With two separate graduation dates scheduled, 16 seniors from Rochelle and 11 from Lohn will soon embark on a new journey in life’a journey full of many different challenges and obstacles’but a journey well worth the wait. Lohn’s graduation ceremony is set for Friday, May 19, while Rochelle’s ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 26. In Lohn, Leslie Short, daughter of David and Kelli Short, will graduate with top honors as class valedictorian with a 97.19 grade point average. She plans to attend Angelo State University in the fall to major in communication and possibly go into radio/television and minor in art or drama. She was a cheerleader for four years, involved in One-Act Play for four years, UIL, Poetry Interpretation her junior and senior years and on the drill team for four years. She was inducted into the National Honor Society her sophomore year. She attended the Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. her sophomore year and was first runner up in electric co-op essay contest. Leslie was invited to the Lion’s Honor Banquet her sophomore through senior years, was UCA all-star cheerleader her senior year and attended the regional competition in poetry interpretation her junior and senior years. She went to area competition in One-Act Play her junior and senior years and was Best Actress her senior year. Graduating LHS 2000 salutatorian, Kevin Pearce, son of Bobby and Terri Pearce, finishes his high school education with a 95.48 GPA. He plans to attend Angelo State University in the fall and major in kinesiology and earn his teaching certificate. He played football for four years, One-Act Play for four years, tennis for four years, basketball for four years and was active in Future Farmers of America. He was an Eagle Scout, received first place in the Government-in-Action Youth Tour Essay Contest and is listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Students. He was a member of the National Honor Society, All State Academic six-man football team, a participant in Farm Bureau Citizenship Seminar and received honorable mention in six-man football his junior year. He was voted Best Actor in District One-Act Play his freshman and senior years, All-Star Cast in both zone and area One-Act Play competitions his junior and senior years. He was class president, attended the Lions Honor Banquet and was on the All-A Honor Roll his freshman through senior years. Other students graduating from Lohn are Kira Ramsey, D.J. Fischer, Chrissy Howle, William Lohn, David Moreno, Kyle Willis, Kimberly Covey Davis, Lonnie McMullin and Jason Smith. H The daughter of Jimmie and Edith Lange, Jennifer Lange will graduate with the top honors from Rochelle with a GPA of 4.17. She plans to attend Texas A&M University and major in mechanical engineering. Upon graduation from A&M, she plans to go to work for the Ford Motor Company in Virginia. She was active in FFA, One-Act Play, UIL, was team mascot and played basketball. She was a regional qualifier for two years in persuasive speaking and one year in mathematics and science contests. She placed seventh in the State FFA Prepared Public Speaking Contest, ninth in the State FFA Creed Speaking Contest, was elected prom queen and is the 2000 valedictorian of her graduating class. Toni Evans, the 2000 salutatorian for RHS with a GPA of 4.05, is the daughter of Grady and Donella Evans. She plans to attend Howard Payne University where she will major in liberal arts. She was a cheerleader, served on the student council and annual staff and participated in UIL and One-Act Play. She was named most ambitious her freshman year, most likely to succeed her sophomore year, class favorite her junior year and best all around her senior year. She served as class president for three years, student council vice president her junior year and student council president her senior year. She is listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Students for four years, was a regional UIL prose qualifier for three years and attended the Lions Honor Banquet for three years. As a member of One-Act Play, she received honorable mention All-Star Cast her sophomore year and All-Star Cast for two years. She was a member of National Honor Society, a homecoming queen nominee for two years and voted Miss RHS her senior year. Other graduating seniors from Rochelle are Willy Williams, Quad Ranne, Tonya Nuncio, Roy Nuncio, Matt Noble, Sheryl Ann Meyer, Heather Marlatt, Gary Lund, Mika Karnes, Rocky Jackson, Adam Hernandez, Jason Brown, Billy Arnold and Chris Anderson.