The Chillicothe High School graduation was held at the Chillicothe High School in the gymnasium on Sunday afternoon where 136 seniors received their high school diplomas.
The Chillicothe High School graduation was held at the Chillicothe High School in the gymnasium on Sunday afternoon where 136 seniors received their high school diplomas. Brian Sherrow, Chillicothe High School principal, welcomed everyone to the ceremony and introduced the student speakers, Madison Sisson, daughter of Jeremy and Amy Sisson and Claire Chapman, daughter of Tom and Lindy Chapman. Sisson spoke first, and her speech was called, “Dream it. Dare it. Do it.” “Dreams can be viewed in different ways. Some perceive dreams as only figments of their imagination while they’re asleep. Some say that dreams are only images of what you would rather be doing at that moment. Some say that dreams are anything but fiction. For the dreamers, they are real. There are no limits in dreams. There are no boundaries for dreamers because in order to be great and to make an impact on the world, you have to do things that have never been done before,” Sisson said. “Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of the book Simple Abundance, said, ‘The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.’ Today, I am not only standing in front of 136 scholars, athletes, thespians, musicians, club members, artists, and leaders, I am standing in front of dreamers and doers.” Sisson commented on how the graduating class of 2016 has grown together since freshman year. “As freshmen, we learned a lot. We learned how to support our Hornets and to compete in every class competition with the most spirit a 15 yearold could. We also learned that the kid with the full grown beard is not 25, he’s a junior and in one of your classes,” Sisson joked. “As sophomores, we experienced freedom for the first time after getting our cars. While for some of us they didn’t last long, it taught us that even though we aren’t invincible, we were responsible for our own lives. As juniors, we worked together to create an amazing prom while we patiently waited for our senior year to come. Finally, we made it to senior year. It didn’t seem real, but that didn’t stop us from making the most of it...No matter what we did, we did it together.” She then looked back on some special senior events from this year. “August 19, 2015, was the first morning of our senior year. It was that day that we got up to watch the sunrise at 6:30 in the morning. Most of us have never been to school that early before, or have even gotten up that early ever, but on that Wednesday morning, we did it together. October 23, 2015, we went to the Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium and Bob Fairchild Field to watch our Chillicothe High School Hornets football team play on our home turf for the last time and defeat Cameron 42-0. December 22, 2015, we finally got the floor to the gym after four years and watched The Grinch on air mattresses during movie day before Christmas break. April 16, 2016, we attended our last high school dance, our senior prom. May 13, 2016, we walked through the doors of the CHS commons for the last time as students. While the last day brought excitement and anticipation, all I could think about is that this is the last time we would do any of this.” Sisson concluded: “I have never been more proud of a group of people than the ones sitting in front of me with the caps and gowns on right now. After today, we will go our separate ways to start our lives. We will carry out our dreams and make the unimaginable a reality because we are the dreamers who do. As a now former student of Chillicothe High School, and a member of the class of 2016, I am, and will forever be proud to be a Hornet.” Claire Chapman then addressed her fellow graduates and those in attendance of the ceremony. Chapman’s speech was influenced by the quote, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” “When we walk out of CHS today, it will be for the last time as students and the first time as adults ready to take on our world. We will cross the threshold of these doorways, and that will be that. With that one step outside, our journey within these walls will end and a new one will begin,” Chapman said. “Chinese teacher and philosopher Lao Tzu wisely said, ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.’...Today, we take that step. Our destinations on this new adventure may be unclear, but as long as we remember to use our experience, choose our direction, and have courage, our first steps will be strong, and our journeys will be great.” “When we were toddlers, we took our literal first steps,” she continued. “We pulled ourselves up on the coffee table, we let go, and... we fell. And then we did it all over again. We stood up, made it a few steps, and then fell again. And again. And again. But every time we fell, we got back up, and every time we got back up, we made it a few more paces. Before we knew it we were running, unaffected by our earlier failures. From our toddler selves we take away the lesson that we must never stop persevering, even when we stumble or fall.” She went on to describe their first steps in elementary school as independent people, in middle school as pioneers of their world and in high school as free thinkers. “And in this moment, we will take our first steps alone. We have learned from our experiences, but now we are ready to move on and take on our thousand mile journeys,” she said. She then spoke about finding direction. “We do not have to have our lives figured out yet. We are just starting out, and we have endless directions we can choose. The only thing that we truly need to find out where to take this first step is a passion, a dream....Let your dream be your compass. Let it point you in the right direction, and you will never become lost... And if your dream changes, let it. Go with it; allow it to grow and change just as you do. Where you end up may surprise you, but you know you will be in the right place when you get there,” she continued. “Now for the hardest question: Can we take these first steps? or better yet: Will we? This question calls for courage,” she said. “To every single one of us seated here in red robes and wearing square hats, our world as we know it is ending. The idea that we stand here on the brink of the rest of our existences on Earth is a terrifying reality, but being courageous does not mean pretending we are not afraid. Rather, courage is being afraid but pressing on anyhow. And that is what we must do: press on. Press on for every step of that thousand mile journey, one footstep at a time.” Chapman said that saying good-bye to the halls of CHS is hard and scary but, “The world will keep moving, and so will we... because at the end of every thousand mile journey lies the beginning of the next, and we stand ready to take our first steps.” Also at the graduation ceremony, the senior class gift was presented by senior class president, Wagner Chapman to CHS principal, Brian Sherrow. The class of 2016 contributed toward the electronic sign that has been placed at the corner of Hwy 190 and Hornet Road. The funding was made possible through the dedication of the Class of 2016 and the classes of 2014, 2015, and 2017, along with contributions from individuals and community foundations. Chillicothe R-2 Superintendent, Dr. Roger Barnes, also spoke at the graduation ceremony. Dr. Barnes shared some interesting numbers with those in attendance. He shared that out of the 2016 graduating class, 50 students will attend a four-year college or university, 40 students will attend a two-year college, 7 students will attend a vocational or trade school, 9 students will enter the military, 21 students will enter the workforce, 9 students are undecided at this time, 96 Students will graduate with A+ Honors, 29 students have earned the College Preparatory Certificate, 64 students have earned the Tech Preparatory Certificate, 6 seniors have achieved a Bright Flight scholarship recognition (scoring a 31 or higher on the ACT) -- Steen Anthony, Claire Chapman, Renee Downing, Robert Parkey, Peyton Ranes, Marissa Surber, 1 National Merit Finalist – Marissa Surber, 51 seniors have earned 824 college credit hours and 55 students maintained a B+ average all four years of high school. Those maintaining a B+ average all four year include: Steen J Anthony, McKenna Taryn Ashford, Quinn LeAnn Bailey, Aaron Christopher Baker, Alexander Lee Barnes, Tristan Scott Boley, Lane Christopher Bonderer, Erin McKenzie Campbell, Claire Nichols Chapman, Cuba Thomas Wagner Chapman, Joseph Michael Circo, Abigail Marie Clark, Brett Matthew Clark, Mariah May Cox, Renee Mei Downing, Cody James Evans, Joseph Skylor Foli, Zachary David Foyt, Tyler William Garcia, Madison Victoria Gipe, Madison Leigh Gregory, Zachary Michael Hacker, Colton Layne Hargrave, Mason Dean Hayward, Zachary Ward Holland, Hanna Lee Howard, Brandon Lee Lamp, Katie Nicole Mason, Lauren Samantha Mason, Nathaniel Paul McKiddy, Helena Marie McNamee, Addelyn Page Newsom, Robert Michael Parkey, Janelle Natalie Popish, Riley Jane Rasche, Courtney LeeAnn Reger, Margaret Joan Resor, Kyle Hadley Marion Ross, Teah Delaney Sensenich, Rebekah Leigh Shermuly, Madison Page Sisson, Ian Michael Smith, Olivia Rose Steely, Rebecca Jean Stull, Jaylene Nichol Sturguess, Marissa Lee Surber, Brianna Leigh Vance, Grace Clementine Venner, Kelly Brianne Westphal, Austin Jean-Lee Wilson, Zachary Allen Wood, Brett Dean Young, Margarete Linnea Young, Alaa Youssef and Ayat Youssef. The valedictorians were announced during the ceremony as well. There were five valedictorians this year as there were five students that maintained a 4.0. Those students were: Claire Chapman, Wagner Chapman, Rebecca Stull, Marissa Surber and Olivia Steely. After seniors tossed their caps into the air, they exited the gym to greet family and friends. The senior class of 2016 consisted of: Dakota Wayne Akers, Garrett Andrew Anderson, Hollie Ann Anderson, Steen J Anthony, McKenna Taryn Ashford, Quinn LeAnn Bailey, Aaron Christopher Baker, Chase Lee Ballard, Hunter Lynn Ballard, Alexander Lee Barnes, Don Lee Batye, Ayden Dakota Bay, Brandon Jay Beaderstadt, Jordan Marie Belt, Christopher Allen Bethel, James William Bittiker, Jesse Aaron Blakely, Tristan Scott Boley, Lane Christopher Bonderer, Benjamin Michael Brooks, Hunter Cole Byler, Braxton Ray Michael Campbell, Erin McKenzie Campbell, McCormick Ray Campbell, Dimitrious Alixander Carden, Claire Nichols Chapman, Cuba Thomas Wagner Chapman, Sherry Dawn Chapman, Samantha Lynn Christie, Joseph Michael Circo, Abigail Marie Clark, Brett Matthew Clark, Sierra Rose Copsey, Joseph Remington Cox, Mariah May Cox, Zachary Daniel Daley, Andrew Paul Davis, Janette Vah Dobbins, Renee Mei Downing, Keely Wilson Eckert, Sara Elizabeth Eller, Miranda Faye Estes, Cody James Evans, Joseph Skylor Foli, Zachary David Foyt, Tyler William Garcia, Haley Nicole Garrison, Madison Victoria Gipe, Bryce Michael Gott, Zachary Taylor Graves, Madison Leigh Gregory, Zachary Michael Hacker, Colton Layne Hargrave, Marvin Jaren Hathcock, Mason Dean Hayward, Jeremiah Corbin Hibner, Zachary Ward Holland, Charles Anthony Holmes, Hanna Lee Howard, Brodi Logan Howe, Christian Taylor Howe, Brett Lucas Howery, Peyton Danielle Hulett, Kyler Joseph Ireland, Shayler Phillips Keller, Nathaniel Steven Kerns, Jim Alan Kitchener, Brandon Lee Lamp, Shelby Nicole Lamp, Johnathon Charles Lanning, Donavan Taylor Lewis, Joshua Christian Lewis, Alexander Kyle Loveland, MacKenzie Fay Mammen, Miranda Michelle Mammen, Gage Logan Manley, Katie Nicole Mason, Lauren Samantha Mason, Nathaniel Paul McKiddy, Trey Clinton McLemore, Helena Marie McNamee, Jesse-Lee Karris Miller, Natalie Nicole Minnick, Vinson D'Taube Moore, Addelyn Page Newsom, Rachel Leigh Nowland, Tanner Lee Olson, Amanda Sue Osbon, Victoria LaChelle Overton, Madison Elizabeth Owen, Robert Michael Parkey, Bridgett Lynn Peek, Rebecca Caroline Pitchford, Devan Cierra Pittman, Janelle Natalie Popish, Payton Bentley Ranes, Riley Jane Rasche, Courtney LeeAnn Reger, Margaret Joan Resor, Ronald William Reynolds, Skyler Scott Elliott Robinson, Hannah Marie Roney, Kyle Hadley Marion, Ross Robert Paul Rupp, Colby J Hanshaw Saville, Teah Delaney Sensenich, Rebekah Leigh Shermuly, Madison Page Sisson, Ian Michael Smith, Olivia Rose Steely, Kristofer Jessee Dalton Stephens, Samantha DeAnn Stover, Rebecca Jean Stull, Jaylene Nichol Sturguess, Sydney Lynn Summers, Marissa Lee Surber, Jeffrey Dillon Swope, Thomas E. C. Thompson, Morgan Elisabeth Toot, Brianna Leigh Vance, William Paul Vaught, Danelle Janelle Velasquez McCoy, Grace Clementine Venner, Colton Russell Webb, Kelly Brianne Westphal, Miles Curtis White, Jenna Dion Williams, Austin Jean-Lee Wilson, Zachary Allen Wood, John Edward Woods, Alex John Wright, Brett Dean Young, Margarete Linnea Young, Alaa Youssef, Ayat Youssef, and Taisia Markelle Zeger. The following students graduated in December: Tristian Colt Carmack, Molly Nicole Corbin, Joseph Lee Croghan, Nicholas Joseph Goode, Joshanna Rachelle Johnson, Alexander Scott Kelly, Ellie Nicole Shirley, Kennadie Nicole Stottlemyre, and Anthony Scott Wade.