MHS celebrates Class of 2019
McCOOK, Neb. — McCook High School alum, educator and supporter of the school Albert Cuellar received special recognition at Sunday’s graduation ceremonies.
Presenting a special award from the McCook Education Association, Kim Korgan noted that Cuellar, a 1956 MHS graduate, was a teacher and coach for 38 years, student council sponsor, Bison alumni newsletter assistant editor, member of the Nebraska Mesican-American Commission, member of the MHS Wall of Fame, and as president of the McCook Education Foundation, helped with projects such as purchasing new band uniforms, providing $24,000 to the backpack program and, since 1993, $200,000 in scholarships.
Receiving the Bison Award as the male and femal students who “best exemplify the traits of school citizenship, loyalty, service and the ability to promote a positive rapport within the school setting,” were Bailey Wiese and Morgan Fawver.
Superintendent Grant Norgaard called students in the Class of 2019 “strong leaders who have developed deep relationships” and called on them to maintain those relationships with their class members as well as the community of McCook.
Student speaker Gabe Sehnert noted it was time to say goodbye to halls, classrooms that played such an important part in education, and quipped it was time to turn to “Google to learn how to balance a check book.”
Female speaker Jayden Claflin cited the chance to learn to perform under pressure, crediting teachers, administration and the community, noting she her class would provide something to “tell stories about for the rest of my life.”
Principal Jeff Gross joined MHS Faculty Leadership Council members Robin Henrichs and Joel Arterburn in honoring nine students who achieved straight-A, 4.0 grades throughout their high school careers.
They are Alexis Carney, Robin Grigg, Mackenzie Larson, Connor Moorhouse, Gabriel Sehnert, Mackenzie Smith, Rose Marie Stoney, Mollie Tate and Rebecca Tietz.
“These nine students achieved this while taking advanced-level classes and they challenged themselves throughout their high school career with critical thinking and developing a deep understanding of the information presented to them,” Gross said.
Recognized for maintaining a 3.0-3.49 averages:
Recognized for 3.5 or higher were:
ROSE MARIE STONEY