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County schools set Commencement services; outstanding seniors named from each district

Posted on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 8:29 am

The seniors in Lincoln County will formally be honored this month during respective Commencement services. The services will honor the students for completing one step in their journey through life while embarking on a very exciting, but challenging, path for their future.

The Lincoln County Journal continues a tradition with a pictorial section with pictures of graduating seniors. Also, each school district was contacted and asked to submit an outstanding student from their graduating classes. Those seniors include:



Not many people are bi-lingual, but Elsberry High School senior, Julia Barragan prides herself on being able to learn the English language but also being able to speak Spanish. At the age of four, Julia and her family moved to this country, like many, to make a better life for their family. She has grown and matured as a young women and earned the admiration for all her hard work from the faculty at Elsberry High School, as she has been chosen as the Outstanding Senior for The Lincoln County Journal.

Julia plans to further her education in the fall at St. Charles Community College while continuing her employment at Forrest Keeling Nursery. At EHS her favorite class has been Art with Ken Peine, but she knows that her most beneficial classes have been her history classes with Joe Hunter. Her mom is her personal hero, because she has always been there by her side no matter what and she pushes her to do better in every aspect of her life. Her easy going personality and her curiosity about the world shows through in her lifelong dream of traveling the globe, helping people and learning about different cultures.

When asked about the best advice she had ever received Julia said, “Always be proud of where you came from and always be proud of who you are.”

Elsberry R-II Commencement will be held Sunday, May 19, 2 p.m., in the high school gym. The speakers from the class have not been chosen as of yet.



Winfield’s Most Outstanding Senior is Rachelle Brotherton. Brotherton is the granddaughter of Mike and Starr Howard and the younger sister of Eric Brotherton. During Rachelle’s high school career she was greatly involved in the music program. She was a member of the Winfield Band freshmen year and the Winfield Choir sophomore year through senior year. She was also an active member of Student Council and National Honor Society.

After graduation, Rachelle plans to go to St. Charles Community College for one year, then continue at Truman University to receive her Masters in Psychology. With this degree, Rachelle hopes to become a Child’s Advocate within the Court System.

Winfield R-IV District will hold its Commencement services Sunday, May 19, in the high school gym beginning at 2 p.m. The valedictorian and salutatorian will speak as well as a former member of the faculty.



Ryan Eisenbath, son of Ron and Lisa Eisenbath, enjoyed a very active four years in school. He was active in the national FFA organization, National Honor Society, Students Against Drunk Driving (S.A.D.D.), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), FCCLA, Renaissance, varsity basketball and baseball. Among his honors include being a Scholar Athlete, Lincoln County Player of the Week, second team all-conference basketball, English Essay Award, three years; geometry award, College Algebra Award, FFA Sheep Producers Speaking Contest-first in area; FFA State Meat Evaluation-4th individual and Barnwaming King.

His future plans are to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia and major in Biochemistry.

Silex R-I Commencement will be held Friday, May 17 in the high school gym beginning at 7 p.m. The class valedictorian and salutatorian will speak.



Jacob Zorn is the son of Lisa and George Zorn of Moscow Mills and has been selected as the Class of 2013’s Most Outstanding Senior. His future plans are to attend the Missouri School of Mines University of Science and Technology (formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla). He plans to pursue a dual majors in Actuarial Science and an undecided discipline of engineering in either Ceramic or Materials Engineering.

While in school, he was active in FFA including senior officer as a second vice-president and area sentinel; participated in six career development events. He also was a member of the Key Club serving as the recycling committee chairman, liaison from the club to the district level where he chaired the service planning committee. He was also a candidate for international office. He participated in the Lincoln County DARE/Youth Camp Program. He was a member of the future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) were in competed in business math, business calculations, business presentation and economics events. Other organizations he was active in included National Honor Society, Student Ambassadors/Mentors, Student Leadership Advisory Council, prom committee, student business manager/designer for the yearbook. Community activities included member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Youth Group and volunteer in the National S.H.A.R.E. He had over 1,200 community service hours in the last four years.

Zorn will be among the class which will be honored during graduation ceremonies on Sunday, May 12 at the Troy Family Arena beginning at 2 p.m.