Marceline High School graduated 49 seniors this past Sunday at the Marceline Field House.
The ceremony remembered the time these students have spent in school, much of the class being together since kindergarten.
After the processional lead by the Marceline High School Band, the commencement ceremony began with a commencement address from seniors Gabe Kelly and Madison Stahl. The two seniors recounted many memories made while enrolled in the Marceline School District. Their address made connections between every member of the graduating class.
Stahl says she will always remember her time at Marceline High School.
“As our high school journey comes to an end, we can’t forget all of the memories we made together, memories to last a lifetime,” Stahl said.
During the ceremony, Kelly and Stahl took time to recognize all of the mothers in the audience for Mother’s Day.
Marceline High School principal Matt Finch took the stage to give an honorary diploma to the family of Maysell Crossland. Crossland was on track to graduate with honors, but was killed in a rollover crash in late 2017. Her family accepted the diploma to a standing ovation.
Finch says Crossland will be remembered as an exemplary student.
“She will always be remembered by her classmates and teachers for being a kind, caring and an intelligent young lady,” Finch said.
Later, Finch announced the many achievements of the senior class. Twenty seven graduates received A+ scholarships from the state of Missouri. Fourteen graduates received honors diplomas and 17 graduates were members of the National Honors Society. Students were recognized for their community service work with Marceline Rotary Interact. Collectively, the students volunteered more than 650 hours.
Several students finished high school with a perfect grade point average. In order to choose a salutatorian and valedictorian, A- grades were weighted against their averages. Trinity Allen was selected as the class salutatorian and Whitney Sheffield was chosen as the class valedictorian.
The seniors gave out many flowers during the flower presentation. The class flowers were a tiger lily and purple carnation. The class song played during the presentation was “Five More Minutes” by Scotty McCreery.
The ceremony ended after the diplomas had been handed out. As Finch closed the ceremony, the seniors threw their caps in the air and proceeded out of the field house as the Marceline band played “The Traveler.”