Hannibal native Larry Thompson, whose law career included serving as U.S. deputy attorney general from 2001 to 2003 under President George W. Bush, returned to Hannibal to share his experiences with the Hannibal High School Class of 2019 during graduation. A 1963 HHS graduate, Thompson has continued his law career for 45 years.
He told the 2019 graduates he had learned three things are important: No limitations, possibilities and community.
Naming early influences in his life, he listed his parents, neighborhood, church, Douglass School, Hannibal High School and the Hannibal community. Thompson said like Sam Clemens, he changed his mind about careers after leaving Hannibal, and did not have a clue about where his life would take him as a Culver-Stockton College freshman.
He learned that a person need have no career limitations. He also challenged the class to be prepared to take advantage of luck. Calling HHS a nurturing place, he said when he was a student, despite the chaos in the country - with Dr. Martin Luther King giving his famous speeches, - this "was no match for the good that came from this community."
Thompson said like Mark Twain, he never forgot where he came from, and he advised the classmates to keep their friendships and be proud to come from Hannibal.
Before his speech, Superintendent of Schools Susan Johnson recognized the many people involved in educating local students. She told the graduates they will remember, and "You will be a better person because of the faith they had in you."
Johnson encouraged the graduates to "live a life that makes you, your parents and teachers proud. Be courageous, stand up for what is right, be kind and respectful and stay true to yourself and your commitments."
Two graduates, Levi Goodin and Makenzie Prenger, also spoke, sharing their HHS memories, before the diplomas were awarded.
The graduates are:
Darrian RochelleAdair,*AdamLakeAlbright,Hallie FayAltheide,*Christian HunterAltice,*Keshod RemontAnderson,Colton PatrickAndrews,Haley ReneeBallinger,Keri MarieBareis, Dylan Michael Barr,Elise CarolineBaumann,AdamMichaelBaxter,HannahEkaterinaBean,Jacob EugeneBegley,Danielle GraceBehl, Hunter Marie JeanBergheger,Autumn MarieBigsby, WilliamStevenTylerBillings,*Gabriella ElizabethBlackorby,Micah Christopher Blaine,Evangelynn JoyBlaylock,*Caleb Russell LeeBowen,Victoria KatherineBowen,Wesley JayBowen, Carlee Grace MarieBradford,*Michaela RoseBramblett ,Tanner GageBranham, Kathleen Elizibeth Rose Brothers,*Alexis MichelleBrown, Gabriel MitchellBrummell, Alexander JamesBufford.
Jacob Brian Caldwell,Bethany LeeAnnCapp,Skylynn ReneeCarter,*Dalton WadeCheadle,*Haley ElizabethCheadle,Melody LouiseChristal,*Warrick SethCobb,Daniel GlenColborn,Jacob LeeConley, Logan WayneConrad,*Laci ElizabethCook,Nataly YudsaraCorredor,Holly AutumnCrim,Ronald GabrielCulp,Skylar NicoleCurless,Gretchen SimoneDamotte, Dempsiy DawyaneDaughtery, Chasity AlisseDavis, Shyanne MarieDavis,*Isaac AllenDay, Rene' Abigail DeLaPorte, Ryan LeeDeloney, Seth PaytonDeters,*Kaylee Jose' Dissel,Brenton RayDonovan,*JoshuaAlanDrennan,Sarah GraceDrennan.
Cheyane DakotaEberle, Abigail MarieEchternacht,*Colton RaymondElledge,*Brian JakeEllis, Jason Andrew ColeEmerson, Colin JosephEstes,* Aaron ChristopherEvans,Noah ToddEvans,
Diamond Esko DequanFernando,*Raymond JosephFerreira,*Evan MichaelFlaspohler, Rania Maey Flynn,*Memphis BryarFolweiler,Lillie GraceFord, Kalen ThomasFranklin, Gavin R.Frantz,
Ethan LeviFreeman,*Denasia Renee MaryFrench,Payton McKenzieFrick,James RobertFritch,
John LewisFritch,Rebecca LynnGarrison,Angel MorganGates,Heaven LeighGates,*
Shaun Elee KennedyGauch, Jermale DureeceGavin,Cambrie AnnGendregske, LeviNicholasGoodin,Destiny MarqueGrunsted.
Haley JadeHamlin,*Madison RachelHarlan,*Colton AdamHartwig,*AndyWayneHattonJr.,
Vernell Joshua RashawnHawkins, LauranNikoleHaye,Hunter WilliamHaynes,Paeton MarieHepworth,Savannah GraceHigdon,Justin DavidHirner, David MatthewHjelm,*Adam JamesHolliday,*Rayven JaeleeHolliday,Mark AlanHouser, Abram Patrick RyanHudelson,*Tanner William RayHughson,Maddie Michelle Janes,Drew AshtonJarman,* DyIan Thomas
Johnson,*Jared LeeJohnson, Keshaun Jo-RelJohnson-Tilhnan. Dezmond Cade Jones,Evan JaronJones,Mason AnthonyJones, Caleb RussellKetsenburg,Chase RyanKirby, Skyler Allen PaulKoch,HopeAriannaKrisko,Gillyan SaydiLain.
Justine Marie Lain, Tyler E. Lain, Montie John Large, Alisha Marie Leffert,* Christopher Aaran Lewis, Cory Levi Lillard,* Kyla Lynn Lucas, Kyle Arron Lucas, Antionette Alize' Ludington, Amber Ray Majors, Meghan Nicole Malone, John Fording Maune, Caleb Michael McAfee,* Olivia Pearl McBride,* Bradley William McCollum, Amyah Dameona Shanelle McGlothin, Ja'Quez Zykeith Da'Kwan McGruder, Tucker Adam McLean,* Myles Robert Merreighn, Noelan Daniel Meyer, Ezekial Wayne Meyers,* Zachary Alexander Miles, Chloe Elise Mitchell, Anastasia Marie Mobley, Aaron Wayne Moore, Kathryn Rose Morrell, Tyler Ray Morton, Naijhon Dawayne Mosley, Kylie Jade Muehring, Alec Joseph Mundle, Ryan Matthew Murphy, Gage Andrew Musgrove.*
Ashton Scott Neagles, Hannah Shea Nichols, Austin James Norris, Leonard Leroy O'Dell,* Lexus Renee Ohrel, Christopher Chad Otten Jr., Sascha Elly Pauly, Lauren Ann-Elizabeth Pease, Natalie Ann Perkins, Madison Taylor Person, Issac Dale Phillips, Johnathon Deane Pilliard, Alayna Nicole Pipkin, Collin Dean Poage, Brittaney Kay-Ann Powell, Kaylee Danielle Powell, Trinity Alexis Powell, Makenzie Grace Prenger.
Adrian Kaleul Quarles, Eriq C. Quintana, Kyler May Rademan, Brad Andrew Raynes,* Bronia Elizabeth Razmas,* Bailie James Rethorn, Melvin Lucas Richards, Lawson Brady Rickey, Jacob Ryan Riefesel, Bradley Justin Riley, Abbagail Marie Rivera,* Drake Jedidiah Robertson, Kabren Allen Robinson,* Della Mae Rodenbaugh, Alexis Denise Rogers, Ruby Christine Roisum, Ja'Taia Andranise Rose, Jaden M. Rose,* Nathan William Ross,* Daniel Wilson Ruhr,* Emily Buffington Ryan
Jordan Nicolas Schafer, Braden Matthew Schlueter, Kennedy Nicole Schmohe, Hailey Marlene Schuetz,* Maisie Lunne Scodino, Isaac Martin Sharp, Shelby Nicole Sharp, Koden Zye Sherwood,* Kenneth James Tyler Shinn, Bailey Rose Shoemate, Ashlee Rose Shulse, Cedric Isaac Singleton, Camry LeAnn Skaggs, Jaylie DiAnn Smashey, Halley Storm Smith, Cale Reid Smothers,*
Alexis Lynn St. Clair, Riley Renee Stevenson, Tyler Allen Stevenson, Jessica Christy Stinson, Abbigail Chandler Jaclyn Stoll, Kadie Elisabeth Stroud, Britney Blondell Stovall, Jacob Lee Stump, Heather Marie Stupavsky, Adrianna Nicole Swank, Alexa Ruth Swon, Darrell Eugene Taylor, Mary Claire Thomas, Jace Alan Tischer, Bow Hunter Todd, Nicholas Teynac Tompkins, Atonio Giovanni Vigilante*, Trevor Neil Wade, Jordan R.C. Wagner*, Lisa Charlene Micheala Weathers, Rebecca Ann Weekley, Suzanne Nicole Wetton, William Daiprai Whitaker, Elise Renae White, Hailey Lynn Whittaker, Abigail Louise Wilcoxson, ShelbyLynnWoodside,Elias JayWorrell, Gabriel SandersWorthington,Josie MaeZeiger, Johnathan AndrewZielinski.
December graduates are designated.*
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