CALHOUN: CHS Class of 2023 celebrates graduation
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By DIANE BRANGENBERG AND CARISSA SITKI
The Calhoun High School (CHS) Class of 2023 graduated on Friday evening, May 19, with a ceremony at the Mark Baalman Gymnasium.
There were 36 graduates celebrating their graduation: Trevor Agney, Isabella Baalman, Conner Bilbruck, Trenten Boxdorfer, Scarlett Brangenberg, Tori Chapman, Owen Clowers, Cailin Davis, Margaret Franke, Samuel Gilman, Zak Grimes, Kortney Herkert, Jaelyn Hill, Callie Hillen, Lex Johnson, Eli Kasinger, Samantha Kaufman, John Kronable, Jack Krysl, Ayden Leavell, Jillian Little, Steven Margherio, Hunter Medling, Emily Milhime, Johnathan Oswald, Chase Ralston, William Rose, Hunter Roth, Jake Sagez, Haley Schnelten, Landon Sievers, Paige Snyders, Abbie Sprong, August Squier, Steven Steffler, Conner Webster.
Scarlett Brangenberg, daughter of Lynn and Katrina Brangenberg of Kampsville, was this year’s valedictorian. She received several other scholarships as well; she will be attending Illinois College in the fall.
Samantha Kaufman, daughter of Samual and Courtney Kaufman of Kampsville, was the salutatorian. Kaufman also received several other scholarships and will be attending Missouri State University.
Kortney Herkert, daughter of Jeff Herkert of Kampsville, received the Joyce Titus Memorial Scholarship and the Kay Tucker Future Teacher Scholarship as well as several others. She will be attending Lindenwood University.
Attorney Ed Fanning and Inman Estate Executor Carol Brangenberg presented the Teddi and Merle Inman Scholarship to Augie Squier and Will Rose.
Craig Johnson of the American Legion was in attendance, representing all the Legions in the County, and presented the American Legion Award to Samantha Kaufman and Honorable Mention went to Conner Bilbruck, son of Julie Bilbruck of Kampsville. Bilbruck is very active in Kampsville. He is a volunteer firefighter for the North Calhoun Fire Department as well as being on the Kampsville Summer Celebration Committee. He also is a basketball referee and baseball umpire as well as a dispatcher for the Calhoun Sheriff’s Office. He is going to study Criminal Justice at Lewis and Clark.
Calhoun Jr. High American Legion Award winners were Caroline Adams, daughter of Nick and Tara Adams of Michael; and Jordan Hillen, son of Jaimie and Jahnee Hillen of Hardin.