Bucyrus gearing up for graduation Sunday

Bucyrus High School seniors are just days away from taking the next steps in their lives. The celebration of the Class of 2019 will begin with the Senior Academic Awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the Alex Kish Memorial Gymnasium May 23. Following the Senior Awards activities, a student-led baccalaureate service will be held.

The Senior Awards night is an annual ceremony that recognizes seniors for outstanding accomplishments during their high school career. It’s also an evening where students receive scholarships from local and regional organizations.

“The Senior Awards program is a wonderful lead-in to our graduation ceremony,” Secondary School Principal Dr. Mark Burke said. “We are very proud of the many accomplishments of the Class of 2019, and this ceremony gives us the opportunity to showcase those feats.”

Shortly after the conclusion of the Senior Awards program, the annual student-led baccalaureate service will begin in the Kish gymnasium. This special, student-organized activity, sponsored by the Bucyrus Ministerial Fellowship, will feature many community members, as well as graduating seniors sharing inspirational readings, songs and scriptures.

“Every year, our seniors do a fantastic job organizing and leading the baccalaureate service,” Dr. Burke said. “Students selected community members, making this an even more special night for our seniors and the community.”

Pastor Dan Rebon will lead the service and deliver the message to the students and visitors in attendance. A reception with cake and punch will follow the ceremony.

The Class of 2019 celebration will conclude with the annual Graduation ceremony at 2:00 p.m. in the Alex Kish Memorial Gymnasium May 26. Student speakers for this year’s commencement ceremony include Caleb Johnson and Sarah Lipscomb. A total of 91 Bucyrus seniors will be moving on to the next stage of their lives.

“Graduation is an exciting time for students, parents and our entire school family,” Superintendent Kevin Kimmel said. “I speak for the entire staff and Board of Education when I say that we are incredibly proud and appreciative of this group of seniors for the leadership they have displayed throughout their careers, and the lasting impact they have had on the entire school district. I want to personally congratulate each member of the Class of 2019 and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”

The Bucyrus High School Class of 2019 earned more than $500,000 in scholarships and a total of 302 college credit hours through the College Credit Plus program, saving their families $151,000 in college tuition costs.

The 150th Bucyrus High School Commencement will begin at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 26 and can be viewed live on the district’s YouTube channel at youtube.bucyrusschools.org.