Schools prepare for graduation


Editor’s note: The Sidney Daily News’ annual graduation section will be inserted in theThursday, May 23, issue of the newspaper. Several schools will hold graduation prior to the publication of the section. An abbreviated version of the ceremonies prior to May 23 follows. For the full graduation story and photos, see the May 23 issue of the SDN.

Riverside High School

The graduation ceremony for the Riverside High School Class of 2019 will be held Friday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Riverside High School gym, 2096 County Road 24 S., DeGraff.

There are 66 members of the class who will receive their diplomas.

The commencement speakers will be the valedictorian Spencer Hughes and salutatorian Michael (Lane) Willoby, along with Pastor Michel Mitchell, pastor of the DeGraff United Methodist Church.

Fairlawn High School

Fairlawn High School will hold its graduation ceremony on Friday, May 17, 2019, at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Forty-five students will be receiving their diplomas.

The valedictorian is Lauren Dudgeon, daughter of Lance Dudgeon and Shannon Roach. The salutatorian is Allison Roush, daughter of Rodney Roush and Darrin and Karen Ike.

The guest speaker will be DJ Heintz. An honorary diploma will be given to Nicole Luncz, a foreign exchange student from Germany.

Jackson Center High School

Jackson Center High School auxiliary gymnasium will be the site for the 2019 graduation ceremony for the school’s senior class. The ceremony will be held Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 1 p.m.

The class colors are silver and white. The class motto is “Only 47 years until we’re seniors again,” by an unknown author. The class song is “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney. The class flower is the white rose.

Botkins High School

The Botkins High School Class of 2019 will receive their diplomas on Sunday, May 19, at 1:30 p.m. in the Botkins Junior High School gym.

The valedictorians is Grace McCafferty, Grace Homan and Bella Ewry. The salutatorian is Faith Cisco.

The class colors are rose gold and navy. The class song is “Home” by Dierks Bentley. The class motto is “As you start your journey, the first thing you should do is throw away that store-bought map and begin to draw your own,” by Michael Dell.

Houston High School

Graduation ceremonies for the Houston High School Class of 2019 will be held Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. at the athletic complex.

Class valedictorians are Olivia Bowser, Katelynn Garber, Katherine Gothberg, Clarissa Kiehl, Jessica Monnier, Joshua Renner, Jacob Slater, Drew Walker and Adelaine White. Salutatorian will be Owen Swigert.

The class flower is a rose.. The class color is Columbia blue. The class song is “Country Roads” by John Denver and the motto is “It is what it is.”

Class officers are President Olivia Bowser, Vice President Addie White and Secretary/Treasurer Jacob Slater.

Holy Angels School

Graduation ceremonies for the eighth-grade students at Holy Angels School will be held Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Mass at the church begins at 5:30 p.m. with the graduation and awards ceremony to follow in the gymnasium.

Upper Valley Career Center

Upper Valley Career Center, Piqua, will honor its seniors during a convocation ceremony Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Hobart Arena in Troy. The convocation will begin at 7 p.m.

The top two students for the Class of 2019 with a 4.0 cumulative GPA based on a seven=semester 4.0 non-weighted scale are Taylor Williams, Medical Careers Academy, Sidney High School, and Colt Frazier, HVAC/R Technologies, Miami East High School.

Ulamila Hicks, a senior student in the Medical Careers Academy, will be the guest speaker for the evening. Hicks is also a SkillsUSA National 0fficer and US Presidential Scholar semifinalist.