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Friends help Duncans survive graduation trifecta Sunday

May 22, 2003

Commencement can be a busy time for any parent who decides to shower a graduate with parties, honors and gifts. But an active Cat Booster's family recently covered a lot of miles to make the ceremonies of three graduates, thanks to a little help from friends.

Connie Duncan is no stranger to being overwhelmed with the duties of scholastic life. As a six-year veteran and current co-vice president of the De Soto Cat Boosters, she's remained active in the Wildcat support group during two of her children's student days at De Soto High School.

Sunday, she and her husband, Steve -- whom Connie Duncan credited as being a "very understanding" husband in light of her duties with the Cat Boosters --woke at 5 a.m., to drive to Lamoni, Iowa, for the graduation of their two daughters from Graceland University. Duncan said after the ceremony for her daughters, Lisa Tuckfield and Christy McWhirt, the family drove back to De Soto for the gradation of her son, Nick Duncan, from De Soto High School at 3:30 p.m.

"We got in the vehicle as soon as it was over, around 12:45 p.m., and we headed back to De Soto," she said. "We got back around 3 p.m."

Duncan said some help from relatives who saved seats for them at commencement, plus the help of friend Sandy Cannell, who prepared the Duncans home for the post-graduation party, made it possible to pull off the feat of making two graduations across three states.

"I've had lots of help from lots of people in the community. That's been great," she said. "I had everything taken care of. I have a lot of good friends."

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