Archive for Thursday, May 24, 2001

EHS seniors to bid adieu on Sunday

May 24, 2001

Almost 70 graduates of Eudora High's class of 2001 will say goodbye on Sunday to old friendships and hello to great memories through the pomp and circumstance of one of life's poignant milestones. The exact number participating in commencement exercises won't be known until Friday, said EHS activities director Larry McPherson.

The senior class will leave EHS, but not without an open invitation to attend a baccalaureate service held by the Ministerial Alliance.

The Rev. Dottie Forinash Knetsch of Eudora United Methodist Church will officiate the 1:15 p.m. baccalaureate service in the EHS gymnasium.

At 2:30 p..m., Rob Foster will direct the EHS band in its last performance of the year with opening music and the processional. The EHS chorale will perform, led by Paula Brekken and accompanied by Mary Glasnapp. The graduation ceremony will also feature other performances by the women's chorale and senior choir members.

A video presentation will highlight a "before and after" of each senior.

"What we do is a baby picture and a senior picture of each senior," McPherson said. "It'll take about 10 minutes to run it."

A traditional valedictorian speech will be given.

This year's address will be given by Ron Abel. Abel teaches an EHS technology class, is the head wrestling coach and an assistant coach for EHS track and football. He also is a graduate of the EHS class of 1979.

Eudora resident Paul Born will receive an honorary degree at graduation. The degree is given to WWII veterans who entered the service before completing their high school education.

Graduates receiving higher education scholarships will be announced before the presentation of diplomas. McPherson said there would be 22 known scholarships, but more are likely to be announced at the ceremony.

EHS principal Marty Kobza will present graduates with their diplomas. Kobza also serves as acting superintendent for the district and said he plans on being involved with future graduations.

"There'll be many, many more in my future," he said. "Regardless of my position, there'll be many more to come."

Anyone needing more information about the EHS 2001 commencement ceremony can call the school at 542-4980.

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