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Washington County area graduations approaching

Graduation season is beginning soon in Washington County with two graduations on Sunday, May 19, and three others on Sunday, May 26.

Washington High School

The Washington High School class of 2019 consists of 144 students who will graduate on Sunday, May 26, at 1:30 p.m., in the high school varsity gym. Three students have been selected to speak as well as Superintendent Willie Stone.

Highland Community High School

On Sunday, May 19, at 2:30 p.m., 50 students will graduate in the school gym. Five valedictorians and the one salutatorian will speak as well as Derek Ball, school guidance counselor. Students with red chord hours will be recognized, a senior slideshow will be played and seniors will walk in to their class song, “Don’t Blink” by Kenney Chesney.

Iowa Mennonite School

Twenty-two students will graduate from Iowa Mennonite School on Sunday, May 26, at 6 p.m. The graduation ceremony will be held in celebration hall at the school with two students speaking and Jewel Gingerich Longenecker delivering the keynote address.

Gingerich Longenecker is an IMS alumni and current Dean of Lifelong Learning at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, IN. During the ceremony, the valedictorian and salutatorian will be announced, students with scholarships will be recognized and diplomas will be handed out. Both the IMS choir and band will play as well.

Keota High School

Keota High School will graduate 20 students on Sunday, May 19, at 1:30 p.m. in the school gym. Senior Lauren Imhoff will deliver a speech and the band and choir will play during the ceremony. Their class flower is a yellow tulip, the class colors are purple and black and the class song is “Who says you can’t go home,” by Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles.

Mid-Prairie High School

Seventy students will graduate from Mid-Prairie High School on Sunday, May 26, at 1:30 p.m. in the school gym. Speeches will be given by student leadership team members Sophia Norman and Cassidy Rourke. Superintendent Mark Schneider and high school principal Jay Strickland will speak as the band and choir also play.