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Saxony Lutheran High School graduates 59 in Class of 2019

Saxony Lutheran High School’s Class of 2019 graduated on Sunday, surrounded by family, friends, teachers and fellow classmates.

The 59 graduates had a average composite ACT score of 22.9, nearly three points higher than the state average.

In addition, 40 of the students earned a combined 404 college credit hours in 126 courses.

Samuel Elfrink, Luke Richmond, Faith Boettcher, Olivia Voelker, Christopher Palmer, Etty Soto and Katie Benkendorf were named co-valedictorians, all having had straight As throughout their high school career.

The valedictorians spoke about their high school experience, comparing it to a relay race. They spoke about the beginning and end of the journey, the encouragement they have received, the challenges they’ve faced and staying on the path.

Retiring faculty member Larry Cleair gave the commencement address, telling the graduating class to share the gospel and channel Jesus in their actions.

Over 85% of the class is going to attend a two or four-year college or university. Seven students will be entering the work force and six will be entering the military immediately after graduation.

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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