The Hannibal High School class of 2019 will receive diplomas Thursday, May 16, after the senior banquet Friday, May 10, at the Rialto Banquet Hall.
The banquet is traditionally served during a cruise on the Mark Twain Riverboat, but with the Mississippi River's flood stage preventing this, the boat crew instead served its usual banquet at the Rialto. Mark Twain Riverboat owner Steve Terry told the graduates he could schedule their cruise later. He planned to resume his cruises soon, possibly Monday, May 13.
After sharing their dinner, the senior class officers honored their classmates with superlative award certificates. Class officers are President Jonathan Zielinski, Vice President Riley Stevenson, Secretary Elise Baumann and Treasurer Makenzie Prenger.
Also attending the senior banquet were school administrators and members of the Hannibal Board of Education.
Later several classmates displayed their musical talent on instruments and/or vocally.
The class members were given an opportunity to name a favorite teacher and/or favorite HHS memory. Among teachers and memories shared were:
Victoria Bower's favorite memory was “with Miss Waddell singing along to the Jonas Brothers.”
Hannah Nichols said a favorite memory was when “a teacher connected with students, going out of their way to help them out.”
Kathryn Morrell also shared her favorite high school memory, “when we would beat Helias in football.”
Meghan Malone said “My favorite memory with Ms. Graves is eating Olive Garden.”
The superlatives were:
Best laugh – Abi DeLaPorte and Jonathon Zielinski
Couple that never was – Hannah Nichols and Evan Flaspohler
Most accident prone – Chloe Mitchell and Nick Tompkins
Biggest overachiever – Mackenzie Prenger and John Maune
Most likely to be caught sleeping in class – Haley Ballenger and Bradley McCollum
Most photogenic – Riley Stevenson and Colton Andrews
Biggest ego – Madison Person and Will Whitaker
Most likely to live in Hannibal all their lives – Kadie Stroud and Chad Otten
Most likely to leave Hannibal and never come back – Abbie Stoll and Tyler Stevenson
Most likely to get mad if they didn't get a superlative – Hannah Nichols and Cedric Singleton
Most opinionated – Josie Zeiger and Jordan Schafer
Best sportsmanship – Maddie Janes and Chase Kirby
Most friendly – Elise Baumann and Danny Colborn
See photo gallery for more pictures of the Class of 2019.