Three classes of 2019 ready to graduate

Three Moody County high schools will graduate students starting this weekend.
At Colman-Egan High School, 17 seniors will cross the stage to receive their diplomas at 2 p.m. Saturday. Chad Williamson, the high school vocational agriculture and middle school science teacher for the past six years, will give the commencement address.
The school will recognize honor students, including Madison Voelker, the only senior with a 4.0 grade point average. She was honored last week by representing the school at the Governor’s Academic Award luncheon.
The class of 2019 chose the motto, “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there,” by Will Rogers. The class colors are yellow and black, and the flower is the yellow gerbera daisy.
The Flandreau Indian School will graduate 53 students at 10 a.m. May 15. The students represent the 42 tribes that attend the school and include seven students who are from Flandreau.
The class of 2019 valedictorian is Jacob Cabarrubia from Lawrence, Kan., and the salutatorian is Tristen King from Canistota. The school will honor three gold and eight silver award winning students with the President’s Education Award for Academic Achievement.
Melissa Buffalo, the cancer equity manager at the American Indian Cancer Foundation in Minneapolis, will address the class.
Flandreau High School will graduate 31 students on May 18. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the school gym.
Marianna Pavlis will deliver the senior address, a guest speaker is being finalized. Senior Rylee Iott received the Governor’s Academic Award, and 16 members of the class will graduate with honors for having earned a 3.5 grade point average or higher. Five of those students have earned a 4.0.
The class motto is “We didn’t realize we were making memories; we just knew we were having fun.” The class colors are smaragdine, a teal color, and midnight blue, while the class flower is the sunflower.


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