Thursday, May 25, 2017 - Updated: 10:10 AMThe 36th annual commencement at Massac County High School (MCHS) was held May 19 with 117 seniors graduating.
The MCHS Patriot concert band performed Pomp and Circumstance. David Hannan, MCHS band director, and Melissa Gallip, MCHS choir director, led the band and concert choir in musical selections.
The ceremony was opened by Donovan Bryce Crim, senior class president, welcoming those in attendance, and Jason Hayes, MCHS principal, spoke and presented the class.
Valedictorian was Karly McCall Hankins, and Salutatorian was Noah Cassidy Farmer.
Hankins is the daughter of Brian and Kerry Hankins of Metropolis.
While attending MCHS, Hankins was a varsity cheerleader, competed on various academic teams and was a leader in the community.
She participated and represented MCHS on various academic teams including Business Skills, Math, HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) and WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering).
Hankins was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), Key Club, Biology Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
In addition to her involvement at school, she served as an ambassador for the Girls Scouts of America and is an active leader in the Community Christian Church Youth Group.
Hankins has received multiple academic recognitions while a student at Massac County High School. Among these awards, the most recent include Illinois State Scholar, Massac County Historical Society George W. May Award, DAR Good Citizen Award, District VII DAR Good Citizen Award Winning Essay and President’s Volunteer Service Bronze Award Winner. She has received multiple scholarship opportunities including the following: Austin Peay State University Presidential Scholarship, Austin Peay State University Provost Scholarship, City National Bank CBAI Essay Scholarship, Beta Sigma Phi-Psi Eta Chapter Julie Ann Taylor Memorial Scholarship, Massac County Kiwanis/Rotary Academic Scholarship, Metropolis Elementary School Scholarship, Murray state University Regent’s Scholarship and Stipend Award and Rebecca Loudean Scholarship Award-Metropolis Public Library Assocation.
She will be attending Murray State University in the fall, majoring in nursing, with plans to later pursue post-graduate work and seek a career as a nurse anesthetist.
Farmer is the son of Jayson and Chasidy Farmer of Metropolis.
While attending Massac County High School, Farmer was thoroughly invested in both athletic and academic clubs and teams. He played four years of baseball, three years of basketball and two years of soccer.
In addition to his commitment to MCHS athletics, Farmer was a member of the National Honor Society, treasurer of the Kiwanis Key Club, Math Team and WYSE Team.
He has received multiple academic and athletic recognitions while a student at MCHS. Among these awards, the most recent include Illinois State Scholar, Massac County Athletic Director’s 9+ award and Honor Roll.
Farmer is the recipient of multiple scholarship awards including the Kiwanis/Rotary Academic Scholarship, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Athletic Scholarship for Baseball and Southern Illinois at Carbondale University Academic Excellence Scholarship.
Farmer will extend his athletic career at the collegiate level, committing to play baseball at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in the fall. He plans to major in biomedical science and pursue post-graduate work in the medical field.
Other honor graduates were:
• Caleb Doyle Duckworth, son of Brad and Kristi Duckworth, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, electrical engineering
• Madison Marie Bowlin, daughter of Tom and Lynn Bowlin, Murray State University, biology/pre-medicine
• Sidney Nichole Collins, daughter of Sharon Collins and Terry Collins, Shawnee Community College, psychology
• Michael Graham Lawson, son of Tim and Leslie Lawson, Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, pre-pharmacy
• Justin Thomas Weber, son of Timothy and Becky Weber, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, civil engineering
• Natalie Kathryn Hosman, daughter of Joe and Joni Hosman, Shawnee Community College, undeclared
• Sarah Elisabeth Cruz, daughter of Betty Rogers, University of Tennessee at Martin, business administration.
• Mollie Sierra Fisher, daughter of Jason and Joy Fisher, Shawnee Community College, undeclared
• BriAunna Marlene Lyons, daughter of Jackie and Jacqueline Lyons, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, elementary education.
• Madison Brooke Penrod, daughter of Dustin and April Rhymer, West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah, elementary education.
• Alexis M. McDonald, daughter of Gary and Janet McDonald, Shawnee Community College, veterinary science technician.