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Oak Ridge celebrates Class of 2019’s graduation

Oak Ridge High School celebrated the 32 students graduating as part of the Class of 2019. The ceremony took place on Friday, May 17, in the high school gymnasium.

Superintendent Dr. Adrian Eftink said this class was a group of “do-ers” and said it was a privilege to see them grow.

Diana Roethemeyer, who taught several of the students as an elementary teacher, gave the commencement address. Roethemeyer advised the graduates to view challenges as opportunities, be persistent and be present in the moment.

Connor Bock was named valedictorian and Taylor Seyer was named salutatorian.

Bock talked about growing up with the support of the Oak Ridge community, and taking a fresh start after graduation. He advised to not let society drown out your voice and to stay true to your moral values.

Seyer spoke about two of the hardest things to say – hello for the first time and good-bye for the last time. She spoke about them meeting each other in preschool, and spending one last time together as a group at graduation.

Both thanked their family, friends and teachers for helping them get this far in their lives.

Several awards and scholarships were presented to graduates during the ceremony.

Two students, Mark Johnson and Trevor Bock, were recognized for going into military service after graduating.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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