Randolph County Graduation Events

Randolph County school districts are looking to celebrate the Class of 2021 graduation ceremonies in the coming weeks.

Westran High School in Huntsville and Northeast R-IV School in Cairo will begin the celebrations among the county’s four high schools as they are both scheduled to have a 2 p.m. graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 16.

Each of their events takes place inside their respective gyms, and activity directors Aaron O’Laughlin from Westran and Greg Taylor from Cairo have both said there are no restrictions related to COVID.

Taylor said the Cairo major is Emily Decoske, while the co-salutators are Quincy Wiegand and Saige Niemeier. A special video presentation featuring the 32 senior graduates will be presented at the ceremony.

Westran has 37 members of his 2021 class crossing the stage next Sunday, O’Laughlin reported.

Ireland Chapman and Kylee Sanner are co-Valedictorians, and the Salvationian is Madeline Burton. The three seniors will deliver a speech and Sanner, who is also the senior president of the class, will deliver an opening speech.

Moberly is expected to graduate 151 seniors when it opens on Sunday May 23, high school principal Jeff Jones reported.

“It will be a great day to honor our seniors who have gone through a difficult year, but who have persevered and thrived,” said Jones. “We are looking forward to hosting this event outside the stadium. It is a beautiful place for our graduates and their guests.

Weather permitting, the outdoor ceremony is tentatively set for 2 p.m. at Dr Larry K. Noel Spartan Stadium, and in lieu of COVID-related security measures, each graduate has been given eight tickets to give to anyone they choose. to attend the Jones event mentioned. However, if the event is moved indoors, only four guests per graduate will be allowed to attend the ceremony.

“The start time of the graduation ceremony will be adjusted based on the weather forecast. This can be adjusted as early as 10 am or until 4 pm with the location unchanged, ”Jones said. “If the forecast precludes a single outdoor ceremony, the graduation ceremony will be moved inside the school’s performing arts center. The ceremony for graduates whose last name starts from A to K will start at noon and a ceremony for graduates whose last name starting with the letters L to Z will start at 3:00 p.m. “

For those who cannot attend, the graduation ceremony will be streamed live online on the school district’s website.

Any decision on another plan will be communicated to graduates and their families via email, text alert and social media, Jones added.

“Of course, our preference is to have a single ceremony to celebrate the entire graduating class together,” Jones said. “We know this is a priority for our graduates because they have been on this path together for a long time and want to take this milestone as a class.”

While there are no featured debut speakers, Jones said Moberly Senior Class President Jayden Davidson and Student Body President Ashton Martin, along with the Major and Salvationator to be appointed, will all usher in a speech during the ceremony.

On Friday, May 28, eight seniors and 19 eighth grade students are expected to shine in the spotlight at the 7 p.m. graduation ceremony at the Higbee High School gymnasium, reported Jennifer Juergensmeyer, kindergarten principal at the 12th grade.

The Higbee School District does not recognize the Valedictorian or Salvatorian Juergensmeyer, but that of Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude, she said. The names of these winners were not disclosed in advance.

David Menius, who spent 32 years as a grade 7 teacher at Higbee before retiring from that position in 2019, will be the keynote speaker. Menius currently works part-time in the school library. He grew up in St. Louis and graduated as a teacher from the University of Missouri in Colombia in 1987 before joining the teaching staff at Higbee.

Moberly Area Community College launch ceremonies are scheduled for May 14-15 at the MACC Activity Center. There will be three ceremonies each day at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Due to social distancing requirements, each graduate will be entitled to six guest tickets. The events will be broadcast live and recorded.

The start of 2021 will include the fall 2019, spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020, spring 2021 and summer 2021 graduates.

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