C.S. Lewis is credited with saying, “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” This will be the case for 103 Central High School students as they make their final appearance at the school on Thursday to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas.
Central High School Principal Michael Johnson said that the administration has planned a commencement ceremony that will be meaningful, dignified, and complimentary for each graduate while recognizing and celebrating special achievements in their young lives.
The commencement ceremony is scheduled to begin on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the T.J. Foulon Field House.
“Commencement is a formal gathering and certain etiquette should be adhered to while attending,” said Johnson. “We ask that the audience stand during the processional to honor our graduates, we ask that individuals remain seated during the ceremony and do their best to keep young children from becoming a distraction, we ask that cell phones and other electronic devices be turned off or at minimum be silence as to not cause a distraction, and we ask that individuals refrain from loud talking or outbursts during the ceremony - polite applause for each graduate is acceptable.”
Music for the commencement ceremony will be provided by the Central High School Concert Band and Central High School Concert Choir. A+ and scholarship awards will be given out along with UniTec awards and recognition of honor students, and remarks from Class President Jade Brewer.
The salutatorian for the class of 2019 is Katherine Galvan. She has been a member of Student Council and DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) during her entire four-year high school career. Galvan has attended competition for DECA and received district finalist title and advanced on to state competition.
“During my junior year, I was able to compete at the national level in the leadership category of DECA,” said Galvan. She also said she has been involved in National Honor Society, Foreign Language Club, and History Club through the years as well.
“I have been granted many opportunities through Central High School such as the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar as well as Missouri Girls’ State,” said Galvan.
“I am incredibly proud to be salutatorian,” said Galvan. “After graduation, I plan to attend Southeast Missouri State University and earn a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice,” said Galvan.
Galvan said she then plans to attend Missouri State University Law School and become an attorney.
Hadlee Woods has earned the honor of being named valedictorian of the Central High School Class of 2019. Woods has been involved in numerous activities throughout her high school career. Woods has been a member of the Central Marching Rebels throughout her high school career and served as drum major for the 2018-2019 school year.
Woods has also been a member of National Honor Society, Foreign Language Club, Science Club, and History Club. In addition, Woods graduated with her Associate’s Degree from Mineral Area College on Saturday.
“I’m very excited about being valedictorian,” said Woods. “Holding this title has been my goal since middle school and I’ve worked very hard to earn it.”
Woods plans to attend Missouri State University in the fall and earn a degree in physical therapy.