Osage City graduates 37 seniors

OSAGE CITY—The 37 graduates of Osage City High School Class of 2016 were accepted and presented with diplomas Sunday afternoon.

Fanfare and Processional by Edward Elgar played by the high school band, directed by Tyler Kncaid played while graduated entered, followed by Among the Clouds by Brian Balmages.

Honor student Kailyn Robert spoke to those assembled and expressed her procrastination in writing her speech.

“I’ve spent the last four years of my life waiting until the last second, literally, to finish projects, papers and presentations,” she said.

Lyndon graduates class of 2016

LYNDON—Twenty-four high school seniors walked into the Lyndon High School gymnasium May 15 for graduation, the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance,” played by the Lyndon High School band.

Madeline Volkman, class president, welcomed all those in attendance. Volkman and Rylan Burns, junior class president, presented the class key. High school principal Brad Marcotte introduced the guest speaker, Toby Baker. Following Baker, Olivia Miller co-salutatorian, spoke.

Burlingame graduates receive diplomas

Rosie Blacketer | Reporter
BURLINGAME—Burlingame High School held it graduation ceremonies May 14, graduating 27 seniors in the class of 2016.

After the processional, the high school band played “Appalachian Air,” directed by Michael Brown.

Burlingame High School principal Tammy Baird presented the salutatorian, Hannah Young, and valedictorian Clay Thomas.

Young open her speech reminding fellow classmates that they have persevered and all of their hard work has paid off.

USD 456 discusses legislation, finances

MELVERN—Darrel Finch, USD 456 superintendent, discussed legislative relating to school finances during the USD 456 Board of Education’s May 9 regular meeting.

“The Kansas Supreme Court will be hearing arguments on the school funding the first of June,” Finch said. “From the past legislative session, a bill was passed that will rearrange the funding for the school districts and for our district, we will lose $155,000.

MdCV graduates 25 seniors

MELVERN—The 25 members of the Marais des Cygnes Valley Class of 2016 received their diplomas, and several scholarship awards, during the school’s graduation ceremony Sunday at MdCV High School in Melvern.

Graduates enter the auditorium with the music of “Pomp and Circumstance.” Graduates and attendees were welcomed by Thad Thurston, MdCVHS principal, along with recognition of moms for Mother’s Day.

The 25 graduates were presented with awards, announced by Laurel Ladewig, MdCV counselor (see awards below). The lengthy presentation was followed by the graduate speeches.

Class of 2016 walks at SFTHS

CARBONDALE—The Santa Fe Trail High School class of 2016 recognized 78 seniors May 7 at commencement exercises at the high school.

Students were accompanied by the SFT band to the familiar strains of “Pomp and Circumstance. After the welcome by student council president Trevor Boudeman, the Choraliers sang “I’ll Be There” arranged by Roger Emerson.

Salutatorian Morgan Makowski addressed the packed stands with her graduation speech.

“As Freshmen we had no way of knowing in what condition we would be sitting here on this day,” Makowski said.

Work auction to donate portion of funds

The Osage City High School football work auction fundraiser will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, in the high school auditorium. Players will be auctioned in pairs and work contracts are good until May 1, 2017. Fifty percent of this year's proceeds will be donated to the Gill family to help with Baeh's medical bills.

The football parents' meeting will precede the meeting at 6:30 p.m.

If you have questions, contact Andrew Gantenbein, head football coach, at

Hessong to lead USD 456 next year

MELVERN—The USD 456 Board of Education has selected Ted Hessong, principal at Frontenac High School, to take over as superintendent, beginning July.

“I was looking for a change in my professional career and it will take me to my next step in my career,” Hessong said. “Marais des Cygnes Valley offered me that opening and it was in a great location for me.”

Hessong will be taking the place of Darrel Finch, who will be retiring at the end of the school year.

Class of 2016: Osage County graduates

The Osage County Herald-Chronicle’s Class of 2016 senior edition is included with this week’s paper. The edition honors the 190 graduates of Osage County five high schools.
Osage County graduations are as follows:

• Santa Fe Trail High School - 10 a.m. May 7.
• Marais des Cygnes Valley High School - 2 p.m. May 8.
• Burlingame High School - 5 p.m. May 14
• Lyndon High School - 2 p.m. May 15.
• Osage City High School - 2 p.m. May 15.

USD 454 Board of Education

Board renews contracts for all head coaches

BURLINGAME—More than 100 concerned members of the community attended a Burlingame USD 454 Board of Education special meeting April 23, scheduled to discuss supplemental contracts for the teachers of Burlingame.

The board tabled the approval of auxiliary contracts, including coaching and activities sponsorships, during its April 13 regular meeting.

Much of the audience attended in response to concerns about the possible non-renewal of the contract for Creighton Winters as head basketball coach.



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