Graduation ceremonies today for three area high schools
May 16, 2004

Commencement exercises will be held today at St. Paul High School, Girard High School and Northeast High School.

The details of the commencement ceremonies include:

Commencement exercises for the 73 graduating seniors of the Girard High School Class of 2004 is scheduled for 3 p.m. today in the Ted R. Taylor Gymnasium.

The graduating class selected Courtney Bolejack and Vincent Hofer to represent them as speakers during the ceremony.

Bolejack, the daughter of Mark and Rita Bolejack of Girard, served as president of her class the last three years. Along with being involved with a number of clubs and organizations, she was on the Principal's Honor Roll and High Honor Roll and has received honors from Who's Who and academic scholarships from Southwestern College and Kansas Wesleyan University. She plans to continue her education at a four-year college, majoring in psychology, and then attend medical school.

Hofer is the son of Chris and Nancy Hofer of Franklin. During high school he was active in many activities, especially in FFA where he held various offices, including chapter president. He was also selected as Master Ritual President of the Southeast District. Hofer was named a Kansas State Scholar, a KU Honor student, a Phi Kappa Phi Honoree, and a Kansas State University Leadership Scholar. He was a two-year member of NHS, was on the High Honor Roll throughout high school, and has received a National FFA Scholarship. After graduation he plans to attend Kansas State University to major in agribusiness.

Graduation will begin with the procession of the graduates into the gym to "Pomp and Circumstance" which will be played by the GHS Band.

Following this, the GHS Concert Choir and Choralation, led by James Beltz and John Womeldorff, will sing "You Raise Me Up," arranged by Roger Emerson. The GHS Band, directed by Willey Abati, will then play "Circle of Life," arranged by Michael Sweeney.

Following the presentations by the 2004 commencement speakers, Superintendent Gary Snawder will give the class charge, USD 248 Board of Education President Tony Stark will give the response, Principal Blaise Bauer will present the class for receipt of diplomas, and Mr. Stark will present the diplomas.

Baccalaureate services, sponsored by the Girard Ministerial Alliance, will be held in Shireman Auditorium at 1:30 p.m. on May 16.

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