Bucklin High School graduated five seniors on Friday, the second-smallest graduating class in the school’s history.

The Bucklin seniors followed tradition, but left their mark on the school as they start a new chapter in their lives.

Bucklin senior Damara Riley said in her class welcome there is much more for the class to accomplish.

“Remember this is only the beginning of our journey,” Riley said. “It is time to close this chapter of our lives and start a new one.”

It was a full house in the Bucklin gymnasium on Friday. Friends and family came to celebrate the graduation ceremonies for Bucklin eighth graders as well as the class of ‘18.

Riley was chosen as the class salutatorian and Kellen Robertson was chosen as the class valedictorian.

In Robertson’s valedictorian address, she urged her class an audience to follow their dreams.

“Changed circumstances do not mean your dreams are diminished,” Robertson said.

The senior class was awarded 32 scholarships totaling over $26,000. Riley and senior Bryce Passig were both awarded A+ scholarships. The pair plan to attend North Central Missouri College in the fall. Robertson will attend Missouri University Columbia this fall. Seniors Sonny Dow and Phillip Young have joined the United States military and will leave for boot camp at the end of the summer.