The Class of 2019 has graduated from CHS.
On Sunday, 115 students graduated from Chillicothe High School marking the end of their educational careers in Chillicothe and the beginning of the rest of their lives.
The Class of 2019, had much to celebrate.
During the ceremony Dr. Roger Barnes made a pointed out the multitude of successes of the class with 115 students.
“We (the board of education) congratulate each and every member of this class,” he said. “You are an outstanding class. You are much appreciated and will be greatly missed.”
The class, according to Barnes, had much to celebrate. Forty-three students are headed to a four year college or university; 33 to a two year college; 21 will attend a vocational or technical school; one is joining the military; 12 will enter the workforce; five are undecided; 68 earned an A+ Scholarship; 32 an earned College Preparation Certificate; 62 earned a Vocational/Technical Certificate; four earned a Bright Flight Scholarship and 56 students earned 924 hours of college credit. There were five valedictorians: Libby Adkins, Matthew Anthony, Laney Gaston, Sarah Graves and Kaylee Lewis.
Collectively the Class of 2019 collect more than $1.3 million scholarships.
Before receiving their certificates and diplomas from current Chillicothe R-II School Board President Lauren Horstman, students and their supporters were motivated by the words of Carly Beebe and Sydney Baxter who delivered the Senior Address.
Baxter began her address by quoting comedian Ellen DeGeneres.
“When you take risks, you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.”
She then compared their journey through school to learning to ride a bike. Ultimately, she told her fellow classmates and graduates, “The failure isn’t in falling it is not getting back up again.”
Baxter, who also lead the Pledge of Allegiance quoted Thomas Edison, who said: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
She spoke about opportunity and how work make look different to people in different careers, it is ultimately about giving your all, no matter what you do or where likes takes you.
“We will be doctors, lawyers, plumbers an office assistant,” she said. “We will not just be good at it. We will be exceptional.”
Baxter then presented the class gift to Principal Dan Nagel. Along with the classes of 2018, 2020 and 2021 the Class of 2019 raised money to contribute to the tarp to be used on the flooring inside the high school’s gym.