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  As the class of 2017 prepares to cross the stage for the last time they reflect on their best moments in high school, and prepare for their upcoming future.

   Chance Adams, son of Ryan and Sharon Adams, was involved in NHS and science club. He plans to attend Ozark Technical Community College, where he will pursue a career in computer science and business. His one piece of advice to underclassmen is “Do what makes you happiest, don’t do something just because it’s what your friends decided to do.”

  Mykal Albers, daughter of Traci and Mike Albers, was involved in journalism, student council, pep club, softball, baseball and wrestling manager. Albers plans to become a flight paramedic. Her favorite memory from high school was, “Getting to hang out with all of my friends, doing homework at the last minute and getting it done is always fun.”

  Mercedes Baer, daughter of Roland Pearman, plans to attend State Fair Community College and get her surgical tech, RN, and become an ER nurse. Baer’s favorite memory from high school was the Christmas assembly.

  Hunter Bagley, son of Jerome and Heather Bagley, has been involved in baseball, FFA, and pep club all four years. He plans to get a degree in natural sciences and majoring in conservation. He would also like to serve in the Marines after obtaining his associate’s degree. His advice for others is, “Life’s a gamble, and there is no way to avoid the poker table. My advice is to put on your shades, take a seat, and play the best you can with the hand that is dealt to you.”

  Misty Barnett, daughter of Deborah Barnett, plans to move out of Warsaw to attend State Fair. Barnett said her favorite memories from high school was, “Junior year when I went to CTC.”

 Mackenzie Bauer, daughter of David Bauer and Ashley Degraffenried, was involved in softball, basketball, FFA, concert band, marching band, and jazz band. She plans to attend State Fair to become a physical therapy assistant. Bauer’s one piece of advice to underclassmen is “Just keep pushing. Things will get better and it will be worth it.”

  Anthony Beuke, son of Tony and Jennifer Beuke, was involved in basketball, and pep club. He plans to attend State Fair Community College. Beuke’s favorite memory from high school is seventh hour Hopkins. He said his one piece of advice would be to, “Take 7th hour Hopkins.”

  Dakota Bilderback, son of Travis and Michala Bilderback, was involved in football, pep club, and FFA. He plans to attend State Fair to obtain his associate’s degree. His favorite memory from high school is riding the CTC bus with Jacob Hart. Bilderback’s advice for younger students is, “Don’t slack off, just do what is expected of you.”

  Allen Botteron, son of Ada Marie Wright, plans to join the Marines.

  Dalton Boucher, son of Tonia Wolney and Richard Boucher, was involved in track and football. He plans to move to Saint Palms, Florida as a US Marine. His advice for others is, “Don’t give up.”

  Christopher Bozarth, son of Helen and Ernest Bozarth, was involved in pep band, concert band, marching band, jazz band, FCCLA, and ProStart. He plans to attend a trade school, where he’ll pursue a career within the culinary field. His one piece of advice to underclassmen is “Don’t be lazy; it makes it easier in the long run.”

  Blake Brodersen, son of David and Suzie Brodersen, was involved in Madrigal, FFA, NHS, student council, and science club. Brodersen plans to move to Maryville to attend Northwest Missouri State University. His advice for underclassmen is, “Make the right friends, get the right connections.”

  Melissa Brown, daughter of Christina Eason and Steve Brown, was involved in volleyball, pep club, and art club. After high school Brown plans to attend Paul Mitchell to pursue a career in cosmetology. Her advice for younger students is “Do your work and keep pushing yourself to do greater things.”

  Will Bunch, son of Joe and Julie Bunch, and Sarah and Daniel Walker, was involved in football, baseball, and A+. He plans to move to Springfield to attend Ozarks Technical Community College using his A+ scholarship. His favorite memory from high school would have to be, “2016 . . . and winning Districts in baseball, and going to State.”

  Corey Callahan, son of Patrick and Tracie Callahan, was involved baseball, A+, and art club. He plans attend college in Sedalia. Callahan’s favorite memory was, “winning districts in baseball and advancing to state.” He said his advice to other students would be, “Work hard, everything pays off.”

  Wesley Carr, son of Kimberly Burchett, was involved in basketball, band, marching band, jazz band, football, pep band, track, and speech. He plans to move to Fayette and attend Central Methodist University to get a degree and become a coach. “There was the time when Joey Cooner hit the game-winning free throw in Courtwarming my sophomore year,” Carr said when talking about his favorite memory. Carr said his one piece of advice would be, “Make the most of your time here. It goes by so fast.”

  William Cawood, son of Bill and Stephanie Cawood, plans to continue to live in
Warsaw. Cawood’s favorite memory from high school is, “Being in Ms. Durts’ class.”

  Cade Chiles, son of Rich and Chanda Chiles, was involved in NHS, FBLA, pep club, and baseball. Chiles plans are to work as an EMT while going to State Fair for two years, and then transferring to Mizzou to get a degree in health science. He wants to become a physician’s assistant, specializing in orthopedic surgery. His best memory from high school was, “Going to state baseball my sophomore year.”

  Dustin Coffey, son of Linda and Tom Coffey, was involved in FFA. He plans to attend Lincoln Tech where he will continue to pursue a career as a diesel technician.

  Devin Coke, son of Angel and Frank England, was involved in pep club, basketball, football, track, and FBLA. He plans to attend UCM and get a bachelor’s degree in physical education. “WHS has been real and it’s been fun, but it hasn’t been real fun.”

  Darian Cook, daughter of Brian Cook, was involved in choir, FCCLA and FFA. She plans to attend Academy Of Salon Professionals to pursue a career in cosmetology. Her favorite part about high school was her teachers and their kind attitudes towards helping her. Her one piece of advice to underclassmen is “Don’t give up. Things will get tough, trust me, but just hang in there. You can do it.”

  Kaci Cooner, daughter of John and Susan Cooner, was involved in student council as a class officer, math club, A+ program, science club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, English club, pep club, Future Business Leaders of America, finance club, track, and softball. Cooner’s future plans are to move to Springfield and attend Missouri State University. Cooner’s favorite memory is, “Softball bus rides with my pals.”

  Jessica Cooper, daughter of Virginia and Steven Williams, plans to live in Sedalia and attend SFCC to become a preschool teacher. Her advice for underclassmen is, “Be nice to Mrs. Allen or I’ll find you.”

  Seth Eckhoff, son of Dustin and Roxanna Eckhoff, was involved in Madrigal, science club, and FFA. Eckhoff plans to live in Sedalia, graduate from college with the aid of his A+ funding, and earn a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and computer technologies. His piece of advice to underclassmen is “Life is going to throw some curve balls your way, but you gotta take the opportunities when they come.”

  Christopher England, son of William and Rosaline England, was involved in art club. He plans to join the army and then attend UCM.

  Erica Flores, daughter of Eric and Teresa Flores, was involved in band, science club, pep club, student council, NHS, prom committee, and basketball. She plans to attend State Fair Community College then Missouri State University and live in Springfield. Flores’ favorite memory from high school was all of the last minute plans for Friday nights. “I’ll miss being in the pep club and cheering on our teams.”

  Madeline Freeman, daughter of Tim and Cheree Freeman, was involved in band, FCCLA, FCA, journalism, and pep club. Freeman plans to attend Evangel University on her journey to becoming a surgeon. Freeman said her favorite memory from high school was, “Coming together as a school during pep assemblies.”

 Sadie Friend, daughter of Sharon and Mark Goosman, was involved in volleyball, choir, pep club, art club, and the A+ program. She plans to attend a 2-year community college/junior college. She strives for a successful career and to be able to provide a good life for her son. Sadie’s one piece of advice to underclassmen is to avoid drama. “Don’t let everyone else’s drama affect how you feel about yourself,” Friend said.

  Austin Gardner, son of Matthew and Heather Gardner, was involved in baseball, football, basketball, pep club, and FBLA. He plans to move to Sedalia to attend State Fair to become a nurse. His advice for students is “Don’t worry about the number (class rank, highest GPA) none of it will matter when you are getting a job.”

  Dillon Glaab, son of Dennis and Shelley Glaab, plans to move to Sedalia. He plans to just “live life and handle whatever comes my way.”

  Madison Grobe, daughter of Brian and Pam Grobe, was involved in golf, softball, basketball, FBLA, FCCLA, Women’s Choir, Madrigal, NHS, A+ program and pep club. She plans to get her bachelor’s in business management or finance at the University of Missouri. Her one piece of advice to underclassmen is “Make the memories count.”

  Kylie Guyette,  daughter of Brandy Baker, Kerry Guyette, Becky Guyette, and Aaron Black, was involved in FCCLA, FBLA, FCA, NHS, student council, English club, pep club, and multimedia. She plans to move to Joplin and attend MSSU. Guyette wants to get her master’s degree in criminal justice. Guyette said what she will miss most is living in a small town surrounded by bodies of water. “I will miss my close friends in my class and all the people I have grown up with. As for the high school, I will miss the teachers that really cared about their students and would do anything for them. Warsaw has some amazing staff.”

  Drue Hammond, son of Chad and April Hammond, was involved in football throughout high school. He plans on joining the Air Force. Hammond said his favorite memory from high school was, “Reading books with friends.”

  Jacob Hart, son of Justin and Kelly Hart, was involved in FFA. He plans to attend State Fair to pursue a career in welding. His one piece of advice to underclassmen is “Just try your hardest.”

  Laura Henderson, daughter of Nancy and Travis Henderson, plans to move to Oklahoma to attend a trade school.  Henderson said her best memories from high school are, “Being in Mrs. Durst’s and Mrs. Cobb’s class.”  

  Erika Huffman, daughter of Jason and Melinda Huffman, was involved in band, FFA, pep club, and English club. She strives to become a preschool teacher, and plans to attend State Fair to get her associate’s degree in early childhood development. She will further her career at Central Methodist University and earn a bachelor’s degree in early elementary education. Her favorite memory from high school is “Going to marching band competitions.

  Nelson Johnson, son of Kenney Johnson, was an active member in FFA.

  Haven Johnson, daughter of Catherine and Scott Grotz, was involved in concert choir, Madrigal, pep band, English club, and FCCLA. After high school she plans to use her A+ at SFCC to obtain her degree. Johnson’s favorite memory was during junior year advisory, “There was never a dull day in that class,” Johnson said. Her advice for underclassmen is “Keep your head up and keep smiling.”

  Kaitlyn Jones, daughter of Gary and Kindra Jones, was involved in volleyball, A+, pep club, and women’s choir. She plans to, “Further my education, and to be successful in whatever I choose to do.” Her favorite memory from high school was being with her friends, and her advice for others is to be involved.

  Sage Kaneko, son of Heather and Kenji Kaneko. After graduation he plans to attend Drury University, where he’ll graduate with a mechanical engineering degree and pursue a career in mechanical engineering.

  Haleigh Kennedy, daughter of Gary Kennedy and Keri Sawyer, was involved in student council, choir, FBLA, and wrestling. She plans to work for a year and then attend a college of her choosing. What Kennedy will miss most about high school is math teacher Jowell Roellig who has been her biggest inspiration since freshman year.

  Johnathan Kirmse, son of Harvey and Linda Kirmse, was involved in football, band, wrestling, track and field, science club, English club, FCA, FBLA, and academic team. He plans to attend Central Methodist University to study chemistry and play football. His one piece of advice to underclassmen is “Be active throughout your high school years. It helps to make it more enjoyable and fun, plus it helps you to form connections and friendships.”

  Ashlee Kuykendall, daughter of Kathy and TJ Kuykendall, was involved in track, cross country, NHS, science club, A+ tutoring, finance club, volleyball, pep club, English club, basketball, and art club. She plans to attend Missouri Southern State University for four years to get a bachelor’s in biochemistry. She then plans to continue to med school to get a master’s to become a physician assistant. Her one piece of advice to underclassmen is “Enjoy the little things in high school and get along with everyone because in the end hating people for something so small is pointless.”

  Cheyenne Lawson, daughter of Jennifer and Christopher Lawson, plans to move to Cole Camp and work in a child care facility. After leaving high school Lawson will miss math teacher Jowell Roellig the most, “Mrs. Roellig always been there for me to talk to.”

  Rebecca Letcher, daughter of Christine and Ron Letcher, was involved in pep club, art club, student council, volleyball, softball, and archery. She plans to move to Deepwater and attend the State Fair campus in Clinton and then UMKC. Her favorite part about school was cutting all of her classes to be in Mrs. Greene’s class. The one piece of advice she wishes to give underclassmen is, “Live while you’re young.”

  Noah Long, son of Richard and Kathy Long, was involved in student council, NHS, FFA, FCA, prom committee, garden club, yearbook, pep band, marching band, indoor drumline, and concert band. He plans to attend College of the Ozarks to pursue a career in horticulture. His plans include having a family in a rural community and owning a greenhouse and nursery business. His one piece of advice to underclassmen is “Put forth effort in everything you do. Smile lots, forgive always, and you will enjoy life a lot more.”

  Makayla Mais, daughter of Mike and Tracy Mais, was involved in volleyball, band, pep band, marching band, pep club, English club, newspaper, yearbook, National Honor Society, A+ tutoring, and Quill and Scroll. She plans to move to Springfield, and attend Missouri State University and pursue a journalism degree. Her favorite memories from high school are, “Spending time with my band and journalism families, and earning All-Missouri at Journalism Day.”

  Edsel McMillin, son of Maggie and Gary McMillin, was involved in various extracurriculars. After high school he plans to attend a 4-year college and begin a teaching career. McMillin’s one piece of advice to underclassmen is “Do your work because there’s no point in failing.”

  Corey Nahrstedt, son of Carrie Nahrstedt and Chris Schaefer, was involved in band, academic team, and gardening club. He plans to further his education at State Fair to work towards his goal of becoming a registered nurse. His one piece of advice for underclassmen is to “Work hard and cherish the good times you have here at Warsaw High School.”

  Johna Newman, daughter of Addie and Chris Hancock, was involved soccer, choir, track, multimedia, and cheer. She plans to attend State Fair to become an elementary school teacher. Newman said, “I would miss seeing my friends in the halls, and classrooms.” Her one piece of advice for underclassmen would be, “Don’t ever stop doing what you love because someone else doesn’t like it. Be who you are. It’s okay to be different.”

  Nichole Payne, daughter of Heidi and Luke Payne, was involved in concert band and color guard. She plans to attend Wellsprings School of Allied Health, where she will pursue a career in massage therapy. Her favorite memory from high school was getting to see all of the color guard girls improve throughout the years. Her one piece of advice to underclassmen is “Never give up on the things you want to do.”

  Nathan Perry, son of Edna and Allen Perry, was involved in band. He plans to attend a 4-year college and pursue a career as an audio engineer. His favorite memory from high school was spending time with his best friend Dylan Walker in marching band his freshman year.

  Jonathan Petesch, son of Carol Petesch, was involved in newspaper, Quill and Scroll, band, Madrigal, golf, math club, NHS, FBLA, and multimedia. His plans are to move to Springfield and attend Missouri State University. His advice for underclassmen is, “When the summer hits before your senior year, start researching scholarships. I procrastinated on scholarships so I didn’t get the chance to apply for a lot of scholarships I could have received.”

  Michael Pierce, son of Paul and Casey Landsberg, was involved in football, wrestling, track, and Madrigal. He plans to become a military police officer.   

  Shyanne Pierce, daughter of Samantha and Phillip Pierce, plans to move to Grandbury, Texas to become a certified nursing assistant. Pierce one piece of advice would be “Do you work and get it in on time.”

  Thomas Reffett, son of John Reffett, was involved in concert band, jazz band, pep band, and marching bands. He plans to start up his own online business while interning. He says he will miss his band family and all of the good times he has had with them. Reffett’s advice for underclassmen is “Don’t give up for any reason and set your personal standards high.”

  Aaron Reno, son of John and Mindy Reno, was involved in football. He plans to attend SFCC and join the military. His only piece of advice to underclassmen is “Don’t listen to everybody else be yourself and true friends will come.

  Kaitlynne Salley, daughter of Jason and Krystel Salley, was involved in FFA, FBLA, color guard, band, and pep band. She plans to attend American College of Hair Design and to eventually own a hair shop. Her advice for younger students is, “Make good grades, have fun, and get involved.”

  Evan Saupe, son of Cliff Saupe, was involved in the Oklahoma Musical and A-Team. Saupe plans to join the military to become an Army Ranger. He said he will miss his friends from high school.

  Cierra Sawyers, daughter of Larry and Christina Jinks, was involved in softball, basketball, pep club, and FFA. She plans to go to State Fair Community College to get her associate’s degree, and then transfer to UCM to major in graphic design. Her favorite memory from high school was “Spending time with my basketball team and my coaches!”

  Bailey Sharp, daughter of Darby and Latricia Sharp, was involved in student council, pep club, English club, science club, archery, NHS, FBLA, math club, A+ tutoring, and cross country. She plans to attend Missouri University of Science and Technology, where she will pursue a career in environmental engineering as an officer in the United States Air Force. Her one piece of advice to underclassmen is “Participate in everything. Go to dances, go to games, everything. You’ll regret it if you don’t.”

  Trenton Simons, son of Tim Simons and Veneica Wilson, was involved in football and baseball. He plans to attend State Fair, where he’ll pursue a career as a PE teacher.

  Alexis Smith, daughter of Dustin Smith and granddaughter of Linda Larson, was involved in FFA, newspaper, yearbook, NHS, band, jazz band, math club, and A-Team. She plans to move to Sedalia to attend State Fair Community College using her A+ scholarship. Smith’s advice to younger students is to “Get involved, but make sure you have enough time to get school work done.”

  Garrett Smith, son of Larry and Laura Smith, was involved in track, baseball, track, science club, NHS, and yearbook. He plans to move to Nixa and attend Ozarks Technical Community College. Smith said he will miss being around people he has known his life. His one piece of advice for underclassmen would be, “Have a plan, no matter how basic.”

  Shelby Sternadel, daughter of Ellon and Steve Sternadel, was involved in FCCLA all four years of high school. She plans to attend Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield. Her advice would be, “I would say definitely do all your homework and get it done on time.”

  Viktoria Stettner is a German foreign exchange student with Rachelle and LaMonte Yoder serving as her host parents. She plans to attend Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, where she’ll pursue a career in physical therapy. Stettner says what she’ll miss most about Warsaw is the people she met.

  Samantha Thompson, daughter of Jennifer and Louie Dawson, was involved in track, basketball, NHS, English club, and art club. She plans to attend Metropolitan Community College to pursue a career in nursing. Her one piece of advice for underclassmen is “Do what you gotta do, don’t worry about anyone else.”

  Jade Todd, daughter of Robert Jones, was involved in CTC. She plans to work. Her favorite part about high school was CTC.

  Nathan Townley, son of Dwayne and Angela Townley, was involved in band, jazz band, academic team, English club, and drum line. He plans to attend University of Central Missouri, where he will pursue a career in music education. His advice to underclassmen is “Enjoy every second you have in school. You don’t realize what you have until you lose it.”

  Mackenzie Weaver, daughter of Scott and Jennifer Weaver, was involved in basketball, volleyball, A+, and yearbook. She plans to attend State Fair Community College then later move to Columbia. Weaver said her advice to underclassmen would be, “Always do your best on all of your homework because that will help you once you’re in college.”

  Jon Webster, son of Russell and Tracy Webster, was involved in FFA, FBLA, and Supervised Business Experience. He plans to work for MODOT until retirement. His one piece of advice to underclassmen is “Don’t try to rush through high school. It goes by fast anyways.”

  Amee Wiggins, daughter of Brandy and David Fajen, was involved in FCCLA and FBLA. She plans to attend State Fair to become a social worker. Her favorite memory from school was when she set her old backpack on fire in Mr. Daniel’s class on the last day of school her sophomore year. “Get involved in something,” Wiggins said. “Don’t just go through high school to get out. You have to make it fun while you do it”

  Ashlyn Yoder, daughter LaMonte and Rachelle Yoder, was involved in cross country, basketball, track, Madrigal, FFA, student council, English club, science club, pep club, academic team, WHS musicals, FCA, NHS, prom committee, and A+ program. She plans to attend Drury University where she’ll obtain a master’s in Occupational Therapy and pursue a career running her own therapeutic riding center. Her one piece of advice to underclassmen is “Get. Your. Crap. Done.”

 

The following seniors did not respond to requests for information: Justin Bartley, Christian Haines, Tristan Hamm, Stephanie Harms, Brandon Hartman, Tyler Jennings, Tina Jones, Kendall Kee, Dayton Krueger, Devan Menter, Dannie Meza Stevenson, Mckenea Sloan, Nathan Stutes, and Mericia Wilbanks

 

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Class of 2017 remembers good times as students, share future plans and goals for college, career