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Brashear High School Holds Commencement


By David Sharp

“This class is not only a class of friends, but a class of family,” Adair County R-II Superintendent of Schools Mrs. Shelly Shipman said opening the May 17, 2015 Commencement Ceremony held at the High School Gym.

Twelve seniors received diplomas. All twelve graduates were Missouri A+ Program Graduates.

Nine of the 12 seniors received Diplomas of Distinction. Five Brashear High School grads were named Honor Students for maintaining an 11-point GPA or above.

Chance Hill was named Brashear High School Class of 2015 Valedictorian. Allison Thompson was tabbed as the Class Salutatorian. Both Hill and Thompson were awarded their diplomas by one of their parents.

Board of Education President Traci Hill presented Diplomas to graduates, among them her son Chance. Roger Thompson presented his daughter Allison her High School Diploma.

High School Principal Mr. Brent Doolin introduced Commencement Speakers Cathy March and Erin Moots.

Cathy March has been selected four consecutive years to speak at graduation.

The long time district employee and food service worker said “It’s not just me who is going to miss you,” Cathy March said.

“From Kindergarten to graduation when you walk out of here today, all you will have left is your memories.”

Cathy March spoke to graduates individually about their listed high school memories. A powerful moment in the graduation ceremony was when March spoke to graduate Rachel Heimer.

“Your Mother is here right now watching,” Cathy March said. Rachel’s Mother, and this reporter’s respected Kraft Kirksville teammate Kara Heimer died of Cancer during her daughter’s senior year.

Brashear HS teacher Erin Moots talked about her experience of moving to Missouri from New York State as a young person. “Don’t make a plan, make options,” Erin Moots said.

Faculty members talked about the Class of 2015 being in the top ten in communication and Math in the state of Missouri as third graders. “This is a leadership class,” Shelly Shipman said.

Cathy March talked about the respect Brashear’s five to seven man boy’s basketball team received from opposing administrators and coaches “on how hard you played, even though you might have been behind by 30 points.”

Brashear’s 0-12 spring baseball team fought a talented 11 win LaPlata team on their home field to a 5-2 defeat in their final 2015 game at the District Tournament.

“Never play like losers,” Cathy March said. All five 2014-2015 Brashear Honor Students were student-athletes.

Allison Thompson, Gabe Thomas, Chance Hill, Jacob Reeves and Ali Garrett were the Brashear HS Honor Students.

Guidance Counselor Christy Grissom spoke and presented approximately $90,000 in scholarships.

Some of the scholarships mentioned from the podium included Chance Hill receiving the Truman State University Leadership Award or what amounts to a full ride academic scholarship to the Kirksville University.

Chance Hill and Allison Thompson received the Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Scholarship.

Ali Garrett, Abby Hall, Jacob Reeves and Class of 2015 President Gabe Thomas received the President’s Award for Academic Excellence.

Salutatorian Allison Thompson announced she would attend the University of Missouri at Columbia’s School of Journalism. Gabe Thomas will attend Missouri Western State University to begin studying Dentistry.

All twelve Brashear Class of 2015 graduates announced plans to continue their education in college or vocational school.

Senior Ali Garrett listed playing on Brashear’s only District Champion softball team in 2011 as a freshman as one of her greatest High School memories.