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By Natalie Nynas
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Graduation celebration

Barnum High School commends its graduates


Barnum High School Commencement exercises were held on Friday, June 1 at 7 p.m. in the High School Gymnasium.

The high school band, under the direction of Jeff Gilbertson, played the processional and recessional for the 2018 graduates. The high school band also played the selection “Novo Lenio” by Samuel Hazo. The high school choir, directed by Lori Koski, sang the selection “May It Be” arranged by Mark Brymer.

Student speakers were Rachael Barnes (welcome), Emily Miletich (past), Colton Zambory (tribute), and Quinn Casey (future).

Superintendent David Bottem presented special awards to the following students:

Emily McLellan- Nathan Moore Attendance Award; Andrew Anderson & Lea Peterson- American Legion Auxiliary Good Citizenship Award. Mr. Bottem also announced the induction of Monte Wilkes into to the BHS Hall of Fame.

Principal Brian Kazmierczak presented the male athlete of the year award to Drake Weets and the female athlete of the year award to Emily Miletich. Receiving the John Philip Sousa Music award was Trevor Houck & Rylie Platt.

Fifty-two graduates were presented by principal Brian Kazmierczak and Social Studies teacher Kari Johnson. Diplomas were distributed by Jessica Unkelhaeuser and Paul Coughlin, representing the Barnum Board of Education.

Rachael Barnes, daughter of Cindy and John Barnes, was announced as 2017-2018 valedictorian and Brendan Lake, son of Kelly and Rick Lake, was announced as 2017-2018 salutatorian.

Graduates with distinction require a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 and above, while graduates to be named as honor students must have obtained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and above.

Graduates with distinction

Rachael Barnes

Quinn Casey

Lucas Koecher

Brendan Lake

Emily Miletich

Rylie Platt

Honor students

Andrew Anderson

Dylan Anton

Hunter Benson

Kylee Berquist

Elizabeth Carlson

Spencer Engblom

Braven Fisher

Braeden Hlavka

Trevor Houck

Jeremiah Johnson

Meghan Kaspszak

Kyle Kielty

Megan Laine

Michael Lilya

Emily McLellan

Mitchel Moehrke

Saul Myhre

Madeline Nelson

Hunter Olsen

Noah Parker

Lea Peterson

Anthony Robinson

Meghan Sandberg

Jordan Sieckert

Alina Skutevik

Kaitlyn Skutevik

Julieanna Sullivan

Noah Unkelhaeuser

Drake Weets

Colton Zambory

Julieanna Sullivan and Elizabeth Carlson both earned their associate of arts degree along with their high school diplomas.

Juniors who served as honor ushers for commencement were: Max Salzer, Jessica Schatz, Jennette Schmitt and Alan Sebring.

Miniature diplomas and special 2018 coins, courtesy of Education Minnesota, Barnum, were presented by elementary teachers Amanda Nordstrom and Sarah MacDonald.


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