Abby Bradley, left, was valedictorian of the Rock Port Class of 2019. Katie Lininger, right, was salutatorian.

Mrs. Shauna Farmer, far right, recognized the top 10 seniors of 2019. Pictured above, left to right, are: Jacie McMahon, Preston Jones, Ashley Christian, Josie Watkins, Zachary Clauson, Ayden Wilroy, Riley Vogler, Ashley Cue, Katie Lininger, and Abby Bradley.

Superintendent Mr. Sickels brought a few laughs and smiles to the faces of the senior class as he took them on an adventure where they would get to write the ending.

RPHS graduates Denzil Gutierrez, left, and Matthew Hance, right, head to the high school commons area to start the receiving line. They are followed by classmate Preston Klappenbach.

Hallee Bradley gives Mrs. Lynn Hunter a hug as she presented Hallee with the Rock Port Baptist scholarship.

Rock Port School board President Jeremy Davis presents Jared Thomas with his diploma.

Cynthia Minino receives her scholarship packet from High School Principal Donnie Parsons.

Ayden Wilroy receives his medal from Superintendent Ethan Sickels for finishing fifth in the class.

High School Principal Donnie Parsons presents Brock Martin with his packet of awards and scholarships.

A commencement ceremony was held for the Rock Port High School Class of 2019 graduates at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 12, in the high school gym. This year’s graduates included: Gavin Michael Abbott, McKenna Ann Barnhart, valedictorian Abby Danielle Bradley, Hallee Marie Bradley, Ashley Marie Christian, Zachary James Clauson, Trejan Kendrick Criger, Ashley Janae Cue, Domonic Michael Evans, Jentry Sloan Freemyer, Aden Scott Fritzler, Kelcie Loren Gaines, Brett Michael Gayler, Denzil Gise Gutierrez, Aaron Thomas Haltman, Matthew Douglas Hance, Preston Carlyle Jones, Preston Michael Klappenbach, salutatorian Katie Jean Lininger, Brock Allen Martin, Jacie Morgan McMahon, Cynthia Jean Minino-Meinders, Emma Josephine Pankau, Dalton Lyle Stevens, Jared Rhandon Thomas, Riley Anna Vogler, Josie Elizabeth Watkins, Ayden Connor Wilroy, and Ethan Wayne Wood.

The seniors proceeded into the gym to “Pomp & Circumstance” and Superintendent Ethan Sickels welcomed all in attendance and also gave the address. Counselor Shauna Farmer presented the students with scholarships and awards with the help of Principal Donnie Parsons. Principal Parsons presented the class, and diplomas were handed out by school board president Jeremy Davis, board vice-president Clay Vogler, and board member Ken Miller. The senior class video presentation was played and then the graduates exited the gym to their class song, “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen.

Ushers were Marisa Carder, Beth Davis, Will Oswald, and Gabe Minter. The class colors were periwinkle and pearl, flower was hydrangea, and motto was “In the end it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” Class sponsors were Jacob Erdman, Abby Palmer, and Amy Skillen. Class officers were: Kelcie Gaines, president; Hallee Bradley, vice-president; Riley Vogler, secretary; Zachary Clauson, treasurer; Ashley Christian and Denzil Gutierrez, Student Council representatives; Riley Vogler, Student Body president; Josie Watkins, Student Body vice-president; and Zachary Clauson, Student Body treasurer.

Awards presented were as follows:

McKenna Barnhart:  “Principal’s Art Gallery” award for artwork on display in the elementary since the 2011-2012 school year.

Denzil Guiterrez: 2 year vocational certificate from Northwest Technical School in Maryville.

Cynthia Minino-Meinders: Warren and Evalyn Morgan Charitable Trust High School Vocational Scholarship for high school students in the amount of $2,500.

Jentry Freemyer: Northwest Missouri State University’s $2,000 renewable Tower Scholarship, the Go Green Grant, $500 Adopt a Bearcat and the $1,700 Alice M. Oliver Nursing School Scholarship.

Matthew Hance: Peru State College Cooperating Schools Scholarship.

Emma Pankau: $1,500 renewable University Scholar Award from Northwest Missouri State University.

Aden Fritzler: half tuition scholarship from the University of Arkansas.

Preston Klappenbach: First Lutheran Church of Rock Port’s Scholarship.

Hallee Bradley:  A+ awardee, Watson Outreach Foundation $500 scholarship, the Baptist Church Scholarship, and a $1,500 two-year renewable A+ Scholarship to Northwest Missouri State University.

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Kelcie Gaines: A+ awardee, Gene Bunn and Merle and Vera Walters Methodist Church Scholarships, the $1,000 Atchison County Development Vocational Scholarship, Presidential Award of Excellence certificate, $2,000 MFA Scholarship (sponsored by Ag Choice of Rock Port and Fairfax), Rock Port’s CTA $500 educational scholarship, Warren and Evalyn Morgan Scholarship, and the Velda Kincaid Scholarship.

Dalton Stevens: New Horizon Scholarship, First Baptist Church of Tarkio Scholarship, The Association of Marksman of the National Guard $500 award, and a $600 Freshman Tuition Scholarship to Southeast Community College in Beatrice. Dalton has joined the Nebraska Army National Guard and will leave for basic at Fort Jackson in September and then will take Advance Individual Training at Fort Gordan.

Brock Martin: Warren and Evalyn Morgan Trust Award, First Lutheran Church Scholarship, and a $750 College Academic Excellence award from Southeast Community College in Beatrice.

Jacie McMahon: A+ awardee, PEO, Rock Port Optimist Club’s $500 Bill Andrews Scholarship, Warren & Evalyn Morgan Scholarship, a $400 scholarship from the Northwest Sportsman’s Club, and a renewable $1,500 University Scholar Award from Northwest Missouri State University, and “Principal’s Art Gallery” Award for artwork on display in the elementary from 2010-2011.

Preston Jones: Husker Power Scholarship, providing in-state tuition, from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Preston has completed the Upward Bound Academy during high school.

Ashley Christian: Presidential Award, Beta Gals Scholarship, Rotary Scholarship, Warren and Evalyn Morgan Scholarship, and $3,000 renewable Academic Excellence Award to Northwest Missouri State University.

Josie Watkins: Presidential Award of Excellence, Liberty Theatre award, Watson Outreach Scholarship, $5,000 renewable academic award and renewable $1,000 Audition award from the University of Missouri- Kansas City Conservatory utilizing her

Zachary Clauson: Presidential Award of Excellence, Rock Port Methodist Church Scholarship, Rotary Scholarship,  $500 A.C. Bin Scholarship, Warren & Evalyn Morgan Scholarship. Kansas State University has offered Zachary a MSEP Enhancement Grant of $2,500 a year and a $10,500 a year Midwest Student Exchange Scholarship.

Ayden Wilroy: Presidential Award of Excellence, FFA Alumni Scholarship, Missouri Western Army ROTC full tuition scholarship with a four year total of $52,000. Ayden has also completed the Upward Bound program at NWMSU. He is the first Rock Port R-II student to receive the Hagan Scholarship Foundation Award. This scholarship will cover all other unpaid expenses, other than travel and personal costs, after deducting the FAFSA and dollar amount of all other scholarships. Recipients may receive up to $10,000 a year and a stipend to travel abroad.

Riley Vogler: Gene Bunn Scholarship, Merle and Vera Walter Scholarship, First Lutheran Church of Rock Port Scholarship. Riley has received two scholarships from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a $3,000 renewable Excellence Scholar Award and an $8,000 renewable Nancy Brady Kratchman Award, and “Principal’s Art Gallery” award for artwork on display in the elementary since the 2011-2012 school year.

Ashley Cue: Presidential Award of Excellence, Gene Bunn Scholarship, Warren and Evalyn Morgan Scholarship, Louis Bell Scholarship, and a $6,000 renewable Advantage Scholarship to study Nursing at the University of Nebraska- Omaha.

Katie Lininger: National Honor Society Scholarship and a renewable $3,000 Chancellor Scholarship from Peru State College.

Abby Bradley: Gene Bunn Scholarship, Merle and Vera Walter Scholarship, 40&8 Scholarship, Warren and Evalyn Morgan Scholarship, $1,000 Bob Phelps Memorial Scholarship, First Lutheran Church of Rock Port Scholarship, a University of Missouri Access Grant and a MoTiger Scholarship totaling $2,500 and renewable for four years.

The top 10 seniors of 2019 were also recognized (based on a four point weighted scale): Abby Bradley was valedictorian with a cumulative grade point average of 4.4325; Katie Lininger was salutatorian with a cumulative grade point average of 4.3612; Ashley Cue, 3rd; riley Vogler, 4th; Ayden Wilroy, 5th; Zachary Clauson, 6th; Josie Watkins, 7th; Ashley Christian, 8th; Preston Jones, 9th; and Jacie McMahon, 10th.