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Chester High School recognizes 50 seniors at all-school rally

  • Fifty CHS seniors are recognized by their school for making ambitious plans for their futures after high school.

    Fifty CHS seniors are recognized by their school for making ambitious plans for their futures after high school.
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  • Five CHS seniors who have committed to attend trade or technical schools, are, from left: Kaylee James, nursing at Beck School of Practical Nursing; Dayton James, HVAC at Ranken; Devin Straight, welding at Ranken; Tristin Hobeck, Southeast Lineman Training Center; and Nicholas Meyer, Southeast Lineman Training Center.

    Five CHS seniors who have committed to attend trade or technical schools, are, from left: Kaylee James, nursing at Beck School of Practical Nursing; Dayton James, HVAC at Ranken; Devin Straight, welding at Ranken; Tristin Hobeck, Southeast Lineman Training Center; and Nicholas Meyer, Southeast Lineman Training Center.
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  • Seniors Makayla Murray, left, and Jadi Richards plan to enter the workforce immediately following graduation May 19.

    Seniors Makayla Murray, left, and Jadi Richards plan to enter the workforce immediately following graduation May 19.
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BY JIM BEERS
Contributing writer
updated: 5/1/2019 10:17 AM

Chester High School celebrated the 50 seniors who have committed to continuing their education on April 24, at the "Reach Higher" College Signing Day.

"A lot of media attention is focused on promising athletes when they select the college of their choice, and that is well-deserved," said Adam Guebert, CHS guidance counselor. "Here at CHS, we want every student to receive just as much attention and have the same feeling of importance so they too can feel special about one of the biggest decisions they will ever have to make."

College Signing Day has been an annual event at CHS for several years. This year Guebert went further. recognizing each CHS senior for the choice he or her has made, be it the armed forces, workforce, or postsecondary education at a university, college or trade school.

CHS Principal Missy Meyer said CHS has many reasons to celebrate.

"Whether we want to discuss academics, music, sports, or theater, Chester High School has always found a way to shine," she said. "The Class of 2019 is a perfect example of this as our students have worked hard over the past four years through changes and challenges, both positive and some negative. They have always managed to follow and achieve whatever dreams they have for themselves."

The CHS Class of 2019 has seven students entering the workforce upon graduation and five will go to trade or technical school. The remaining 38 seniors will go to either a two-year or four-year college.

To end the event Meyer read a poem:

Behind you are all of your memories

Before you are all of your dreams

Around you are all who love you

And within you is all you need.

Students entering the workforce

Seth Adams: McDonald's

Mason Carnahan: West Star Aviation

Jacob Crabtree: Joe's Pizza

Anthony Glaser: Car Dealership (SKILLS Leadership Participant, 17th place)

Sylvester Morse: Undecided

Makayla Murray: Department of Corrections

Jadi Richards: Continuing in her current position

Trade or technical school

Kaylee James: Beck School of Practical Nursing

Dayton James: Ranken HVAC Program

Devin Straight: Ranken Welding Program

Tristin Hobeck: Southeast Lineman Training Center

Nicholas Meyer: Southeast Lineman Training Center

Southwestern Illinois College

Haley Asbury: Psychology

Abbey Bauer: Nursing

Kristin Breeden: Childcare

Kathryn Dickneite: Education

Trisha Donachy: Photography

Brooke Frazer: Music

Vanessa Inman: Baking & Pastry

Cailyn Lawson: Zoology

Logan Mitchell: Law Enforcement

Kambri Moffitt: Nursing

Hunter Munie: Welding Technology

Jessica Penford: Undecided

Shea Petrowske: Speech-Language Pathology

Cody Wahl: Law Enforcement

Breanna Walker: Business

SIU-C

Jacob Cushman: Electrical Engineering

Emma Draves: Civil Engineering

Kamryn Wingerter: Mortuary Science

SIU-E

Eric Cowell: Criminal Justice

Kaleb Hughes: Pre-Med

Sylena Martin: Speech Pathology

Jacob O'Riley: Computer Science

Southeast Missouri University (SEMO)

Cara Childs: Communications Disorders

Stevie Gilbert: Medical Laboratory Science

Owen Korando: Mass Communications

Lauren Leathers: Nursing

Chloe Shook: Animal Science/Zoology

Colin Wingerter: Physical Therapy

Other universities

Chase Colvis: Undecided at McKendree University

Caitlin Elsea: Health Information Management at Missouri Western State University

Caitlin Roberts: Criminal Justice at Missouri Western State University

Allexiyah Price: Vet Assistant at Rend Lake College

Keith Kiner III: Business Management at Kaskaskia College

Carlee Weir: Communication Disorders at Murray State University

Elizabeth Soellner: Biological Science at University of Georgia

Lauren Welge: Psychology at University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)

Drake Bollman: Criminal Justice at John A. Logan College

Jacob Wingerter: Marketing at University of Illinois (U of I).