SIKESTON -- As seniors count down the final days of their high school career, the majority of them will receive their diplomas beginning next week with the remaining to follow the week after.
Approximately 270 Sikeston Senior High School students are expected to file into the Sikeston Field at their 7:30 p.m. May 24 commencement.
Members of the class competed for the right to address family and friends during the ceremony, and winners were announced Monday night at the high school's awards ceremony. Speakers will be Cullen DeHart, Meredyth Moyers, Josh Powers and Whitney Wallace. The valedictorian and salutatorian will not be named until graduation night.
Twenty-six members of the Gideon High School class of 2005 will commence at 3 p.m. May 15 in the school's cafetorium. The valedictorian and salutatorian will be announced graduation night.
Kelly High School also has one of the earliest groups of graduating seniors this year with 80 students expected to receive their diplomas during the 8 p.m. May 17 ceremony in the high school gym. School officials say the valedictorian and salutatorian have yet to be determined.
Fifty-two students at Portageville High School will receive their diplomas during the May 19 commencement. The event begins at 8 p.m. at the Vic Reeve's Athletic Field and valedictorian and salutatorian will not be named until graduation night.
Scott County Central valedictorians Josh Boley and Tiffany Graves and salutatorian Kim Davis will lead their class of 23 at their May 20 graduation. The ceremony begins at 8 p.m. in the high school gym.
The East Prairie R-2 High School graduation is set for 7 p.m. May 20 in the high school gym. Sixty-one students are slated to graduate and the guest speaker will be Jason Irby, boys' basketball coach. Students are still vying to be valedictorian and salutatorian.
Richland High School in Essex will conduct its graduation ceremony at 8 p.m. May 20 in the high school gym. Twenty-four students make up the schools class of 2005. Grades are still being figured for the top two spots of the class.
May 20 is also the date of Dexter High School's graduation. The event, set for 7:30 p.m. on the high school track, will graduate 147 students. Valedictorian and salutatorian are unknown at this time.
A baccalaureate will be held at 2 p.m. May 21 for the 15 members of the Risco High School class of 2005. The graduation will begin at 4 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Valedictorian Ashley Smith and salutatorian Keri McCloud will head their class of 15.
Valedictorian Tori St. Cin and salutatorian Amanda Eftink will lead the Oran High School graduating class. Twenty-six students are expected to graduate during the 2 p.m. May 22 ceremony in the high school gym.
Bloomfield High School will conduct its graduation at 4 p.m. May 22 in the high school gym. Fifty-six students will receive their diplomas with Dana Tessens serving as valedictorian and Casey Duncan as salutatorian.
About 95 New Madrid County Central seniors will receive their diplomas May 24 with the ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the high school gym. This year the school has named five valedictorians: David Craft, Chelsea Howell, Amanda Irby, Sherman Newsome and Betsy White. Scholarships will also be awarded at the event.
And at Charleston R-1, nearly 60 seniors will graduate during the 8 p.m. May 25 ceremony held in the high school gym. Attendees are reminded to bring their tickets because no one can enter without them. Grade point averages are still being figured to determine the valedictorian and salutatorian.