Thursday was a special day for Hannibal High School senior, Dalton Powell. Not only was he graduating from HHS, he was also celebrating his 18th birthday.
“It’s going to be a special day, that’s all I know,” he said with a smile.
Powell wasn’t expecting his parents, Darin and Debbie, to go out of their way to make the day even more memorable.
“They’ve done a lot for me and I appreciate it. I don’t want too much. They’ve given me a lot,” he said.
Thursday was filled with anticipation for other seniors as well.
“It’s the next big step in life. It’s time to start growing up and moving on in life and starting a career,” said Justin Price, who will be attending Moberly Area Community College (MACC) in pursuit of an associate’s degree in business management.
“I feel a little antsy, but I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time. I’m pretty excited about it,” said Caleb Bieniek, who will attend Lindenwood University in the fall.
“I’m scared and excited all at the same time. It’s ending a part of my life and beginning a new part,” said Lauren Ihms, who will be enrolling at MACC.
“It’s really exciting. I can’t wait for it to be over and starting a new chapter in my life,” said Joseph Frye, whose plans are to initially go to John Wood Community College as he pursues a degree in physics.
“I’m really excited to be graduating with my class. We’ve had four years together and now we’re going to finish it off. It will be a nice thing,” said Laura Meidl, who is bound for the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
“I’m excited,” said Ashley Cummins, class president, who will be found at St. Louis University in the fall. “I’m ready to graduate and experience new things. This is a big step for all of us.”
With high school now in their rearview mirror, most seniors indicated they will miss their friends most.
“I’ll probably lose touch with a lot of people I hung out with in school. It’s always a shame to lose touch, but it happens. I’ll probably miss my friends the most,” said Bieniek.
Responses varied regarding what they will miss the least.
“Homework, probably. I don’t like homework, but everybody has it,” said Ihms.
Page 2 of 2 - “The cafeteria food and all the chicken we had to eat,” said Frye.
Because of Monday’s storm, some graduates admitted having concern over Thursday’s graduation program. But not one senior.
“My mom works for the BPW. I know she’ll have everything up and running for us tonight,” said Price.