MHS celebrates Class of 2019

Monday, May 13, 2019
McCook High School Class of 2019 members walk into the Graff Events Center while Pomp and Circumstance plays Sunday.
Bruce Crosby/McCook Gazette

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.

Baily Wiese and Morgan Fawver receive the “Bison Award”
Bruce Crosby/McCook Gazette

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.”

Albert Cuellar accepts a special award for his contributions to many important parts of the school over the years.
Bruce Crosby/McCook Gazette

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:

CADEN BORTNER

WADE BURKERT

SANDRA CARPENTER

JARED COLE

MADISON COOPER

HUNTER CUNNINGHAM

SETH DUGGER

CAIGE EATON

COLIN GIRON

RILEY HANSEN

TYLER LYTLE

DEVON MEIXNER

JAMES MOCKRY

SIERRA PAULSON

IAN REYNOLDS

STEVEN ROBERTS

BREANNA SEYBOLD

BRIA SIMMONDS

SYD WIRE

RYAN WILSON

ALEXANDER WOLVIN

Recognized for 3.5 or higher were:

MORGAN ARNOLD

WILLIAM BENNETT

KERISSA BOYD

BAILEY BROWN

ALEC BUNGER

ALEXIS CARNEY

KEARSTIN COLLICOTT

MAKENNA COOPER

DEANNE CROCKER

JAXSON DUELAND

MORGAN FAWVER

MELINDA GILLISPIE

JOEL GRAY

ROBIN GRIGG

DJ GROSS

CADY HAVLICEK

ISAAC HEGWOOD

SKYLA HENNING

MACY HILL

DELANEY JUMPS

KYLE KINNE

ADRIENNE LABAY

MACKENZIE LARSON

EMILY LAURIE

RILEY MAI

KASSIDY MICHAELIS

CELIE MOORE

CONNOR MOORHOUS

ZOEY MORRIS

SPENCER REINERS

BRITTANY RIEMANN

LAUREL SCHMIDT

GABRIEL SEHNERT

MACKENZIE SMITH

ROSE MARIE STONEY

MOLLIE TATE

PAXTON TERRY

REBECCA TIETZ

BAILY WIESE

NICHOLAS WOLVIN

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