EFFINGHAM — Thirty-three teenagers bid farewell Saturday, May 11, to their school years in Effingham and crossed the threshold to chart their respective courses future endeavors.

Principal Deanna Scherer of Atchison County Community Junior-Senior High School urged the class of 2019 to become more than something they just tell about, but to be ones that all can say you have made it.

Scherer’s remarks seemingly set an inspirational tone spoken throughout the commencement from class leaders to classmates.

Class valedictorians Jaycee Ernzen and Lane Scoggins were recognized for their consistent cumulative 4.0 grade point averages and other achievements.

Jonna McDermed and Sara Johnson earned the distinction of salutatorians for their second highest academic ranks. They too addressed their classmates.

Johnson encouraged her peers to maintain a faith-centered life as they follow their dreams.

“Never doubt yourself,” McDermed urged. “You are the only one in control of your life.”

Ernzen, Scoggins and McDermed are members of the Mu Alpha Theta, a mathematics honor society.

A Kansas Governors Scholar, Ernzen, Scoggins and McDermed are also members of the National Honor Society.

Ernzen encouraged her graduating class members not to be afraid to make mistakes as they find their way in life. She spoke of the famed inventor Thomas Edison whose belief was that mistakes offered him more life experiences to learn from.

Scoggins also referred to his ancestral ties traced back to 123 years of service to USD 377 schools. The class of 2019 and many of the guests present are a part of legacy as a result of all of the school district they served throughout the generations.

Ernzen plans to pursue kinesiology studies at Washburn University; Scoggins plan is to pursue accounting at Kansas State University; Johnson expects to pursue actuarial science at Washburn; and McDermed plans to follow her endeavor in biomedical sciences at Northwest Missouri State University.

The Atchison County Community High School classes of 2019 graduated seniors have indicated they have various plans to pursue, according to the published graduation program: One, Matthew Oswalt expects to enlist in military service with the United States Navy.

Other plans for the graduates include: One expects to attend Benedictine College; eight – Highland County Community College; two – Cloud County Community College; one – Colby Community College; nine are ready for employment in the private sector; one has plans to attend the Washburn Institute of Technology; University of Kansas – one; and one will attend Fort Hays University.

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Mary Meyers can be reached

at mary.meyers@atchisonglobenow.com.

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