Plans for commencement exercises have been named for Purdy, Verona and Pierce City high schools.
|There will be 52 graduating at Purdy High School and four more will complete their graduation requirements over the summer, according to Principal Bob Vice.||Baccalaureate ceremonies will be handled by the Purdy Ministerial Alliance at 7 p.m. on May 13 at the school. Commencement will be at 7 p.m. on May 16 in the high school gym. Music teacher Lauren Lee has been chosen as the special speaker in addition to the class's top graduates.|
Valedictorian for Purdy's Class of 2009 is Mason Roller, son of Kevin and Carol Roller. Salutatorian is Logan Terry, son of James and Donna Terry of Cassville.
The remaining top 10 seniors are, in order: Tiffany Dohn, daughter of Bob and Gail Dohn, of Monett; Stacie Steinbach, daughter of Jimmy and Sherry Nichols, of Purdy, and Jason and Michelle Steinbach, of Lubbock, Texas; Shasta Haddock, daughter of Farron and Teresa Carney and Shawn and Debra Haddock, of Purdy; Meghan Imes, daughter of Angie Imes, of Purdy; Trenton Patton, son of Stan and Linda Patton, of Monett; Ali Henderson, daughter of Denny and Roxie Henderson, of Purdy; Stephanie Garland, daughter of Buddy Garland, of Purdy, and Cynthia Hewitt, of Wentworth; and Erika Shellenberger, daughter of John and Stacy Shellenberger, of Purdy.
There will be 25 graduates at Verona High School, according to Principal Terry Winton. Baccalaureate will be held at 7 p.m. on May 7 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, presented jointly by the pastors of Verona's churches. Graduation will be at 2 p.m. on May 16 in the high school gym.
Valedictorian will be Tyler May, son of Steve and Helen May. Salutatorian will be Sarina Moua, daughter of Wendy and Hue Moua.
With the 50-year class reunion planned, students have invited the top graduates of the Class of 1959 to return and give their original addresses again for the new graduates. Valedictorian Maryann Pilkerton Ford and salutatorian Margaret McCord-Holle will join the Class of 2009 on stage for the ceremony.
Community and college scholarships will also be announced during commencement exercises.
Top graduates at Pierce City High School will not be announced until the last day of school on May 15.
Principal Steve Garner said baccalaureate will be held at 4 p.m. and commencement at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 17 in the high school gym. There will be 49 receiving diplomas. Chosen as the commencement speaker will be science teacher Karen Faucett, who is leaving with the conclusion of the school year.