Franklin County R-II Says Goodbye To Graduating Eighth Grade Class Of 2014

Valedictorian Kate Ruediger delivers Farewell Address.

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - Thursday night Franklin County R-II School’s Eighth Grade Graduating class ended one chapter in their life as they said goodbye to a school where they first began Kindergartener ten years ago.

In his welcome address, Salutatorian Owen Buchheit said, “At R-II this isn't just where we finish middle school and go on to high school. We have to choose from several different high schools which can be a difficult choice for some students. Sadly, that means we will be parting ways and likely this will be the last time we are all together in this school.”

Eighth Grade Graduation at R-II is unique compared to other schools in that students are leaving the K-8 school and will be attending different high schools next fall.  As Buchheit mentioned, Thursday night was likely that last time the class of 2014 will all be together.

(Pictured to right is Salutatorian Owen Buchheit.)

The 2014 Valedictorian Kate Ruediger reminded her fellow classmates how they were able to make it this far saying, “I'd like to thank all of our teachers because without them we would never be who we are today or where we are today.”

“I know that without them I would never be standing up here right now. From teaching us good study habits and everything we need to know for high school to always reminding us to sit right in our chairs, our teachers were always there to keep us in line and focused.”

Ruediger finished by saying, “As we go our separate ways, I wish you all the best of luck in high school. So in closing I would like to end with a quote from an unknown author. "Nothing in this world is handed to you. You have to go out and get it. Nobody said it would be easy but hard work always pays off."

Pictured below are the receipts of the Presidential Academic Award and Honor Students who graduated with a GPA of 9.5 or higher on an 11 point 0 scale.