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Seniors speak to classmates, family during DHS graduation

Six seniors, three class officers and three selected by the student body, spoke during the De Soto High School graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 21.

Donny Parr, President of the De Soto High School Class of 2011:

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Student Body President Donny Parr speaks to graduation audience by Laura Herring

Beth Reichenberger, Vice-President of the De Soto High School Class of 2011:

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Class of 2011 Vice-President Beth Reichenberger by Laura Herring

Hilary Schmidt, Secretary/Treasurer of the De Soto High School Class of 2011:

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Hannah Jokisch speaks to audience at DHS graduation by Laura Herring

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DHS graduates remember year of highlights

Graduates of the De Soto High School Class of 2011 line up to receive their diplomas during graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 21.

Graduates of the De Soto High School Class of 2011 line up to receive their diplomas during graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 21. by Laura Herring

The 2011 graduating class from De Soto High School had a senior year for the record books, literally. From football to Scholar's Bowl and everything in between, DHS won titles and set records and the graduates will remember it all.

In front of a gymnasium packed with family, faculty and friends, 136 seniors graduated from DHS on Saturday, May 21.

Of those 136, more than a 25 percent spent all 13 years of their primary and secondary education in De Soto schools. Communications Arts teacher Lisa Pelkey, whose son Josh Ryun was among the graduates Saturday, reminded the Class of 2011 not to forget their roots in the De Soto community.

"As you go on to Acts II and III and beyond of your life, don't forget Act I," she said in her speech. "These people are your foundation and it's a strong one, let it be your guide."

In addition to Pelkey's speech, six members of the senior class spoke, as did English teacher Phillip Hamilton and science teacher Scott Sharp.

As the ceremony came to a close, there was an eruption of confetti and even a lone beach ball as the last member of the class of 2011 received her diploma.

"It feels good to be done," said graduate Keith Hoover. "I feel like I've accomplished something and now it's time to move on to the next part of my life."

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Top seniors recognized for perfect GPAs: Part Four

Twenty seniors in the De Soto High School class of 2011 have achieved a 4.0 grade point average and/or have earned a placed in the top 10 percent of the class. Not pictured: Dalton Thompson and Katie McKeirnan.

Twenty seniors in the De Soto High School class of 2011 have achieved a 4.0 grade point average and/or have earned a placed in the top 10 percent of the class. Not pictured: Dalton Thompson and Katie McKeirnan. by Laura Herring

Twenty seniors in the graduating class of De Soto High School have earned a perfect 4.0 GPA and will be recognized at graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 21. Each day this week, the Explorer will highlight these seniors, be sure to check every morning for the next group of seniors. Read parts one, two and three as well.

Emma Tinsley

Emma is the daughter of Ed and Michelle Tinsley. After graduation, she will attend Baker University on an athletic scholarship for golf and plans to study business and sports administration. In addition to her golf scholarship, Emma has received two departmental scholarships and the Presidential Academic Scholarship from Baker. During her time at DHS, Emma was the captain of the golf team, section leader in the band, a Kansas State scholar and a Board of Regents Core Curriculum completer. She also played basketball, ran track, participated in Scholars Bowl and debate and belonged to the National Honor Society and the LITE team.

"I will fondly remember DHS," she said. "I'm grateful for the excellent education that fully prepared me for college and I'll always remember my time spent with friends.

Cora Schimke

Cora is the daughter of Todd and Pamela Schimke. After graduation, she plans to attend Kansas University to study dance and pre-med in preparation to enter the medical field. She has received two dance scholarships from KU. During her time at DHS, Cora was president of the Thespians and the Madrigals and was co-captain of the Diamonds dance team. She also was a member of the National Honor Society and ran track.

"I will remember how friendly the teachers were and all the amazing times I had being a part of the dance team," Cora said.

Lacey Erickson

Lacey is the daughter of Melissa and Joel Erickson. After graduation she will attend the University of Tulsa on an athletic scholarship and plans to study pre-med biology. Lacey has received an athletic scholarship to run track and cross-country for the university and she also received an academic scholarship. During her time at DHS, Lacey ran cross-country and track, in which she set four school records, participated in the school musicals and belong to the Thespians. She was also president of CatPride, secretary of the Madrigals and worship leader for her youth group.

"Ten years from now I will remember all of the blessings I had while I was a student at DHS," she said. "I will remember all the opportunities to accomplish great things and the support of faculty, teachers, teammates and friends."

Jesse Spencer

Jesse is the daughter of Dwight and Kim Spencer. After graduation, she plans to attend Kansas State University, where she will study athletic training before advancing to physical therapy school. She has received the Foundations scholarship and the First in Class scholarship. During her time at DHS, Jesse played basketball and volleyball. She was also president of the National Honor Society, a member of Student Council and the Prom committee.

"I will always remember beating Baldwin on senior night for basketball and car dancing with my friends," she said.

Ryan Scott

Ryan is the son of Ray and Cheryl Scott. After graduation he plans to attend Kansas University to study computer science. He has received the Summerfield scholarship, the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science scholarship, the School of Engineering Dean's scholarship and the SELF Runner-up scholarship. During his time at DHS, Ryan was captain of the state champion Scholars Bowl team, editor-in-chief of The Green Pride, a member of the National Honor Society, an Eagle Scout and a member of the choir.

"I will remember the triumph of winning the state championship for Scholars Bowl alongside my fantastic teammates," he said.

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Top seniors recognized for perfect GPAs: Part Three

Twenty seniors in the graduating class of De Soto High School have earned a perfect 4.0 GPA and will be recognized at graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 21. Each day this week, the Explorer will highlight these seniors, be sure to check every morning for the next group of seniors. Read parts one and two as well.

Brett Williams

Brett is the son of Gary and Patti Williams. After graduation, he plans to attend Pittsburg State University to study mechanical engineering and Spanish. He has received the First in Class, ACT and Compton scholarships and was named a Kansas Honors Scholar. During his time at DHS, Brett played golf for four yeas and was captain his senior year, he also played basketball all four years and ran cross-country.

"Our two league titles, for basketball and golf, will always stand out in my mind," Brett said.

Shelbi Petty

Shelbi is the daughter of Tim and Crystal Petty. After graduation, she plans to attend Baker University on an athletic scholarship and study nursing. In addition to a basketball scholarship, she has received an academic and dean's scholarship from the university. During her time at DHS, Shelbi played basketball and ran track and cross-country. She was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the LITE team, Student Council and the National Honor Society.

"I'll always remember the friendships I built and my sports teams," she said.

Beth Reichenberger

Beth is the daughter of Cheri and Jack Reichenberger. After graduation she will attend Kansas State University, where she will study political science. Beth has received the Robert Dole, Leadership, KSU Legacy and Wabash Cannonball scholarships. During her time at DHS, Beth ran cross-country and track and played basketball. She was vice president of Student Council, the National Honor Society, Cat Pride and of the senior class. She also participated in Youth Court.

"Our senior class was very close, I'll remember that forever," Beth said.

Logan DeGraeve

Logan is the son of Pete and Gina DeGraeve. After graduation, he will attend Baker University on a football scholarship and study business before attending law school one day. In addition to an athletic scholarship, Logan has received an academic scholarship from the university. During his time at DHS, Logan played football, baseball and was a member of the power lifting team. He was also a member of the National Honor Society.

"I'll remember all the sports I played and the time I spent with my teammates," Logan said.

Hayley Brown

Hayley is the daughter of Christina Brown and Vernon Brown. After graduation, she plans to attend Kansas University and study biochemistry. During her time at DHS, Hayley participated in Project SPIP, Youth Court and tutored, as well as played volleyball and softball.

"I hope to remember all the great people who helped and supported me during high school, they helped make me who I am today," she said.

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Top seniors recognized for perfect GPAs: Part Two

Twenty seniors in the De Soto High School class of 2011 have achieved a 4.0 grade point average and/or have earned a placed in the top 10 percent of the class. Not pictured: Dalton Thompson and Katie McKeirnan.

Twenty seniors in the De Soto High School class of 2011 have achieved a 4.0 grade point average and/or have earned a placed in the top 10 percent of the class. Not pictured: Dalton Thompson and Katie McKeirnan. by Laura Herring

Twenty seniors in the graduating class of De Soto High School have earned a perfect 4.0 GPA and will be recognized at graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 21. Each day this week, the Explorer will highlight these seniors, be sure to check every morning for the next group of seniors.

Dalton Thompson

Dalton is the son of Susan and Bill Thompson. After graduation, Dalton plans to attend Coffeyville Community College, where he will play baseball on an athletic scholarship. He plans to major in pre-law and hopes one day to play Division 1 baseball. In addition to his academic scholarship, Dalton has received the Presidential Academic scholarship. During his time at DHS, he has played baseball all four years. He says he will always remember the friends he's made and the teachers he's had along the way.

Parker Williams

Parker is the son of Perry and Shelby Williams. After graduation he plans to attend Kansas State University to study chemical engineering. He has received the First in Class scholarship, Engineering Scholarship and been named a Foundations Scholar by K-State and has received the John Robert Dole Scholarship. During his time at DHS, Parker played baseball and soccer all four years, he was captain of the soccer team his senior year, which went to state. He was also a member of Student Council, the National Honor Society and band.

"I will always remember homecoming from senior year," Parker said. "A bunch of us went to iHop after the dance and I chugged a pint of maple syrup, then got sick."

Katelyn McKeirnan

Katie is the daughter of Bill and Linda McKeirnan. After graduation, she plans to attend Kansas University, where she will study clarinet performance, as well as Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian studies. She has received both a musical and academic scholarship from the university, as well as teh Shooting Stars scholarship. During her time at DHS, Katie was a drum major for the Wildcat marching band, as well as a member of the National Honor Society. She was the principle clarinet in the Kansas City Youth Symphony and a music mentor through DHS.

"I will always remember our (DHS) symphonic band performance at the Kansas Music Educators Association," she said.

Joseph Seidl

Joseph is the son of Bridget and Ed Seidl. After graduation he plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania to study mechanical engineering. He is the recipient of the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association Scholar Athlete award. During his time at DHS, Joseph was a captain on the DHS football team and a member of the Student Council. He was secretary of the National Honor Society and a volunteer in the Shoulder Pads and Paragraphs reading program, as well as a Youth Court volunteer.

"DHS was a great school in the sense that it allowed me to excel both athletically and academically," he said.

Hilary Schmidt

Hilary is the daughter of Steve and Sheryll Schmidt. After graduation, she plans to attend the University of Missouri to major in biological engineering. She has received the Heritage scholarship from MU. During her time at DHS, Hilary played on the volleyball and basketball teams and managed the baseball team. She was a member of the National Honor Society, secretary of the Student Council and secretary of the senior class.

"I will always remember the fun friendships I've made at DHS," she said.

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Top seniors recognized for perfect GPAs

Twenty seniors in the De Soto High School class of 2011 have achieved a 4.0 grade point average and/or have earned a placed in the top 10 percent of the class. Not pictured: Dalton Thompson and Katie McKeirnan.

Twenty seniors in the De Soto High School class of 2011 have achieved a 4.0 grade point average and/or have earned a placed in the top 10 percent of the class. Not pictured: Dalton Thompson and Katie McKeirnan. by Laura Herring

Twenty seniors in the graduating class of De Soto High School have earned a perfect 4.0 GPA and will be recognized at graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 21. Each day this week, the Explorer will highlight these seniors, be sure to check every morning for the next group of seniors.

Ryan Endres

Ryan is the son of Tammy and Greg Endres. After graduation, he plans to attend Kansas University to study aerospace engineering. He has received multiple scholarships, including KU's Presidential scholarship and the Sons of the American Revolution Eagle Scout scholarship. During his time at DHS, Ryan was co-captain of the 2011 Scholar's Bowl team, which won state, was captain of the cross-country team and ran track. He was also a member of the National Honors Society and is an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

"I will remember all my time spent with friends in cross-country and track and our Scholar's Bowl state title," he said.

Kevin Brashears

Kevin is the son of Paul and Jessy Brashears. After graduation, he plans to attend Kansas State University, where he will study either mechanical or civil engineering. He has received the Medallion scholarship and the First in Class guarantee award. During his time at DHS, Kevin played on the golf team, which won the Frontier League championship this year, and in the band all four years and played basketball and ran cross country before that.

Aubrey King

Aubrey is the daughter of Philip and Vickie King. After graduation, she plans to attend Kansas University to study pediatric nursing. She has received the FAS scholarship. During her time at DHS, Aubrey was a cheerleader for two years and participated in two school musicals.

"I will always remember my friends and the teachers I had at DHS," she said.

Hannah Jokisch

Hannah is the daughter of Dave and Linda Jokisch. After graduation, she plans to attend Missouri University of Science and Technology to study chemical engineering and play softball. She has received an athletic scholarship to play softball, as well as the MSP Make a Difference, MST Excellence, Hall Clyde W., Midwest Student Excellence, S&T and Women in Engineering scholarships. During her time at DHS, Hannah was the captain of the Frontier League champion softball team, president of the Student Council and treasurer of the DHS Madrigals. She also ran cross-country and was a member of the DHS Thespians and National Honor Society and performed in the musicals.

"I will remember the outstanding success and achievements [the class of 2011] has reached throughout high school," she said.

Adrian Clarkson

Adrian is the daughter of Jayne and Gary Clarkson. After graduation, she plans to study elementary education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she has received the Chancellor's Scholar award. During her time at DHS, Adrian was a member of the LITE Team and the state champion Scholars Bowl team.

"I will always remember how much I changed and grew from my freshman year to my senior year," she said.

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DHS seniors recognized as governor's scholars

At the invitation of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, two seniors from De Soto High School, Ryan Endres and Ryan Scott, were selected to attend the 28th Annual Governor's Scholars Awards Program May 1 in Topeka.

The program honors the top academic 1 percent of Kansas high school seniors from both accredited public and private schools in the state. It is coordinated by the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force and funded by donations from private sector businesses in Kansas.

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DHS science fair showcases bright minds

Taylor Sharp, 5, helps DHS senior Hilary Schmidt name the fish in her aquaponics project for her biotechnical engineering class. Sharp, the daughter of DHS teacher Scott Sharp, named one fish after herself. The waste from the the fish in the tank is cycled through a series of tubes and fertilizes the tomato plants growing in pebbles above the tank.

Taylor Sharp, 5, helps DHS senior Hilary Schmidt name the fish in her aquaponics project for her biotechnical engineering class. Sharp, the daughter of DHS teacher Scott Sharp, named one fish after herself. The waste from the the fish in the tank is cycled through a series of tubes and fertilizes the tomato plants growing in pebbles above the tank. by Laura Herring

The commons area of De Soto High School was home to a slew of snakes, a pneumatic cannon capable of firing rounds 53 meters and robotic machines capable of sorting colored marbles, all part of the school's annual science fair. Students from all the DHS science classes, as well as a few students from Mize Elementary, showed their hard work to teachers, parents and community members on Wednesday, April 27.

"It's obvious the kids put a lot of hard work into their projects," said attendee Darla Stevens. "They all seem to know what they're talking about, too."

Knowing what they were talking about was no easy task given the caliber of many of the projects. Students in Scott Sharp's Kansas Natural History class spent the evening caring for live snakes and explaining their habits and behaviors to passers-by, even if the students themselves were terrified of snakes themselves just a few months ago.

"I'm definitely a big-city girl so when I walked in this class and saw a snake I flipped out," said senior Olivea Guzicki, who at the beginning of the year moved to De Soto from Reno, Nev. "I've gotten a lot better and now I think Bones (a class snake) is pretty cute."

High school students weren't the only ones impressing those at the fair. Elementary students from Mize Elementary also showcased projects, which were judged by students from DHS.

"These kids are way too smart," said junior Tiffany Adkins. "I don't think I was anywhere near this smart at their age."

"I think it's really brave of them (the elementary kids) to come present to us," said senior Ryan Thies. "I know I couldn't have spoken to a senior when I was in fifth grade, let alone speak so well about something so difficult."

A full photogallery can be viewed here.

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Photo of the Day

Candidates for Prom King and Queen were nominated by the senior class at De Soto High School and will be voted on at the dance on Saturday, April 30. The senior candidates, from left to right, are: Kyle McCulloch and Lacey Erickson; Aaron Follmer and Katie Gorman and Billy Burford and Hilary Schmidt. Photo courtesy of the DHS Green Pride.

Candidates for Prom King and Queen were nominated by the senior class at De Soto High School and will be voted on at the dance on Saturday, April 30. The senior candidates, from left to right, are: Kyle McCulloch and Lacey Erickson; Aaron Follmer and Katie Gorman and Billy Burford and Hilary Schmidt. Photo courtesy of the DHS Green Pride.

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Students and teachers roll up sleeves for DHS blood drive

Members of the De Soto High School Student Council prepare the revitalization station for donors at the StuCo sponsored blood drive at the school on Tuesday, April 26. "I think it's great that StuCo sponsors the blood drive," said senior class representative Jesse Spencer. "We're supposed to be the leaders of the school so this sets a good example."

Members of the De Soto High School Student Council prepare the revitalization station for donors at the StuCo sponsored blood drive at the school on Tuesday, April 26. "I think it's great that StuCo sponsors the blood drive," said senior class representative Jesse Spencer. "We're supposed to be the leaders of the school so this sets a good example." by Laura Herring

The De Soto High School Student Council is sponsoring its fifth-annual blood drive for the Community Blood Center today at the school. From now until 6 p.m., students, teachers and community members can donate a unit of blood to the center.

Just over 70 students and teachers signed up to donate. The goal for units collected this year is 70.

DHS French teacher Cheron Tiffany was the first to donate Tuesday morning.

Tiffany, who has been donating since she was 18, says she was inspired by her father, a frequent donor, and from her own experiences on the other end of donated blood.

"I've had two transfusions in my life and that's something everyone should think about and should encourage them to donate. You never know when the day might come that you'll need blood. I certainly didn't plan on it but it happened," she said.

For the students, donating blood is the opportunity to help another and set a good example.

"I think it's great that StuCo sponsors the blood drive," said senior class representative Jesse Spencer. "We're supposed to be the leaders of the school, so this sets a good example."

Once senior Crystal Wolf gets past the finger prick for the hemoglobin test, it's all downhill from there.

"That prick is the worst part, it hurts more than the big needle," she said. "But it's worth it because I feel like other people can use my blood more than I can."

Walk-in donations are welcome, those interested should enter through the school office to sign in and be directed to the gym. Photo identification is required.

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