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[JUNE 1, 2005]  MOUNT PULASKI -- Mount Pulaski High School commencement exercises were on May 20 in the high school gymnasium.

After the presentation of colors by Mount Pulaski American Legion Post 447, opening remarks were given by Kristen Oglesby. Korey Letterle led the Pledge of Allegiance. The high school band and chorus participated in the ceremony, and the senior class presented a slide show. Principal Russell Galusha presented the graduating class. Closing remarks were given by Megan Allspach.

Mallory Clements, Vance Knauer and Jeremy Ott were named valedictorians of the graduating class.

Mallory Clements

Mallory is the daughter of Jeff and Susan Clements of Mount Pulaski. She has been a member of the Drama Club, student council, National Honor Society, prom committee, and Junior Engineering Technical Society design team. She was named to "Who's Who Among American High School Students," was named an Illinois State Scholar and Prairie State Scholar, was named to the "Top Ten" at Mount Pulaski High School, and was Senior of the Month in November. She received awards for Outstanding Calculus Student, Outstanding Physical Education Student and Outstanding Advanced Biology Student. She was a member of the award-winning Lady 'Toppers volleyball team and has received a full volleyball scholarship at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a Mount Pulaski Rotary Club scholarship. She plans to major in business administration.

Vance Knauer

Vance is the son of Gary and Judy Knauer of Mount Pulaski. He was named January Senior of the Month, Senior of the Year and was named to the "Top Ten." He is an Illinois State Scholar and Prairie State Scholar. He received the Vera Zarrow Scholarship, the David Cates Memorial Scholarship, a National FFA Scholarship, a Mount Pulaski Education Association Scholarship and a Star Agri-Science Student award. He plans to attend the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

Jeremy Ott

Jeremy is the son of Diana Ott of Elkhart and Randal Ott of Gardner, Kan. Jeremy is an Illinois State Scholar and a Prairie State Scholar. He received the Outstanding English IV award, Outstanding Physics Student award and the Senior Science Award. He has participated in football, concert and marching band, Science Olympiad, Scholastic Bowl, and has been a member of the National Honor Society, Junior Engineering Technical Society design team, the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Academic Challenge team, student council, yearbook staff and prom committee. He is an active member of the Elkhart Christian Church. He has received a Presidential Scholarship to Bradley University and a John Deere engineering scholarship from the Society of Automotive Engineers.

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"Straight A" awards were presented to Maggy Gleason and Molly Gleason, daughters of Rob and Nina Gleason of Elkhart, in recognition of academic excellence. Maggy and Molly will be attending Illinois State University.

Class of 2005 members at Mount Pulaski High School are:

Megan Leighann Allspach

Lisa Danielle Seiler-Barr

Joshua Michael Blaum

Cassandra Joy Buckles

Laura Nicole Clark

Mallory Nell Clements

Andrew Lloyd Coers

Nathanial Wayne Dambacher

Mallory Jo Davis

Matthew Thomas Davis

Heather Marie Diplarides

John Thomas Foley

Christopher Lynn Galvin

Justin Brian Gardner

Daniel Patrick Gleason

Maggy Lynn Gleason

Molly Marie Gleason

Jay Ryan Hild

Brittany Lynn Hinds

Brittany Lynn Holmes

Lacey Jo Horath

Danielle Renee Jones

Maranna Jeanile Jones

Vance Tyler Knauer

Renae Christine Krueger

Julie Rae Kutz

Korey Wayne Letterle

Shane Edward Loveall

Chase David Lowery

Lindsey Jane Mason

Ryan Douglas Mason

Harold Steven McNeil

Sarah Catherine Moore

Zachary Thomas Moore

Amanda Rose Murphy

Jason Edward Nichols

Kristen Anne Oglesby

Jeremy Joseph Ott

Keisha Niell Peters

Heath Dallas Rainey

Sarah Renee Reeter

Courtney Layne Seitz

Dustin Thomas Shanle

Jamie Lynn Smith

Jesse Allen Stewart

Christopher Dale Tillquist

Jeffrey Dale Tobias

Amber Lynn Turner

Jacob Todd Volle

Kyle James Williams

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