A full crowd was on hand for the Chariton High School Commencement Ceremony at the CHS gymnasium Sunday afternoon. A total of 91 graduates were awarded diplomas at the ceremony. Shelby Dobberthein was named the class valedictorian and Micah Thatcher was named the class salutatorian.

Dobberthein is the daughter of Joe and Tina Dobberthein of Chariton. Thatcher is the son of Robert and Trinity Thatcher of Chariton.

Chariton School Board Vice President Kellie Gookin gave the opening welcome. Gookin said afterwards that it was an emotional ceremony for her because her youngest son, Tyler, was one of those graduating.

“You have represented out school with pride and dignity and you also have been great role models for our underclassmen,” Gookin said. “Whatever path you choose to go on after high school, do it with passion whether you choose college, the military or work. Try to be the best you can in whichever field you choose,” Gookin said.

Gookin told the graduates that no job is beneath them. “If you choose to flip burgers, then try to be the best burger flipper you can be,” she said.

Read the May 21, 2019 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.

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