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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • Marceline Seniors Look Back, Move Forward

  • The annual commencement ceremonies for Marceline High School took place yesterday at Tiger Fieldhouse. This year, 46 seniors crossed the stage, finishing off their final commitment to the school that is now their alma mater.
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  • The annual commencement ceremonies for Marceline High School took place yesterday at Tiger Fieldhouse. This year, 46 seniors crossed the stage, finishing off their final commitment to the school that is now their alma mater.  
    The processional song of “Pomp and Circumstance” was played by the Marceline High School Band, under the direction of Mr. Aaron Thomas. The seniors entered the Fieldhouse one at a time and remained standing with the crowd through the playing of our National Anthem.  
    The MHS Band was joined by its seniors one last time, as the band played “High Water Mark: The Third Day” by Michael Sweeney. Marceline Superintendent Dr. Gabe Edgar introduced Principal Matt Finch, as well as the R-5 Board of Education.  The commencement address was jointly given this year by Class President Frankie Herring and Student Council President Faith Jordan.  
    The pair looked back at the Class of 2014 and noted how it wasn’t until they donned their caps and gowns that the reality of graduation had sat upon many of them. They recalled movie nights, Friday Night Lights, and all of the various other activities that the Class of 2014 had taken part in at Marceline High School.  
    But they also noted that this journey was not done alone. They urged their fellow graduates to think back upon, and to appreciate, all of the people that had helped them get to where they are today.  
    They tasked their fellow seniors to go out into the world and to try new things. They related to their classmates that they were indeed the authors of their own stories, and that they should make them good ones.  
    After the address, the sounds of 80s hit “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds was played while the graduates delivered flowers to their loved ones. The Class of 2014 found parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other loved ones, scattered throughout the Fieldhouse.  
    Following their return to their assigned seats, the annual “Seniors Through the Years” video was played. This video, assembled by MHS instructors Chris and Lori Rollison, showcased the graduates as children or babies, and then one of their senior pictures.  
    Principal Finch then recognized the members of the Class of 2014 for their academic achievements. He began by recognizing School Secretary Missi Herriman, who works with each graduating class to make sure their commencement is a special one.  
    Finch then recognized the floral arrangements from Busy Bee, and the work of the R-5 Maintenence Staff in preparing the Fieldhouse for graduation. Finch then recognized the Class Officers: Frankie Herring-President, Whitney Warner-Vice President, Luke Smith-Secretary, and Faith Jordan-Treasurer. 

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