Knox County R-1 Celebrates Graduation
By Beth Hunolt
On Saturday, May 16th, at 7pm, the Knox County High School Gymnasium was filled with smiling faces as the Senior Class of 2009 received their diplomas in a graduation ceremony. Guests stood for the graduates as Ms. Cheyrl Newland played the procession march for the senior class. Principal Andy Turgeon gave the introduction speech to the excited graduates and their guests, while senior class president, Megan Hunolt addressed the audience with a welcoming speech to the graduates and attendants.
Then, the senior class, sang “Time of Your Life,” to the spectators. 2009 class valedictorian, Brett Bryant, gave an amusing speech that included some class memories. Teacher, Mr. Ben Bradley, gave a memorable speech; full of personality, making it easy to see way the class chose him to be their featured guest speaker.
Knox County Honor Choir students then sang to the graduates, and the Senior Video was then shown, it consisted of photos of the senior class throughout the years. The seniors of the Knox County Honor Choir then serenaded their fellow classmates with the song “Come Dance My Friend”.
At last, the seniors were announced by Principal, Andy Turgeon, to collect their diplomas from the Board of Education President, Mrs. Shelly Bugh. The 2009 Senior Class included: Laura Blake, Lisa Blake, Yvonne Brown, Brett Bryant, Amy Bushnell, DeAnn Bushnell, Courtney Cahalan, Cory Chockley, Jessica Cron, Nicole Crownover, April Corbin, Dennis Dent, Holly Dent, Parker Dixson, Kasey Douglas, Dakota Downing, Cheyanne Goodwin, Cody Goodwin, Brandon Gudehus, Amber Hayes, Cristal Hisle, Lucas Hudson, Megan Hunolt, Hayden Hunziker, Kim Johnson, Evan Bednarz-Kelly, Garrett Lincoln, Tara Mason, Matthew McCarty, Erica Miller, Deidre Moore, Jacob Moots, Mitchel Pegg, Mitchel Penn, Alexandra Pipta, Ashley Pruessner, Tessa Ramer, Annie Rice, Jon Ritchie, Sarah Stokes, David Stull, Rachel Tarpein, Brett Wilkerson, Wendy Williams and Amanda Woods. Forty-five students in all received their diplomas.
Their class colors are turquoise and pink, senior class flower is the Gerber Daisy, and their motto is “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.” The senior class sponsors, who have worked hard for the class to enjoy their graduation and other annual events, are Martha Gudehus, Judy Shultz, and Mark Vaugine. Senior Class officers include Megan Hunolt, senior class president, Courtney Cahalan, senior class vice-president, Lisa Blake senior class secretary, and Brett Byrant, senior class treasure. And congratulations goes to Brett Bryant for becoming 2009 class valedictorian and Sarah Stokes for becoming 2009 class salutatorian for achieving the top two GPAs in the graduating class.
After the ceremony, the graduates were invited to the Knox County High School cafeteria, to celebrate their accomplishment and enjoy refreshments, take pictures in their caps and gowns, and visit with their friends, family, and fellow graduates.