The Farmington Class of 2018 will graduate at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Farmington Civic Center.

Valedictorian Kimberly Ramos and Salutatorian Sarah Doty will both attend Truman State University in Kirksville this fall, both with interests in science.

Doty is majoring in Biology, with a focus in pre-medicine, while Ramos is double-majoring in Biology and English.

Ramos and Doty agreed that the biggest thing they will miss after graduation will be the people who make up the Farmington community and school district.

"I'll miss the feel of the community at Farmington High School," Doty said. "They are just a bunch of great people and it really feels like a family."

Ramos is looking forward to challenging herself as she heads off to college, an obvious fact with her plans to double-major.

"I'm looking forward to learning new things and getting the chance to test myself, skill-wise, in writing and Biology," she said.

Doty hopes to get some life experience under her belt after she leaves Farmington, but thinks that she will eventually return home to stay.

"I hope to spread my wings a little bit, I think," she said. "I want to see the world before I settle down, but I think I'm going to end up back here in Farmington."

Doty hopes to move on to medical school after attending Truman University and is considering a career as a surgeon.

Ramos said she hopes to put her Biology studies to work someday, but not until she has explored possibilities in English.

"I'd like to do something in neuroscience research, maybe," she said. "But I'm not ready to give up writing yet and I'm ready to see where that can take me."

The 288-student class will enter the Civic Center Sunday 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. 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.

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 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 10 students of the class.

Hostetler will then present the valedictorian and salutatorian. Ramos will then speak. Following Ramos' speech, Naes will then lead the school song with the accompaniment of the Farmington High School Band.

Hostetler will then confer the class its degrees, followed by the ceremonial recessional by the Farmington High School Band.

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Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at jscott@dailyjournalonline.com.


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