Area Graduates- Ready For The Real World

Anita Campbell
County Reporter
Graduation was the main activity for many Benton County teens this past weekend.  Twenty five Lincoln High School seniors received their high school diplomas on May 10.  Speakers included Christina Eckhoff and Aleah Paxton.
Christina Eckhoff, daughter of Darren and Sheree Eckhoff, graduated as the valedictorian of the Lincoln High School Class of 2019.
Eckhoff plans to attend State Fair Community College for the next two years then transfer to Missouri State University in Springfield.  She is currently undecided about her major but is considering studying business.
While in high school Eckhoff was active in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), National Honor Society (NHS) and served as the baseball manager.  Eckhoff was also active in athletics as she played for the LHS Girls Basketball team and Volleyball team.
Eckhoff attended the Lincoln school district since kindergarten  and said she would miss her friends and the great atmosphere of the Lincoln school district. 
Of her many memories, Eckhoff said her most memorable memory was when the Lincoln Football Cardinals went to the State Championship game since it was the first time that had happened.
“Enjoy high school while it lasts,” was Eckhoff’s advice to underclassmen.
Aleah Paxton, daughter of Matthew and Michelle Paxton, graduated as the Class Salutatorian for Lincoln High School.
A student of the Lincoln School District since kindergarten, Paxton plans to attend State Fair Community College in the fall on a softball scholarship.     Paxton plans to enter the medical field as a diagnostic medical stenographer. 
While a student LHS, Paxton served as the president of FCLA and Student Council.  Paxton also served as the team captain of the LHS softball team.
Paxton was also involved in NHS, FCA and Show Choir.
Paxton said she would miss seeing all her friend and siblings at school every day next year.
Paxton’s most memorable time in high school was when her softball team took third place at the Missouri State Softball tournament her sophomore year.
“If you have a dream don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it,” was Paxton’s advice to underclassmen.
Sixty-two Cole Camp seniors received their high school diplomas on May 12 at 2 PM in the CCHS gym.
For the first time in CCHS history, a valedictorian and salutatorian were not selected.  Instead seniors were awarded summa cum laude (3.9-4.0 GPA; magna cum laude (3.8-3.89 GPA) and cum laude  (3.7-3.79 GPA) status.
Summa Cum Laude graduating seniors included:  Mikayla Acklin, Hannah Anderson, Paige Doogs, Keygan Fox, Tayler Gudde, Tori Harding, Clayton, Hesse, Samuel Jones, Camryn Schear, Katelyn Schlesselman, Alexis Shane, Evan Shearer, Welton  Vosmith, Carter Wienberg and Helaina Williams.
Magna Cum Laude graduating senior was Miriam Marimon and Cum Laude graduating senior was Megan Thomas.
The Commencement speakers chosen by a faculty committee were Tori Harding and Evan Shearer.
Warsaw High School will hold graduation ceremonies on May 17 at 7 PM in the high school gym.  The speakers will be the class valedictorian, Kamryn Yach, and salutatorian, Suzanne Cortright.