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Local News: Smith and MacMurray Lead PHS Class of 2022 (5/10/22)

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To signify their graduation, members of Portageville High School’s Class of 2022 move their tassels from right to left of their hats.

Jill Bock / Standard Democrat

PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. — The weather didn’t dampen morale for Portageville High School’s Class of 2022 at the May 5 graduation ceremony.

This year’s ceremony was moved inside the high school gymnasium due to rain. The gymnasium quickly filled up as family and friends gathered to honor the 49 graduates.

Barry Branscum, Director of PHS, welcomed the audience to the ceremony. He also introduced the trustees and school board members, who were seated on the gymnasium stage.

Thomas Brennan Greenwell, class secretary, and Madelyn White, class president, gave the opening remarks.

Greenwell and White were also among the top 10 in the PHS Class of 2022. Others in the top 10 were William Patrick Jamison, Skilar Irene MacMurray, Gracie Lynne Pardon, Emma Caroline Redd, Emma Marie Smith, Niklas Isaiah Sullivan, Grace Leigh Watson and Cayden Shane Weller.

This year’s graduation speakers were the top two students in the class, Smith, the valedictorian of 2022, and MacMurray, the salutatorian of 2022.

Smith, the 18-year-old daughter of Mike and Gerry Smith of Portageville, has participated in the Beta Club, Student Council, National Honor Society, FBLA, FCCLA, Art Club and Choir. She was also a member of the school softball team for four years, the volleyball team for two years, and a cheerleader for one year.

She plans to attend Three Rivers College in hopes of pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.

MacMurray, 18, is the daughter of Brian and Linette Neeley of Portageville. In high school, she participated in the Beta Club, the National Honor Society, and the choir.

She plans to attend Southeast Missouri State University to major in business administration.

After graduation by Branscum and Mark Moody, chairman of the Board of Education, class officers led their classmates and former PHS graduates in singing the school’s “Alma Mater.”

The following students have received scholarships and awards:

Joshua Adams: Dr. James Deere Memorial Scholarship.

Brennan Greenwell: George and Nancy Trimue Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship from Northeastern College of Arkansas, Horace H. Dunagan Jr. Memorial Scholarship from First State Bank and Trust, Laiken Palmer Memorial Scholarship, Portageville Bulldog Foundation, the National Wild Turkey Federation.

William Jamison: George and Nancy Trimue Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship at Northeastern College in Arkansas.

Kelton Graham: Technical Fellowship from the George and Nancy Trimue Board of Trustees of Northeastern College of Arkansas, Portageville Bulldog Foundation,

Parker Hall: Portageville Bulldog Foundation, Terry Brasher Memorial Scholarship.

Skilar MacMurray: George and Nancy Trimue Board Academic Fellowship of Northeastern College in Arkansas.

Gracie Pardon: Dr. David Boyd and We Care Team Fellowship, Portageville Bulldog Foundation, VT and Rita Rogers Fellowship.

Emma Redd: Arkansas Northeastern College George and Nancy Trimue Board Academic Scholarship, PDTA Scholarship, Dr. James Deere Memorial Scholarship, Portageville Bulldog Foundation, VT and Rita Rogers Scholarship, New Madrid County Memorial VFW Scholarship.

Ollie Saenz: Portageville Jaycee Scholarship, Beth Cross Music Scholarship, Student Council Scholarship, American Red Cross Lifeblood Scholarship, Bruce and Sue Memorial Scholarship, Portageville Bulldog Foundation, First United Methodist Church Scholarship.

Emma Smith: Arkansas Northeastern College George and Nancy Trimue Board Academic Scholarship, Bank of New Madrid Joseph E. and Harriette H. McCrate Scholarship; First State Community Bank Scholarship, Portageville Bulldog Foundation, New Madrid County VFW Scholarship, VT and Rita Rogers Scholarship.

Niklas Sullivan: George and Nancy Trimue Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship at Northeastern College in Arkansas.

Jaren Walls: Brady Scherer Memorial Scholarship, Portageville Bulldog Foundation, New Madrid County VFW Scholarship.

Grace Watson: George and Nancy Trimue Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship at Northeastern College of Arkansas, MAHEO Scholarship, Nucor Corporation Scholarship.

Blake Weddington: Technical Fellowship from the George and Nancy Trimue Board of Trustees of Northeastern College in Arkansas.

Madelyn White: Arkansas Northeast College George and Nancy Trimue Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship, Portageville Ministerial Alliance, First Church of God, Portageville Bulldog Foundation, VT and Rita Rogers Scholarship, New Madrid County Memorial VFW Scholarship and Hagan Scholarship Foundation.

Alex Winsor: Portageville Bulldog Foundation, VT and Rita Rogers Fellowship.