May 27, 2014

Sunday was Graduation day for the Class of 2014

By Don Pritchard, Sun Times News Online

STE. GENEVIEVE -- Ste. Genevieve High School held its 99th Commencement Sunday night in the newly named Peggy Thompson gymnasium.

Mackenzie Lynn Roth (top photo) was the valedictorian and Emma Margaret Hoover was the salutatorian.

Several awards were presented to members of the graduating class:

Athletic Director Jeff Nix presented two awards to student athletes.

The Armella Peterson Award female sports award went to Monica Leigh Inman.

Luke David Hemmerla received the Mal Kimmel Award for the top male athlete.

Three music awards were presented.

Band Director John Mooney presented two of them:

The John Phillip Sousa Award went to Giselle Constanza Kirkoff.

The Louis Armstrong Award went to Geramee Travis Garner.

Vocal Music Director Michelle Jokerst presented one award:

The National Choral Award went to Shelby Rae Morgan.

Ste. Genevieve High School Principal Chris Hoehne presented four awards:

Danforth I Dare You Awards were presented to Alisa Marie Giesler and Kellen Charles Steagall.

The Outstanding Senior Girl Award went to Shelby Rose Werner.

The Outstanding Senior Boy Award went to Matthew Scott Drury.

A moment of silence was held during the ceremony to remember two members of the Class of 2014 who had lost their lives, Dennis Flieg in September and Christopher Carron in May 2013. Their absence was noted with empty chairs with flowers, photos and caps and gowns.

Following the traditional last singing of the school song and the hat toss, the students were greeted by family and friends and then boarded school buses one last time to go to Project Graduation, an all-night drug and alcohol free event.