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  • Featuring: Reagan Beims

    Senior Reagan Beims stayed busy with all her activities that she has participated in this year including:  FFA, basketball, football cheer, wrestling cheer, and track. 

    “As a member of FFA she is active and willing to do work hard for things that are important to her. As an officer she pushes others and puts the organization and the goals as the priority when there are disagreements or problems. She is a natural leader,” said Tiffany Poet, FFA adviser. 

    Beims plans on attending KU and studying pre-med biology and hopes one day to be a general practitioner. 

    “I’d describe Reagan as funny, smart, and very strong minded. She puts everything she has into something she wants,” said Junior Lindsey Johnson. 

    Beims’s role models are her aunts Jaylene and Jennifer.

    “They both roll with the punches and are raising an amazing family. They are very strong and independent.” 

    During the summer, Reagan worked at the pool. “She always does her best at her job and makes the days go by much faster,” said Johnson. 

    Some advice Poet gave to Beims is to play well with others and keep her goals challenging. “Never give up on yourself and don’t be afraid to stand alone when others are scared to be different,” Poet said.

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  • Featuring: Jylian Laten

    This self-taught, musically-gifted student loves to play her ukulele and trumpet and take pictures in her spare time.  Jylian Laten accomplishes a lot because of her motivation. 

    “When I set any goal I intend to reach it no matter what, and my parents and the rest of my family push me to work hard to make that goal a reality,” said Laten. 

    Laten has big goals for her future including attending Colby Community College to become a dental hygienist. “When I was little, every time I had my teeth checked I was so excited to learn what all was going on in my mouth,” Laten said. “My uncle is a dentist and he has inspired me to be in the dental field.”

    Laten is the oldest sibling in the family with two younger brothers. “I think being the oldest you learn to respect and not to take things for granted,” Laten said.

    Senior Reagan Beims said Laten has been her best friend since second grade and thinks of her as a sister. 

    “She doesn’t let people run her or force her to change to fit their group. She is strong-willed and so creative. I can always count on her to have my back, too,” said Beims.

    Emileigh Dinkel said, “She is really funny, and she always laughs at herself when she does something,” Dinkel said. “There is never a dull moment.”

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    Featuring: Matthisen Witzel

    Senior Matthisen Witzel said some of her hobbies include working with animals, hanging out with her family and working with little kids. Witzel said one of her favorite hobbies is going on mission trips. She said mission trips have had a lot of impact on her life in a very positive way. Witzel said she really enjoys telling people about the Gospel and seeing the impact it has on their lives. 

    Witzel said Jesus is her biggest influence. “I try to honor Him in everything I do, whether it be school or my outside of school activities,” Witzel said she gives credit to Him for where she is at today. 

    For the past two years Matthisen has been a kindergarten aide for Saint Francis Kindergarten Teacher Lori Rieger. “She has become a part of our classroom and we love her,” Rieger said she hopes that Matthisen’s passion in teaching leads her to her own classroom someday. Rieger said she knows Witzel will make a wonderful teacher. 

    Steve Jenkins, history teacher, said he hopes to see Matthisen earn success in her years ahead. 

    Sophomore Cassidy Busse said, “Matthisen is the kind of person who truly wants the best for everyone. She is someone who I look up to and I am so excited to see where life takes her.” 

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    Students Recognized for Citizenship

    At the high school awards assembly on Wednesday, May 9, students were recognized for many achievements. The most prestigious of the awards given during the awards assembly are the citizenship awards. Four seniors, Hanna Bracelin, Tate Busse, Luin Norris, and Nick Paulsen were selected as recipients of the 2018 citizenship awards.


    Hannah Bracelin was selected as the senior female recipient. Tate Busse was selected as the male recipient. Both will receive a $1000 scholarship award from the St. Francis Education Foundation. Two other recipients, Luin Norris and Nick Paulsen, will each receive $500 scholarships from the St. Francis Educational Foundation as recipients of the Dale Dennis Citizenship Award for 2018.


    Congratulations to Hannah, Tate, Luin, and Nick for being outstanding citizens.

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  • Class Officers Elected

    Class officers for the 2018-2019 school years have been elected. The class officers are listed below.

    Senior Class Officers
    President:  Jordan Raby
    Vice-President:  K.C. Krien
    Secretary/Treasurer:  Jessica Confer

    Junior Class Officers
    President:  Cassidy Busse
    Vice-President:  Brady Dinkel
    Secretary/Treasurer:  Karly Bandel

    Sophomore Class Officers
    President:  Garin Cooper
    Vice-President:  Adam Krien
    Secretary/Treasurer:  Emma Johnson

    Freshman Class Officers
    President:  Hadleigh Hilt
    Vice-President:  Jordyn Faulkender
    Secretary/Treasurer:  McKenna Poling

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    Twenty-three Receive Diplomas

    The 2018 St. Francis High School Commencement Ceremony was held on Sunday, May 13. Twenty-three proud graduates received their diplomas and were awarded scholarships at the commencement exercises. Scholarships awarded totaled more than $220,000. The program began with a slide show prepared by Madison Tice. The graduates entered the gymnasium as the Concert Band, under the direction of Talley Morrow, played the processional. Matthisen Witzel gave the invocation and welcome. Veterans, both past and present, were recognized; and the National Anthem was played.

    Mr. Bill Keller, 1968 SFCHS graduate and CEO of Stanion Electric, gave the alumni message. The seniors presented flowers to their parents while the song "Five More Minutes" by Scotty McCreery was played. Emileigh Dinkel then gave the senior farewell, and Madison Tice the senior talk. The 2018 class was escorted by the Honor Guard consisting of juniors Jessica Confer, Lauren Johnson, Joslyn Ketzner, Teagan Landenberger, Echoe Lennox and Shaylyn Zweygardt.

    Scholarships were presented by Mr. David Morrow, high school principal, and Steve Jenkins, senior class sponsor. Diplomas were presented by David Morrow, Troy Hilt (board member), and Chris Bracelin (board member). The benediction was delivered by Matthisen Witzel.

    Seniors receiving their diplomas included:  Martin Beikman, Reagan Beims *H, Hanna Bracelin *H, Tate Busse *H, Coy De Waal, Emileigh Dinkel, Trayton Doyle, Jake Faulkender, Wyatt Hackler, Tressa LaBarge, Luke Lampe*H *K, Jylian Laten, Mallery Mills, Luin Norris, Nikolai Paulsen, Janeth Perez-Medina, Dennis Potter, Chad Sherman, Dalton Straub, Zoe Sundstrom *H, Madison TIce *H, Blake Utsler, and Matthisen Witzel *H *K.

    *H indicates with honors - top 33% of class
    *K indicates Kansas Scholars Curriculum

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    Junior High Students Recognized For Citizenship

    Many awards were distributed at the Junior High Awards Assembly on Monday evening, May 7. The most prestigious of the awards given were the citizenship awards. Each year the State of Kansas gives a citizenship award to one 8th grade girl and one 8th grade boy. St. Francis Community Schools also selects two more recipients for citizenship awards. The awards are determined by a vote of the junior high faculty and staff.  

    Receiving the two local citizenship awards for girls were McKenna Poling and Mia Morrow. Boys selected for the awards were Cutter Neitzel and Ben Nelson. Receiving the highly prestigious Kansas State Awards were Hadleigh Hilt and Shannon Rethke.


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