A total of 134 students will graduate from Fredericktown High School on Sunday.

Graduation will begin at 4 p.m. in the Fredericktown High School Gymnasium.

Thirty-four students have received scholarships for their future endeavors.

One of those scholarship recipients is Senior Class President Abby Parson. She plans to attend the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she will play collegiate soccer while working toward a master's degree in accounting.

Parson said her time at Fredericktown High School was extraordinary.

"I loved the atmosphere in the school," Parson said. "Everyone was friends with each other, no matter who you were. Of course there were friend groups, but when we were all together it was incredible to see and experience those friendships."

Parson said she remembers the excitement and nerves she felt freshman year when she finally walked the halls of the high school. She said that moment was her favorite memory and making new friends was the most exciting.

As Parson prepares for her next adventure, she said she will certainly feel similar emotions during her freshman year in college. While she will surely make new friends, she has already begun making plans to keep in touch with the old ones.

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"I know everyone says it'll be hard to stay in touch with each other after graduation, but we're all planning to get together once a month at each of our colleges," Parson said. "It's such a cliche answer, but the bonds we all share are different than any other class."

Other than her friends, Parson said she will miss soccer coach Cory Carver.

"At soccer, he would always give us inspirational talks and know how to cheer up anyone having a bad day," Parson said. "In school, he knew how to make everyone feel included. I never had him as a teacher, but every time I walked by his classroom he would crack a joke with me."

Parson said the biggest accomplishment of the class of 2019 was petitioning and getting prom opened up for the underclassmen. She said she and her classmates spent hours emailing, surveying, talking to other schools, petitioning and gaining support from the staff to accomplish their goal.

"A funnier accomplishment we had was to petition for original Crispitos to be served at lunch again," Parsons said. "A few years back, we got a new lunch menu and it took off everyone's beloved Crispitos. So we started a petition throughout school and brought it to our school's attention about our need for Crispitos. Although, it wasn't very effective, we still enjoyed the laugh it gave us trying to get them back."

Parson said she would describe the class of 2019 as a family.

"We may not see each other that often after graduation, but when we do, I know it will feel like we never missed a beat with each other," Parson said. "It is so easy to get along with anyone in my class."

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Victoria Kemper is a reporter for the Daily Journal. She can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at vkemper@democratnewsonline.com


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