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Class of 2014 graduates from Hannibal

All Hannibal graduation photos by Ashley M. Casey

Valedictorian  Elyssa Terry-DeRycke’s speech:

Ever since they started announcing who had the highest GPA in middle school, I wanted to be the one standing up here tonight to give a speech.

I never really had anything in mind that I wanted to tell my classmates, but I considered it to be such a great honor … and it is. Continue reading

Class of 2014 graduates from Bodley

All G. Ray Bodley graduation photos taken by Kelly LeVea

Valedictorian Michael Holcomb’s speech:

Thank you Mr. Greene, Mr. Charles, Mrs. Parkhurst, Mr. Lynch, members of the board of eductaion. Thanks also to family and friends that have chosen to attend the ceremony, and of course my fellow members of the class of 2014.

As I was writing this speech I would constantly hear two phrases that irked me.

First: “It doesn’t really matter what you say, no one will remember it down the road anyways.” Second: “All graduation speeches sound the same: ‘We made it,’ or ‘We did it,’” and so on. Continue reading

Class of 2014 graduates from Birdlebough High

All Phoenix graduation photos by Debra J. Groom

Valedictorian Ian Evans’ speech:

If school was a game, we won.

I would like to take a moment to welcome everyone to the class of 2014 graduation. Superintendent Belfield, Principal Molloy, Mr. Rudy and the members of the Board of Education, fellow students, parents, family and friends, we are extremely grateful that you are able to join us to celebrate this milestone in our lives.

Looking back on our journey, we can see how much we have really changed.  Continue reading

Cross-country bicyclist makes a stop in Fulton

Gerard Ploude, of Terryville, Conn., made a pit stop in Fulton this week on his bicycle trip from Portland, Maine, to Portland, Ore. Ploude’s bike received a tune-up at Doyle’s Bikes and he and his wife, Jennifer, shopped at other Fulton businesses while in town. “Every business has just been so sweet,” Ploude said. “It’s just an awesome, awesome people town.” To follow the Ploudes’ trip, visit their blog at portland2portland.org. Shown are Ploude, right, and Tracy Doyle of Doyle’s Bike Shop on the left.
Gerard Ploude, of Terryville, Conn., made a pit stop in Fulton this week on his bicycle trip from Portland, Maine, to Portland, Ore. Ploude’s bike received a tune-up at Doyle’s Bikes and he and his wife, Jennifer, shopped at other Fulton businesses while in town. “Every business has just been so sweet,” Ploude said. “It’s just an awesome, awesome people town.” To follow the Ploudes’ trip, visit their blog at portland2portland.org. Shown are Ploude, right, and Tracy Doyle of Doyle’s Bike Shop on the left.

Fulton Gauchos reunite Aug. 8-9

Pictured above are members of the 2014 Gaucho Alumni Reunion Committee, which is planning the reunion scheduled for Friday and Saturday Aug. 8 and 9. It has been 24 years since the last reunion was held in 1990. Gauchos alumni ask all past members of the Senior, Junior and Cadet corps to register yourself on the website at www.fultongauchos.com. For more information on the Fulton Gauchos, see page 2. Pictured from left; sitting, are Patrick Acquaviva, Donna (Looker) Gadek, Charlene (McCellan) Scaringi, Terry Reynolds, Connie (Costello) Stinson and Karen (Morton) Stuber. Standing are Bill Rhines, Bob Coant, Wes Dean, Joyce (VanDeLinder) Bogdeziewcz, Dennis Moryl, Gay Scaringi and Randy Palmer. Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea
Pictured above are members of the 2014 Fulton Gauchos Alumni Reunion Committee, which is planning the reunion scheduled for Friday and Saturday Aug. 8 and 9. It has been 24 years since the last reunion was held in 1990. Gauchos alumni ask all past members of the Senior, Junior and Cadet corps to register yourself on the website at www.fultongauchos.com. For more information on the Fulton Gauchos, see page 2. Pictured from left; sitting, are Patrick Acquaviva, Donna (Looker) Gadek, Charlene (McCellan) Scaringi, Terry Reynolds, Connie (Costello) Stinson and Karen (Morton) Stuber. Standing are Bill Rhines, Bob Coant, Wes Dean, Joyce (VanDeLinder) Bogdeziewcz, Dennis Moryl, Gay Scaringi and Randy Palmer.
Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea