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2018 Seniors Break the Bank

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Congratulations to the Clarke High School Class of 2018!

Last Day of School

This year's senior class attended its last day of school on Thursday, May 17th. The day began at 9:00 a.m. with graduation practice and was followed by their last class picture at 10:00. (Photos may be purchased from Chris’ Photography.) Then the Class of 2018 took their last school bus ride to Clarke Elementary School where they were greeted by hundreds of students lining the halls and handing out high fives and smiles. Seniors took their last walk through the building while “Pomp and Circumstance” played over the speaker system. At the end of the walk the Class of 2018 met the Class of 2030 (kindergarten) in the old gym and a group photo was taken. Finally, the Class of 2018 returned to Clarke Middle/High School for their last walk through. “Pomp and Circumstance” again played while the secondary students cheered the Class on as they passed through the halls.



Graduation was celebrated on Sunday, May 20th at 2:00 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Ninety-one students received a diploma during the 50 minute ceremony. The graduation ceremony video may be viewed on The Clarke Community Schools Facebook page.

Each graduate has exciting post-secondary plans; forty-one students will attend a two-year or vocational school; twenty students will attend a four-year school; nineteen students will join the workforce; five students will enlist in the military; and six students are undecided where or if they will pursue post-secondary training. Please view the Class of 2018: Future Plans slide show for more information.


Senior Awards Night Highlights

Senior Awards Night was held on Wednesday, May 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. A reported $565,541 in scholarships were presented from various organizations, businesses, and post-secondary institutions at the event. Dollars for Scholars presented (25) $475 scholarships. A complete list of scholarships, awards, and recipients may be viewed here.

Six students earned the distinguished Silver Cord Award for having accumulated at least 200 volunteer service hours during high school. They were presented with a silver cord that was worn during the graduation ceremony. Those students were Andrew Barnard, Hayley Gilbert, Haley Pollard, Hannah Pollard, Sydney Sickels, and Zachary Smith. Several students were also recognized as Donors of Distinction for their blood drive donations. They were presented with red cords that were worn during the graduation ceremony. Those students were Houston Archer, Brittany Beckett, Jesus Corrales, Riley Elben, Savannah Gilbert, Alexis Grown, Nick Hadley, Andy Hurtado, Timber Kent, Taylor-Dawn Miler, Shailee Patel, Nathan Porter, Kalliann Van Gundy, and Ashton Watson.

The following awards were presented on Senior Awards Night.

Iowa State Bar Association American Citizenship Award - Parker Smith

Better Business Bureau Student of Integrity - Sydney Sickels

DAR Good Citizen Award - Kacie Shieler

U.S. Marine Corp Awards:

    Scholastic Excellence Award - Marshall Curnes

    Semper Fidelis Award - Remington Cook

    Distinguished Athlete Award - Coraima Corona & Nick McVey

Governor’s Scholar Recognition Program - Parker Smith

Des Moines Register Academic All-Star Team - Chynna Beydler

The Bernie Saggau Award - Byron Rivera

E. Wayne Cooley Award - Chynna Beydler