P-C, Greene County hold commencements

The number of alumni from Greene County high schools grew by 100 this month, with 11 students graduating from Paton-Churdan High School and 89 students graduating from Greene County High School.

Autumn Gannon, principal Annie Smith, Chase Juergensen | Paton-Churdan photo


Paton-Churdan held its commencement Saturday, May 20. Autumn Gannon was salutatorian and Chase Juergensen was valedictorian. Juergensen had also been honored earlier at the Governor’s Scholar reception in Des Moines.





Kenna Marquardt

Commencement for Greene County seniors was Sunday, May 28. Senior class president Kenna Marquardt noted that the most important thing she learned during her senior year is “how great it feels to tell someone how much they mean to you.”

Magistrate David Morain

Guest speaker was Greene County magistrate David Morain, a Jefferson-Scranton 1999 graduate. He reminded graduates that high school is not the best four years of a person’s life – “It gets so much better.” He said that adulthood is amazingly complicated, and “It’s not cool to not understand something. Keep learning.”

Co-valedictorians were Emily Heupel, John Mobley IV, and Hannah Stein. Salutatorian was Hannah Promes.

(from left) school board president David Ohrt, superintendent Tim Christensen, John Mobley IV, Emily Heupel, Hannah Stein, Hannah Promes, principal Brian Phillips

Graduates Natasha Groves and Rocky Ford have enlisted in the United States Air Force. Both received applause at the ceremony.


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