez and an address from Superintendent Jason King.
The salutatorian for the class of 2019 is Jade McEntire. She is the daughter of Kim Fisher and Marty McEntire. She said her parents and her brother, Devin McEntire, helped to get her to where she is now.
“I have worked very hard through my educational career and being salutatorian is a great honor,” said McEntire. “I’m absolutely ecstatic.”
McEntire has been involved in student council throughout high school and is currently the student council treasurer. She is also the vice president of the senior class. In addition, she played softball, volleyball, and was a cheerleader.
McEntire is also a part of pep club and National Honor Society and has been involved in the Special Olympics Unified Basketball Team.
McEntire said one of the greatest thing she has been involved in has been adopting families for Christmas.
“Helping to put a smile on a child’s face who may not experience a Christmas fills my heart with joy,” she said.
After graduation, she plans to attend Mineral Area College and enter their RN program. She has earned 34 college credit hours since the beginning of her junior year.
McEntire plans to get her RN, and then attend Central Methodist University and obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and then continue on at Goldfarb in St. Louis to become a nurse anesthesiologist. She said her goal is to work at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.
The valedictorian for the class is Shaylin Ryder. She is the daughter of Natalie and Bo Henson, and Randy Ryder.
“Being valedictorian is something I have wanted since my middle school years,” said Ryder, “I have worked hard to maintain my GPA and I am excited that all of my hard work has paid off.”
Ryder has been involved in National Honor Society, Integrity Leadership Committee, pep club, and is the president of the senior class.
Ryder plans to attend College of the Ozarks after graduating. Ryder plans to study animal science and minor in agribusiness. Ryder said she is not completely sure what she wants to do with a degree in animal science, but she wants to work with animals in some way.