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Local graduations are scheduled

Friday, May 9, 2003

Valedictorians will speak at many ceremonies

SIKESTON - Ask any high school senior how many days until graduation and most offer a detailed answer. Some have it down to the hour.

Whether the seniors are anticipating or dreading their final moments as high school students, the graduation season has arrived.

On May 20, approximately 200 members of the Sikeston High School Class of 2003 will enter the Sikeston High School Field House for their graduation.

Members of the class have competed for the right to address family and friends during the 7 p.m. ceremony with the speakers to be announced this Monday during the Awards Ceremony. The names of the valedictorian and the salutatorian will remain under wraps until the night of graduation.

The Sikeston Ministerial Alliance is hosting a baccalaureate service for the high school graduates. The service will begin at 2 p.m. May 18 at the Miner Baptist Church.

The 80-member Kelly High School Class of 2003 will receive their diplomas in a ceremony at 8 p.m. May 13 at the high school. School officials are still tallying the points to determine who will lead the class as valedictorian and salutatorian. While scholarships are announced at the Kelly High School graduation, other senior awards will be announced Monday during the school's awards assembly.

Twenty-one Scott County Central High School seniors will be honored at graduation, slated for 8 p.m. May 16 at school gymnasium. Salutatorian Samantha Huff, the daughter of David and Teresa Jones, and this year's valedictorian, LaDonna Lovel, daughter of Jimmy and Wanda Lovel, will be the speakers at graduation.

There are three valedictorians leading the Oran High School graduating class during ceremonies at 2 p.m. May 18 in the school gymnasium. Named valedictorians of the 28-member class are Nathan Seyer, son of Tom and Sherry Seyer; Brandy Shy, daughter of Sam and Kathy Shy; and Ryne Wood, son of Mitch and Shawn Wood. The salutatorian of the class is Candice Duncan, daughter of Lindy Duncan and Robin Hill.

The Oran graduation will feature speeches by the three valedictorians along with the announcement of scholarships.

The valedictorian and salutatorian of the 70-member Charleston High School Class of 2003 won't be announced until graduation, which begins at 8 p.m. May 19 in the school gymnasium.

East Prairie alumna Kelle Cates will address the 58 members of the East Prairie graduating class at the 7:30 p.m. May 23 graduation. Also speaking at the ceremony, which will be in the high school gym, will be the valedictorian and salutatorian.

East Prairie school officials noted this year there are several students in contention for top honors as valedictorian. "It will be right down to the wire," said Carolyn Slinkard. "We won't know until after the grade cutoff."

The East Prairie High School award's assembly will be at 1 p.m. May 22. Scholarships for the seniors will be announced at the assembly.

A combined baccalaureate-commencement ceremony is planned for the 30 members of the Gideon High School graduating class. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. May 18 in the school cafetorium and will include the presentation of scholarships.

Six students completed their high school years with top grades earning them valedictorian honors at New Madrid County Central High School. The six along with the other seniors will be honored at the graduation to begin at 6:30 p.m. May 20 in the high school gymnasium. The graduation will include the announcement of some scholarships and awards and will be followed by the Project Graduation celebration.

Approximately 65 Portageville High School seniors will receive their diplomas at ceremonies to begin at 8 p.m. May 22 on the school football field. The featured speakers will be the class valedictorian and salutatorian, who have not yet been named. Following the ceremony, the seniors will leave for Project Graduation at Dyersburg.

A baccalaureate service for the Portageville High School graduates will be at 3 p.m. May 18 at First Assembly of God Church in Portageville.

The 18 seniors in the Risco High School senior class will return from their senior trip to Florida on May 15 with baccalaureate and graduation slated for May 18. The baccalaureate, hosted by area churches, begins at 2 p.m. May 18 in the school cafeteria with graduation at 4 p.m. May 18, also in the cafeteria.

The valedictorian for the Risco seniors is Greg Landers, son of Steve and Vanessa Landers of Risco, and Amber Ford, daughter of Allen and Robin Ford of Parma, is the salutatorian.

Leading the 31-member Richland High School graduating class is Daniel Scott McGariety, the son of Dennis and Vanessa McGarity, while this year's salutatorian is Jessica Lynne Sanders, daughter of Paul and Vickie Sanders. They will be the featured speakers at graduation set for 8 p.m. May 16 in the high school gymnasium; scholarships and awards will be announced at this time also.