170 seniors to graduate in Cooper County this weekend

Three schools in Cooper County will hold commencement ceremonies this weekend. Students will enter into the school while the school bands play Pomp and Circumstance by Elgar, arr. Ployhar. Once the ceremony is over and the tassels have been moved to the side, the students will have graduated. Many will then further their education through higher education institutions in the fall and some may enter into the workforce as an adult. Commencements are a time for family and friends to gather to celebrate the achievements and future goals of their loved ones.
Ceremonies will be held indoors at all the locations. Weather forecasts are calling for warm clear weather, with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s.
The 134th Annual Commencement of Boonville R-I High School will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. in Windsor Gymnasium. Doors will open at 12 p.m.  According to a release sent by Boonville High School Principal Jeff Brackman, Boonville Police Officers will be present to assist motorist with parking. 
Boonville High School American History Teacher Terry Ehlers will be delivering the graduation address to the 124 member class. Ehlers is a 24 year veteran of BHS, who will be leaving the district after graduation. Ehlers told the Pirate Press that he will miss the interaction he has with students on a daily basis.
The Pilot Grove C-4 School District will hold their commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday at the high school gymnasium. Thirty-one students are due to graduate during the hour long event. Delivering the commencement addresses include retired science teacher Cynthia Castle and previous english teacher Nicole Clemens.
Prairie Home R-V will hold their commencement Sunday at 2 p.m. Fifteen seniors will graduate along with 13 eighth grade candidates. Prairie Home Alumnus Deanne Dick will deliver the commencement speech for the graduating class. Dick is a senior account manager at DuPont Nutrition and Health based out of St. Louis. Besides saying farewell to the senior class, Superintendent Barbara Bancroft will also be leaving the school. She will give a brief speech before her departure.  
According to the districts, the valedictorians will not be known until Friday morning when grades are due and then calculated.
Please look inside  for a special pull-out section of area graduates.