Caela Ashford valedictorian, Grant Peterson salutatorian

Chillicothe High School honored 124 new graduates this past weekend.
Friends, relatives and other supporters of the CHS graduates filled the CHS gymnasium for Sunday afternoon's commencement ceremony. The Chillicothe High School Symphonic Band welcomed the seniors into gym with the playing of the Processional song. Senior Class President Bridgett Kieffer then took the stage and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.
CHS Principal Brian Sherrow officially welcomed the seniors and guests. Sherrow then introduced the afternoon's two senior class speakers, Hannah Thieme and Caleb Hearon.
Thieme thanked the strong, supportive community of Chillicothe for investing in the lives of young people and their futures.
"Graduation day is a celebration not only for the senior class of CHS," Thieme said. "But also the community that has supported us."
In addition to reflection on the past years in the Chillicothe R-2 School District, Thieme offered words of encouragement to her classmates.
"The Class of 2013 has truly left a legacy," Thieme said. "As we sit one last time together as a class, we savor the past. However, with dreams on the horizon, we know we have so many more memories to make. After graduation, we will work to accomplish the dreams that are even greater than our memories."
The theme of Hearon's speech was the courage to pursue one's dreams. Hearon shared the tale of Walt Disney, who was once fired from a newspaper for lacking creativity and good ideas. Hearon encouraged his classmates to take a page out of Disney's book and have the courage to pursue their dreams, even if they seem unlikely at first.
"Whether you dream of being a school teacher, a musician, a nurse, a lawyer or anything else, the plain fact is all things are possible through courageous spirit," Hearon said.
Following the senior addresses, Kieffer returned to the stage to present Principal Sherrow with the class gift. The Class of 2013 gave the school two engraved, marble benches which will sit between the parking lot at the high school and Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium.
Sherrow continued the gift-giving portion of the program with a plaque given to Mary Pat Whiteside. Whiteside is stepping down as Senior Class Sponsor after 13 years of service.
Superintendent Roger Barnes outlined the future plans of the CHS Class of 2013. Barnes said 44 students will attend a four-year college or university. Thirty-seven students will attend a two-year college. Seven students will attend a vocational or trade school. Eight students will enter the military. Twenty students plan to enter the work force, and eight students are still undecided at this time.
Barnes also recognized the athletic accomplishments of the CHS Class of 2013. Seventy-seven students have achieved A+ status. A total of 1,101 college credit hours were earned by 53 members of the graduating class.
Caela Ashford and Lane Clark were recipients of the Bright Flight scholarship. To receive the scholarship, a student must score 31 or above on the ACT.
A large number of students were recognized by Dr. Barnes for maintaining a B+ grade average during their four years at CHS. Those students are: Quinten Adams, Olivia Hayes, Sierra Midgyett, Carley Anderson Shelby Hays, Katie Milanovich, Caela Ashford, Lindsay Head, Cinphany Oster, Kaleb Bagley, Caleb Hearon, Grant Peterson, Kyle Bagley, David Hershberger, Anna Pitchford, Kelsey Baker, Keara Hopper, Chelsea Price, Destany Bay, Jordan Huddleston, Chase Reeter, Ashley Blakely, Sarah Hussey, Joe Resor, Abbey Brinkley, Bridgett Kieffer, Emily Rosenbach, Shelby Bush, Jeffery King, Jessica Scordel, Jimmy Chapman, Kayla Lewis, Tiffany Sheler, Lane Clark, Cyrsten Lollar, Nathan Stark, Madison Condron, Trevor Long, Maura Sturguess, Elisabeth Cypert, Katie Lyon, Brooks Sturm, Brianna DeWitt, Logan Lyons, Hannah Thieme, Candace Foltz, Jessica Maasdam, Brooke Thomas, D. J. Gannan, Garrett Major, Troy Toedebusch, Kaitlyn Garr, Michaela Mammen, Josh Wayman, Steffany Gramenz, Elizabeth McCoy, Alec Whiteside, Derek Gray, Samantha McKiddy, Madison Williams, Brice Griffin, Leslee Mehrhoff-Moore, Damon Williamson, Nikki Hague, Justin Metry and Johnson Young.
R-2 Board of Education President Robin Westphal presented the 124 graduates with their diplomas as they crossed the stage. Two students were awarded the top honors of this year's class. Caela Ashford was awarded Valedictorian. Grant Peterson was awarded Salutatorian.
This full list of this year's graduates included: Corey Wayne Adams, Quinten Gene Adams, Carley McKail Anderson, Tabitha Marie Anderson, Jeremiah Graham Applebury, Dakota Leroy Arr, Caela Lynn Ashford, Kaleb Alan Bagley, Kyle Thomas Bagley, Kelsey Breanna Baker, Lewis Clayton Barron, Destanie Dawn Batson, Destany Alyssa Bay, Petra Anne Beaman, Orren Riley Beck, Colten Nathaniel Berry, Ashley Nicole Blakely, Dallas Dakota Boyd, Abbey LeeAnn Brinkley, Megan Renee Burns, Shelby Nicole Bush, Morgan Hartley Cairns, Nicholas Andrew Calvert, James William Chapman IV, Lane Michael-David Clark, Madison Velda Condron, Alex Michael Cooper, Sarah Ann Crosser,
Elisabeth Mae Cypert, Taylor Delaine Daly, Robert Dean Davis, Johnathan Trevor Lewis Day, Brianna Sue DeWitt, Wade Jay Dietz, Hannah Marie Eckert, Zayne Edward Evans, Candace Diane Foltz, Donald Jameson Gannan, Anthony Louis Garcia, Kaitlyn Marie Garr, Robert Junior Gillilan III, Steffany Nichol Gramenz, Dominic Michel Graves, Derek Wayne Gray, Brice Alexander Griffin, Emily Nicole Griffith, Nikki Anne Hague, Shannon Michael Hamilton, Jackson Palmer Haney, Olivia KayLee Hayes, Shelby LeeAnna Hays, Dylan Elijah Head, Lindsay Renae Head, Caleb Daniel Hearon, David Lee Hershberger, Keara Kaitlin Hopper, Jordan Lee Huddleston, Sarah Renee' Hussey, Andrew Jay Jensen, Sarah Dannelle Johnson, Kyle Lee Jones, Tanner Ross Jones, Bridgett Diane Kieffer, Tommy Brandon Kincaid, Jeffery Lee King, Joshua Wayne Kraus,
Kayla Marie Lewis, Rian Harley Lewis, Justin Alexander Lightner, Cyrsten Ann Lollar, Trevor Neil Long, Aaron Austin Luckey, Katlyn Marie Lyon, Logan Patrik Lyons, Jessica Lynn Maasdam, Garrett Champion Major, Michaela Sue Mammen, Austin Gaige Martin, Elizabeth Faye Ann McCoy, Samantha Jo McKiddy, Chancelor Wade McLemore, Leslee Jo Mehrhoff-Moore, Justin Donald Metry, Sierra Nicole Midgyett, Katie Beth Milanovich, Cody Reece Munson, Brittany Ellen Myers, Cinphany Jo Oster, Kaitlyn Summers Owen, Robert Ross Peniston, Grant Joseph Peterson, Anna Grace Pitchford, Chelsea Morgan Price, Katelynn Elizabeth Ralls, Eric Blake Rasmussen, Philip Chase Reeter, Joseph Edward Resor, Kory Elizabeth Roberts, Emily Anne Rosenbach, Eric Lee Rutledge,
Corey Howard Saville, Jessica Elizabeth Scordel, Colton Seth Seaman, Tiffany Ann Sheler, Aaron Leon Skipper, Nathan Ryan Stark, Maura Lynne Sturguess, Brooks Watson Sturm, Hannah Elizabeth Thieme, Brooke Cierra Thomas, Hannah Michele Thomas, Troy Dalton Toedebusch, Blake Cordel Tooley, Haley Nicole Tuttle, Trey Everett Van Houtan, Jason Allen VanDamme, Joshua Robert Wayman, Alec Neil Whiteside, Chandra Nichole Williams, Madison Kaye Williams, Damon Joshua Williamson, Anthony Michael Wolf, Ashley Sara Wolf, and Johnson Edgerton Young.