MCHS bid farewell to the Class of 2021

By: 
Theo Tate

Kelsey Koch, above, marches with her classmates during the MCHS graduation ceremony held June 4. THEO TATE PHOTO

Anna Schroer has reason to be upset.

She and her twin sister, Hannah, will be going their separate ways this fall after going to school together for 12 years. Anna will be heading to State Technical College, while Hannah will be going to the University of Missouri-Columbia.

“I’m afraid to leave my twin sister,” Anna said. “In the fall, it will be the first time being away from her for a very long time.”

The Schroer sisters were among the 84 graduates of this year’s Montgomery County High School senior class. They had their graduation ceremony on June 4 at Jim Blacklock Field.

Anna said she enjoyed the experience of graduating with her sister in front of family and friends.

“It was nice seeing everybody out here,” said Anna, who competed in cross country and track and was a member of the FFA group.

This year’s senior class had four sets of twin siblings. Besides the Schroers, Renee and Tyler Finke, Kyle and Luke Yelton, and Alison and Codi Viehmann were the other pairs of twins.

“It’s nice,” Hannah said. “We’re all super close.”

Hannah, who works at Sugar & Spice Laura’s Delights Bakery in Montgomery City, said she’s going to miss going to MCHS next year. She was a member of the FBLA, FCCLA and Student Council groups.

“I’m going to miss my teachers a lot,” Hannah said. “They’re like my second family to me.”

The 55-minute ceremony had speeches from Meredith Rodgers and Sara Scheid. Rodgers and Scheid will head to Lindenwood University and Truman State University, respectively, next year.

During her 10-minute speech titled, “Set In Stone,” Rodgers applauded her classmates for their hard work and dedication all four years.

“To the Class of 2021, I just want to say that we made it,” Rodgers said. “I’m sorry that these past few years have been nothing you could ever expect them to be. But I want to say thank you for making it interesting.”

During her five-minute speech titled, “Be Better and Do More,” Scheid said she’s hoping for bigger and better things from her classmates in the future.

“I challenge myself and each of you to reach your full potential,” Scheid said. “The future is truly in our hands. Make the most of it.”

Jackson Brower, who plans to attend Ozark Technical College, said throughout the school year, his senior classmates had to go through many challenges during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It was different from other years because there were no assemblies and stuff, and that wasn’t very cool,” Brower said. “Sports, for the most part, were the same, except I got put on quarantine during football, which wasn’t cool.”

Minutes after receiving his diploma, Brower received an unexpected graduation present. It was a large pizza from Domino’s that he got to share with his classmates.

“My boss (from Bundy’s) sent that to me, but I didn’t know he was going to do it until after I looked up the phone number that bought it,” Brower said. “It was not planned by me or anything.”

Andrea Michelson, who plans to attend Northwest Missouri State University, said the best part of her senior year was excelling in her school work. She was one of 28 seniors who were recognized for their academic achievement at the annual Honors Banquet on May 18.

“I stayed caught up in my classes,” Michelson said. “In our junior year, they told us if we had good grades, we could just stop. I didn’t get that memo, so I kept going. I think that kind of helped keep me in stone for finishing the school year. It was a good experience.”

Ten students received recognition for being in the top 10 percent of their class during the graduation ceremony. They were Rodgers, Hannah Schroer, Renee and Tyler Finke, Shae Hoffmann, Addison Massey, Collin Parker, Anna Shaw, and Alison and Codi Viehmann. All of them received medals.

 

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