Class of 2019 looks back on high school, prepares for life after graduation

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  As the class of 2019 gets ready to graduate, they reminisce on their past and look forward to the future.

  Sommer Anderson is the daughter of Jeff Anderson and Minda Jones. Anderson was involved in choir. She plans to attend State Fair Community College (SFCC) where she will become certified to be a RN travel nurse. Anderson’s favorite memory from high school was spending time with her friends. Her greatest piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Don’t enclose yourself in your own little world. You only experience these years once, live them to your fullest.”

  James Barnett is the son of Jamie Hill. He was involved in VoTech. After high school he plans to pursue a career in heavy machinery in Sedalia. His greatest piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Get your hard classes done first so your last years are easy and fun.”

  Riley Bagley is the son of Jerome and Heather Bagley. He was involved in pep club, football, and baseball. After graduation he plans to start his own film business with the help of Ozark Technical Community College (OTC). Bagley’s favorite memory from high school was when all the seniors got together to hang out after football games. Bagley’s advice for underclassmen is, “Come to school and keep your attendance high so you can miss more your senior year.”

  Gage Boston is the son of Terri Foresee. Boston plans to attend a two-year community college in hopes of pursuing a career in engineering.

  Dayvon Bruce is the son of Anthony Bruce and Jennifer Page. He was involved in basketball. Bruce plans to attend the Kansas City Art Institute, where he will cultivate his skills to become the greatest artist. Dayvon’s best memory from high school was coming to Warsaw and getting to meet all of the people. “I’ll miss seeing all of the positive vibes going around,” Bruce said.

  Taylor Bunch is the daughter of Matt and Stephanie Bunch. Bunch was involved in band, color guard, yearbook, NHS, STUCO and pep club. Bunch’s plans for the future include attending MU for a degree in Journalism and Political Science, going to law school to become a civil rights lawyer, and eventually serving as a judge. Bunch’s favorite memory was when she and her friends would dance in a circle at the end of every dance, because she always felt closest to them in those moments. Her advice is, “Never waste a day here thinking that growing up is going to be ‘so much better.’ These truly are the most carefree days of your life, and it will never feel this way again.”

  Shawn Coffey is the son of Claude Coffey. His plans are to move to Sedalia to attend SFCC while working towards becoming a police officer. Coffey was involved in baseball, football, FCCLA, and archery. His favorite memories from high school were from playing baseball and he will miss all of the people he became closer with.

  Kyle Cook is the son of Brian Cook. After graduation he plans to attend SFCC and work.

  Austin Cooper is the son of Laurence and Amanda Cooper. Cooper was involved in golf. After graduation he hopes to live in LA, working full time as a YouTube content creator. “Stay strong out there guys. Just hang in there,” Cooper said. “I wish the best luck to the people out there in the real world. Hopefully I’ll see them.”

  Ciara Cooper is the daughter of Virginia and Steve Williams. In high school she was involved in cheer and band. After graduation, Cooper plans to attend SFCC.

   Suzanne Cortright is the daughter of Charles Cortright and Karren Lentz. She was involved in pep club, math club, student council, NHS, English club, science club, FCCLA, FBLA, A+ Program, women’s choir and Madrigal. She plans to graduate from Missouri State University (MSU) with a degree in psychology and criminal justice in hopes of becoming an FBI behavior analyst. “My best memory from high school was my senior prom, I had a blast and made great memories with all my best friends and prom was put together very well,” Cortright said. Cortright’s greatest piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Even when things get tough, or when you feel like you’re failing, whether that be in class or socially, always know it gets better and it’s a lesson you’ll learn from and you will come out stronger than before.”

  Trevor Crabtree is the son of Vincent and Shelly Crabtree. Crabtree was involved in CTC. After graduation he plans to work in maintenance. His greatest piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Time is always changing and you never know where your clock is.”

  Kinsten Cunningham is the daughter of Heath and Denise Cunningham. She was involved in softball. After graduation she plans to get a business and graphic design degree at OTC. Her favorite memory from high school was her last year of softball when the team performed really well. To the underclassmen, her advice is: “Enjoy the small moments.”

  Kieon Davis is the son of Greg Davis. He was involved in football, wrestling, and track. His plans are to join the National Guard while attending UCM. Davis’ greatest piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Don’t believe everything you hear and don’t trust anyone.”

   Logan Davis is the son of Dwayne Davis and Rickie Caswell. He was involved in basketball, golf, pep club and English club. Davis plans to attend OTC. Davis’ favorite high school memory was all of the times he hung out with his friends.

 Caitlin Dudenhoeffer is the daughter of Steve and Suzie Dudenhoeffer. She was involved in FCCLA, NHS and archery. Her plans are to attend UCM where she will pursue a career in teaching. Her greatest piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Get involved because once it’s your senior year, it will go by so fast.”

  Shelby Dunnam is the daughter of Sharon and Carmen Dunnam. She plans to stay in Warsaw and attend State Fair Community College to become a band director. She was involved in marching band, jazz bad, pep band, cheerleading, and women’s choir. When asked what she would miss most from high school, Dunham said, “definitely marching band,” and her advice to the underclassman is to “have fun and enjoy it.”

  Victoria Esser is the daughter of Christina and Jackie Esser. Esser was involved in band, jazz band, FCCLA and student council. She plans to go to SFCC where she will work her way towards becoming a traveling nurse. Esser’s best memory was winning first place in marching band competition her freshman year. “I’ll miss all the friends I’ve made throughout the years,” Esser said. “Remember to work hard the first three years so you don’t have to your senior year.”

  Alexandrea Estes is the daughter of Landon and Brenda Estes. She was involved in volleyball, gardening club, concert band, pep band, color-guard, pep club, NHS, newspaper, yearbook, English club, A+, Quill and Scroll, wrestling management, and science club. Estes plans to major in Biochemistry at University of Missouri, attend med school in Minnesota, and become a neuroscientist. Estes’ favorite memory from high school was when she, Rylee Pals, Brenna Smith, and Taylor Bunch played a giant game of hide and seek throughout the school on a journalism work night. “We are close like a family, and I’ll miss having that kind of connection with everyone here. Nobody is a stranger at Warsaw High,” Estes said. “Life is what you make it. Take every chance and opportunity you are given, because you will always be lead to great things.”

  Kolby Estes is the son of Lance and Tamena Estes. He was involved in FBLA, STUCO, NHS, wrestling, science club, math club and English Club. After graduation he plans to pursue a career in law enforcement through Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, where he will eventually get into the FBI. Estes’ favorite memory from high school was winning state in wrestling and having his friends and family there to support him. Estes’ biggest piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Enjoy high school; it goes by in the blink of an eye.”

 Blaine Fleury is the son of T.G. Boyd and Jeri Boyd. He was involved in baseball, band, and FBLA. After graduation, he plans to attend SFCC and start his own HVAC business. Fleury’s greatest piece of advice for underclassmen is controlling and understanding time management.

   Amber Flippin is the daughter of Todd and Linda Flippin. She was involved in choir and FCCLA. Her plans are to attend cosmetology school at Academy of Salon Professionals. Her favorite memories from high school were the choir trips with her group freshman year. Her greatest piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Enjoy your senior year, you only graduate once.”

  William Deric Flores is the son of Eric and Teresa Flores. Flores was involved in sports. His plans are to attend SFCC, where he will study to become a narcotics detective. Flores’ greatest piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Don’t be what others make you out to be, be yourself.”

  Madilyn Gardner is the daughter of Matt and Heather Gardner. She was involved in volleyball, student council, NHS, basketball and pep club. She plans to pursue her dream career of being an orthopedic surgeon through MSU. Gardner’s greatest piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Don’t take high school too serious. Looking back, I realized I stressed way too much on getting certain grades when all that truly matters is your GPA for the college you want to go to and that you actually graduate.”

  Brianna George is the daughter of Mildred George. George was involved in FBLA and FCCLA. Her plans include attending SFCC and eventually becoming a librarian. Her favorite memory in high school was winning spirit week back-to-back. George’s greatest piece of advice is to “enjoy high school, participate in all the school events you can, because you will regret it if you don’t.”

  Helena Givens is the daughter of David and Brenda Givens. She was involved i Madrigal and cheer. Her plans are to attend UCM, where she will pursue a degree in nursing. Givens’ piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Don’t take high school for granted.”

  Jessie Glenn is the daughter of Keith and Sherri Glenn. Glenn was involved in volleyball, basketball, math club, pep club, English club, art club, science club, FBLA, NHS and STUCO. Glenn plans to attend UCM to obtain a degree in wildlife biology, and from there she would like to work with exotic wildlife sanctuaries. Glenn’s favorite memory from high school was getting fired up before every volleyball home game in the locker room where the team would play games like “The Dead Fish,” “Diggalo,” and “Fuzzy Duck.” Glenn’s greatest piece of advice is “Don’t be ‘too cool’ to participate in all of the fun events in high school because it’s those events that really make memories.”

  Electa Good is the daughter of Bobbie and Jeremie Good. She was involved in journalism, ProStart 1, speech, and FCCLA. Good plans to travel, make and meet friends and publish poems/short stories.

  Virgil Goucher is the son of Kevin and Alisa Goucher. Goucher was involved in tech club and plans to become an entrepreneur. His biggest piece of advice for underclassmen is “Get your classes done early so you can sleep as a senior.”

  Savannah Goyette is the daughter of Joey Goyette. She was involved in choir. After graduation she plans to live with her family in Colorado.

  Caleb Greene is the son of Charles and Heather Greene. Greene plans to go into and retire from the air force. His greatest piece of advice is: “Stay in school and say no to drugs and smoking.”

  Madisyn Gregg is the daughter of Tedi and Deylon Gregg. Gregg was involved in band. She plans to attend SFCC, where she will study to get her degree in special education. Her favorite memory from high school was when she got to spend time with friends and when she got to go on trips. Her biggest piece of advice is: “Have fun while you still can while your young. Always turn in work on time and get good grades. Try your hardest.”

  Earl Harding was involved in ag in high school. After graduation he plans to attend SFCC where he will pursue a career in HVAC work. Harding’s favorite memory was getting yelled at by the principals. “I’m going to miss making Mr. Wright mad,” Harding said.

  Kimberly Hart is the daughter of Justin and Kelly Hart. She plans to attend SFCC and the University of Missouri-Kansas City to become a cardiovascular nurse. Her advice to younger students is: “Don’t wait until the last minute to do stuff. It (high school) is more relaxing than college and less stress.”

  Elijah Hawkins is the son of Denise and Dana Hawkins. Hawkins was involved in sports. He plans to go to college. His favorite memory was when the football team won their first game his junior year via touchdown. Hawkins’ greatest advice for underclassmen is: “Just do what you like, don’t let other people try to push you into something they just want.”

  Kegan Hays is the son of Danny and Darla Hays. He was involved in FFA, science club, and English club. Hays plans to get a degree in Computer Networking through UCM or SFCC and afterwards he plans on being a computer networking analyst. Hays’ favorite memory from high school was when he got his first homerun his sophomore year. His greatest piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Don’t ever feel like you aren’t doing enough.”

  Brandi Hubert is the daughter of Tom and Tracy Hubert. She was involved in FFA, pep club, FBLA and NHS. Hubert plans to attend SFCC to get her Associate of Arts Degree, then transfer to UCM to obtain her master’s degree in accountancy. She also plans to travel throughout college and then settle down and have a family. Hubert’s greatest piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Never be afraid to be yourself, and don’t pass up opportunities; you will regret passing them up.”

 Elijah Hurshman is the son of Damon and Nicki Hurshman. He was involved in football. Hurshman plans to join the military. His greatest piece of advice is: “Never give up on school.”

  Taylor Jenkins is the son of Rebecca White. He was involved in football, basketball, track, golf and band. Jenkins plans to join the Navy and attend Universal Technical Institute. Jenkins’ advice to the underclassmen is “Do good now or you will suffer in the long run.”

  Jesse Johnson is the son of Sheila Estes. Johnson was involved in FFA, FCCLA and State Fair Career and Technology Center. He plans to obtain a degree in teaching through SFCC and become an elementary teacher in California or Florida. Johnson’s favorite memory was being a candidate for royalty at Echoes and Homecoming. Johnson’s biggest piece of advice is: “The work can be difficult, but do your best to get good grades because high school is a major leap into the rest of your life.”

  Tyler Kirk is the son of Justin Kirk. He was involved in basketball, football and pep club. Kirk plans to go into the military and use the money and the GI bill to attend college and get his degree at UCM. “My best memory from high school was running to Taco Bell when I wasn’t supposed to at the SBU track meet my freshman year,” Kirk said. “What I will miss most about Warsaw is the lake, anytime you’re ever bored and don’t know what to do, you go to the lake.”

  Mason Knox is the son of Miranda Foster and Steven Knox. He was involved in cross country and wrestling. He plans to become a car salesman. His advice for younger students is to “realize that school and reputation actually man something. Be as involved as you can because you’ll regret it if you don’t.”

 Evan Kowal is the son of Russell and Dina Kowal. Kowal was involved in cross-country, track and field, math club, science club and archery. He plans to move to Longview, Texas to attend LeTourneau University with a major in biomedical engineering. Kowal’s biggest piece of advice for underclassmen is “Respect one another, get your work done, and don’t vape in the bathroom.”

  Alex Long is the son of Jennifer Lon and Ricky Hensley. He was involved in band, baseball, wrestling, FFA, the A+ program, track and pep club. His plans are to join the National Guard and retire from the military after 20 years of service. He also wants to become a highway patrolman. Long said he will miss his high school summer get togethers. His advice is to “go hard for your first two years so that your end can be fun and you can enjoy it.”

  Autumn Long is the daughter of Rich and Kathy Long. She was involved in pep band, jazz band, concert band, marching band, NHS, and STUCO. Long plans to attend SFCC. Her favorite memory from high school was when the band tried to get Mr. Johnson a puppy her freshman year. Her greatest piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Don’t give up, your hard work will pay off soon.”

 Jacob Luebbert is the son of Randy and Michelle Luebbert. He was involved in math and science club, football, basketball, track, pep club and student council. His plans are to attend Missouri S&T, where he will pursue a degree in chemical engineering. “My favorite high school memory was when Clinton missed the field goal at the end of the game last year on the first game and we won,” Lubbert said.

 Matt Luebbert is the son of Randy and Michelle Luebbert. Luebbert was involved in basketball, baseball, football, track, NHS, English club, science club and pep club. After graduation, Luebbert plans to graduate college with a degree in Business Management, then start his own business. Luebbert’s favorite memory from high school was being part of the group that turned around the sports program after so many bad seasons. Luebbert’s greatest piece of advice for underclassmen is, “Work hard while you’re younger because it will get a lot harder when your older.”

  Chloe Lux is the daughter of Jamie Lux. She was involved in cheerleading and band. Lux plans to attend cosmetology school at House of Heavilin before moving to a tropical place. Lux’s best memory from high school was when she and a giant group of seniors hung out at the beginning of the year after a football game. Her greatest piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Live your best life in high school because it really does go by as fast as they say it does.”

  Dustin Lytton is the son of James and Julie Lytton. He was involved in football. Lytton plans to attend SFCC before going on to work in a trade. Lytton’s greatest piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Take your time here because when you leave you will miss this place, even if you hate it now.”

  Joey Mace is the son of John and Terri Mace. He was involved in baseball, basketball and pep club. Mace plans to attend Park University. His favorite memory from high school was playing baseball with the boys and hanging out with friends. Mace’s biggest piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Have fun, don’t stress.”

  Megan Mantonya is the daughter of Mary Borland and Cory Mantonya. She was involved in basketball, volleyball, softball, cheer, student council, FFA, A+ Program and art club. She plans to attend SFCC for two years to get her Associate’s Degree before transferring to UCM to major in Art Education. Mantonya’s favorite memory from high school was being champions of spirit week for two years in a row. Her biggest advice for underclassmen is: “Make every moment count and spend as much time with your closest friends, because it really does go by in a blink of an eye.”

  Robert McMurtry is the son of Tim and Jackie McMurtry. McMurtry was involved in baseball and cross country in high school. He plans to go into the Air Force and obtain a degree in Zoology. His favorite memory was hanging with friends in high school. His greatest piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Have fun while you’re in high school.”

  Dannie Meza Stevenson was involved in cross country in high school. After graduation he plans to go back home to live with his mother. He will miss his PE classes most.

  Carolyn Nahrstedt is the daughter of Chris Schaefer and Carrie Nahrstedt. Nahrstedt was involved in concert band, jazz band, marching band, pep band, gardening club, FCCLA and academic team. After graduation she plans to travel. Her favorite memory was hanging out with friends and having fun at band competitions. Nahrstedt’s best piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Don’t get caught up in the drama because it won’t matter in the future.”

  Zachary Nelson is the son of Edward and Christina Nelson. He was involved in FFA and football. Nelson plans to become a police officer. Nelson’s greatest piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Do every activity you can in high school.”

  Dalton Nickles is the son of Meagan Satrang. He was involved in football. Nickles’ future plans are to remain in Warsaw and become a splicing technician. Nickles’ favorite memory was when Jessie put on a wig for football.

  Bryce Noland is the son of Kenny and Sabrina Noland. He was involved in football and also spent his free time as a volunteer firefighter. Noland plans to attend SFCC after graduation in hopes of pursuing his career as a mechanic. Noland’s greatest piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Git ‘er done.”

 Talon Page is the son of Curtis and Marcelle Page. After graduation, Page is considering pursuing a career in either the marines or in photography.His advice for underclassmen is, “Get your stuff done and on time, don’t fall behind.”

 Rylee Pals is the daughter of Jason and Loree Pals. She was involved in NHS, pep club, math club, science club, English club, Madrigal, journalism, marching band, concert band and gardening club. Pals plans to attend OTC for her first years and then transfer to a four-year college to pursue a degree in education and become a teacher. “I think I will miss being able to be so close to the senior class and being able to come together in a way for our last year,” Pals said. “Remember to not let high school get the best of you because you will make it through everything.”

  Morgan Pierce is the daughter of Philip and Samantha Pierce. She was involved in choir. Her plans are to attend SFCC to become a registered nurse in pediatrics, and she is also considering pursuing a paramedic career. “I will definitely miss the school spirit my class has had throughout high school. I will also miss how our class was there for each other. If you were struggling with something, you could ask someone in our class and they would go help you and make sure you were okay,” Pierce said. “High school is as good as YOU make it. Be positive and make your years count.”

  Jordan Plybon is the daughter of John and Lisa Plybon. Her plans are to attend SFCC and become a FACS education teacher. She was involved in FCCLA, ProStart, and basketball. Plybon said, “I’ll miss seeing all my friends and teachers every day, but I’ll especially miss playing basketball.”

  Maleek Porter is the son of Jennifer Porter and Bonnie Westfall. He was involved in track, cross country, wrestling, NHS and math club. Porter plans to attend Central Methodist University. Porter’s favorite memory from high school was the first time he threw javelin.

  Oliver Rains is the son of Jerry Rains. Rains was involved in AFJROCT and cross country. He plans to attend SFCC before pursuing a career in automotive.

  Zach Riggs is the son of Faith Rice. He was involved in football. He plans to join the military. Riggs’ greatest piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Study and work hard from the beginning.”

  LeeAnn Rozzel is the daughter of Daniel and Brandi Rozzel and Clayton and Kelly Wolford. She was involved in speech, color guard, choir, English club, and journalism. Rozzel plans to get her associate’s degree in Baking and Pastry at OTC before going on to open her own cafe and bakery. Rozzel’s biggest piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Do not hold yourself back. Try everything that you think you may want to, you will not regret trying something, but you will regret everything you didn’t do.”

  Ethan Schomburg is the son of Jessica and Craig Webb. Schomburg was involved in golf, newspaper, yearbook, STUCO and science club. He plans to attend UCM and pursue a bachelor’s in computer science. Schomburg’s favorite memory from high school was when he made it to sectionals his junior year of golf. “I’ll miss the people, most of these individuals I have been around since I was a little kid and I’ll be sad to never see some of them again,” Schomburg said. “Remember, don’t procrastinate, stay strong mentally.”

  Colby Schwartz is the son of Michelle and Phillip Schwartz. He was involved in track, football, and wrestling. After graduation he plans to pursue a career in splicing fiber optics. “I will miss playing football and wrestling with all of my friends,” Schwartz said.

  Debra Scoggins is the daughter of Kristina and Richard McDaniel. She was involved in archery, FCCLA, softball, track, and basketball. Scoggins plans to attend Indian Capital Technology Center (ICTC) in Sallisaw, OK, where she will obtain her RN. “My favorite memory from high school was just being able to spend time with my friends,” Scoggins said. “I’ll miss the time I’ve had to truly be a kid. Make the most of school, stay strong, and don’t try to grow up too fast.”

  Brenna Smith is the daughter of Larry and Laura Smith. She plans to to move to Springfield to attend OTC for two years before making the move to the University of Missouri to pursue a double major in journalism & communications, with a minor in political science. Smith was involved in newspaper, yearbook, NHS, student council, color guard, band, pep band, pep club, Quill and Scroll, English club, science club, and volleyball. Her favorite memory from high school was when, “Taylor Bunch and I pushed each other around in a wheelchair through the middle school hallways during the middle of the night.

  Kyle Strange is the son of Byron and Amy Strange. Strange plans to become a real estate agent. His greatest piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Don’t slack off your freshmen and sophomore years.”

  Allison Thomas is the daughter of Tim and Tammy Thomas. She was involved in softball, marching band, archery, Madrigal, STUCO, FCLA, concert band, and pep band. After high school, she plans to attend OTC, where she can eventually pursue her dream career in elementary education. Thomas’ favorite memories from high school include all of the Madrigal trips and marching band competitions. Her greatest piece of advice for underclassmen is, “study hard and work hard.”

  Heather Weaver is the daughter of Brian and Debbie Weaver. After graduation, she plans to move to Waco, Texas and get a job in the graphic design industry. Weaver was involved in FFA, FBLA, and pep club. Her advice to the underclassman is, “Spend as much time with your friends as you can now because high school isn’t forever and when it’s done you won’t get to see them as much as you would like.”

  Kamryn Yach is the daughter of Steve and Kristin Yach. She was involved in NHS, math club, band, volleyball, basketball, English club, science club, and pep club. She plans to attend MSU, where she will pursue a degree in film production. Yach’s favorite high school memory was winning homecoming spirit week back-to-back junior and senior year. Yach’s greatest piece of advice for underclassmen is: “Make time for fun, but also make time for work.”

 

  Attempts to contact the following students were unsuccessful: Jenna Martin, Morgan McGann, Tyler Peters, Randal Rains, Marc Spencer, Blake Stephens, Chance Thirstrup, Alexander Thompson and Mikel Whetro.

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