Graduation is just around the corner for students in Wellington.  This past week, the Wellington High School administration was proud to announce the Valedictorians and top ten percent of the 2017-2018 senior class.
“It is with my pleasure to name Marisa Black, Elizabeth Brownlee, Mary Grace Fink, Ian Groom, Logan Jones, Kialee LeValley, Abigail Lowe, Matthew McComb, Hudson Ramirez, Jenna Rausch, Jack Walton and Adrianna Young as the Valedictorians,” said John Buckendorff, principal of WHS.
“All of these students completed the requirements established by the USD 353 Board of Education for graduation and the Kansas Scholars Curriculum established by the Kansas Board of Regents,” according to Buckendorff.
The class of 2018 will be the last class at Wellington High School to utilize the Valedictorian system.  In 2016, USD 353 adopted a Cum Laude college system process that will eliminate valedictorians and instead designate students with honorary degrees like those used in colleges.
Baccalaureate was held on Sunday, May 6th, 2:00 p.m. at Wellington First Assembly Church.
Class Night for the seniors will be held Wednesday, May 16th beginning at 7:00 p.m. with Commencement ceremonies to take place on Saturday, May 19thth, 2:00 p.m. Both programs will be held in the Wellington High School Gymnasium.
Seniors will receive ten tickets to give to family and friends for priority seating for the May 19th commencement program. Doors will open at 1:00 p.m. for ticket holders with the general public being seated at 1:30 p.m. The gymnasium provides ample seating so please don’t hesitate to attend the ceremony.
“We are very proud of all of our seniors and their accomplishments,” Buckendorff said.
Baccelaurate was held Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at the First Assembly Church of Wellington.  Rev. Dr.  Marvin J. Miller welcomed the crowd before Abby Lowe took her turn to speak.
Lowe, a member of the 2018 graduating class, read excerpts from Luke 25:50-53 (ESV).
The Invocation was delivered by the Rev. Jon Shellenberger, from the Church of the Nazerene.  
Greg Ewing, from the First United Methodist Church, led the crowd in singing “Your Love Defends Me” and “Great Are You Lord.”
Jacelyn Buck, from the class of 2019, read from 1 Corinthians 1:25-31 (ESV) and Philippians 4:6-8 (ESV).  
The Wellington High School Choir, under the direction of Jessica Coldwell, sang “These Things Can Never Die” and “The Battle of Jericho.”  
Delaney Parkey, President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and member of the class of 2019, went on to read from Romans 8:37-39 (ESV).  
It was a very emotional moment as Senior Kirstian Bruns sang “What Love Really Means” in front of her father, who was sitting in the front row.  Bruns was teary-eyed as she sang her song, but she did it beautifully.  
Rev. Zane Brooks, of Free Will Baptist Church, spoke of crossroads, telling the graduating students that they had gone as far as they could at this point.  From here on, they were going to be on their own.  
The Benediction was delivered by Rev.  Valjean  Warman of the Mayfield Federated Church.