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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Hannibal superintendent: Graduation will go on

  • Normally it’s the electricity that slices through the sky that threatens Hannibal High School’s outdoor graduation ceremony. This year, it’s the electricity that typically flows through power lines to Porter Stadium that has Superintendent Jill Janes making alternate plans.
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  • Normally it’s the electricity that slices through the sky that threatens Hannibal High School’s outdoor graduation ceremony. This year, it’s the electricity that typically flows through power lines to Porter Stadium that has Superintendent Jill Janes making alternate plans.
    As of Wednesday, the high school campus was still without electricity, following Monday’s severe weather. And while Janes is hopeful the Board of Public Works will have service restored before 7 p.m. Thursday, when the graduates are slated to begin marching in, she’s got other options in mind to ensure that graduation goes on as scheduled.
    “I have faith in our city to do everything they can to ensure there is electricity. If not we’ll go to the contingency plan of generators,” she said. “As of right now what I’m hearing from the BPW is that they’re working very hard to get us up and going.”
    According to Cindy Livesay of the BPW, the hope was to have power back on along McMaster’s Avenue some time Wednesday evening.
    “But that’s no guarantee because we’ve been running into problems all along,” she said. “We’re hoping with fingers crossed to have that on this evening.”
    Another of the city’s substations - Indian Mounds - went back on line. The substations in Oakwood and on the South Side were re-energized early Tuesday.
    “Our priority now is Ford Street (substation),” said Livesay.
     
    Big class
     
    According to Principal Ryan Sharkey, the class of 2013 features 239 graduates, 58 of whom picked up their diploma at mid-term.
    “It’s a pretty big class,” he said.
    Thursday will mark Sharkey’s final graduation as HHS principal. He has already announced he is retiring.
    “It’s my last hurrah. This is one of those great pleasures of mine as principal of the high school, so I have a little mixed emotion. Hopefully I’ll hold it together because I’m kind of a tearing and emotional old fool at times, and I’m close to a lot of these kids so it might be a little tough for me, but I’ll get through it,” said Sharkey.
    The Porter Stadium gates will open at 5 p.m. The program will start at 7 p.m.
    “We’re going to pull it off. Don’t guarantee it, that’s my optimism,” Sharkey chuckled. “We’re going to have graduation on a lovely evening in Porter Stadium.”
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