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Sturgeon R-V graduates 31

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 6:29 am

At least 500 people packed into the west side of the Sturgeon High School gym the evening of May 13 for the SHS Class of 2018’s graduation.

Sturgeon R-V valedictorian Rachel Guilford, left, and Annabell Parks - salutatorian

Sturgeon R-V valedictorian Rachel Guilford, left, and
Annabell Parks – salutatorian

Presiding over his first graduation as a high school principal, John Kruse regaled the crowd with the amount of scholarship money the 31-member class of 2018 won, more than $315,000 worth of scholarship funds.

For many of the graduates, after receiving their diplomas, certificates, cords and stoles, was hearing from their former 8th-grade music teacher Mark Lewis, who was also SHS’ music instructor, now teaching music for the Columbia School District.

Lewis spoke to his former students about leadership.

After warming up the audience with some jokes some of the new sayings Sturgeon high and middle school students exposed him to when he taught there, he launched into his topic.

“Everyone here is a leader of some sort. Some of you think you are followers, yet you still model behavior for younger generations,” Lewis said. “Some of you are hermits, but it is extremely difficult to avoid mechanics, construction workers, doctors, check-out clerks, etc.”

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