Pleasant Hill, Missouri            Wednesday,  October 15, 2014                ©2014 Pleasant Hill Times

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Under the Kelly Miller Circus big top

The Kelly Miller Circus show features elephants, tigers, horses and a host of international circus stars (above). The circus will perform shows at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday Oct. 17, under the big top at the Cass County Fairgrounds in the west end of Pleasant Hill. The circus is being brought to town by the Pleasant Hill Optimist Club and the Optimists ask the public to help their fundraising efforts by purchasing their circus tickets in advance. Tickets are on sale at both Pleasant Hill Bank locations, the Community Bank of Pleasant Hill, Guido's Pizza, Pleasant Hill City Hall and the Pleasant Hill Primary, Elementary and Intermediate schools.

Awards assembly
171 receive letters for academics

...A record one hundred seventy- one students were awarded academic letters at an awards assembly last Wednesday morning at the Pleasant Hill High School.
...To receive an academic letter, a student must earn a 3.5 or better grade point average for the previous school year.
...This year's academic letter recipients were addressed by 2004 Pleasant Hill High School graduate Dr. Zachary Patterson.
...After graduating from high school, Dr. Patterson studied at Missouri State University in Springfield for three years and transferred to the University of Missouri in Columbia where he earned his doctor's degree in veterinary medicine in 2011.
...He worked for a small animal practice near Tampa, Fla., before returning home join the Pleasant Hill Animal Clinic this March.
..."I wouldn't be where I am at today without the foundation that was laid for the rest of my life during my four years here at Pleasant Hill High School," Dr. Patterson told the academic letter recipients. "All of the pieces are in place to make your time here the perfect springboard for the rest of your lives."
..."Remember that you can and will accomplish anything that you make a priority in your life," he said. "Stick to your plan, believe in yourself, and continue working towards your goals and dreams despite any obstacles or criticisms that may come your way."
...After welcoming family and guests to the ceremony, the academic letter recipients were introduced by high school principal Paul Canaan. High school teachers John Hamilton and Tina Kemerling presented academic letters to 53 seniors. Earning academic letters were (first year) Tiffany Butler, Alleana Holt, Rachel Liley, Tanner Pettet, Daryl Shreve and Samantha Stucker, (second year) Courtney Bakken, Christopher Barzilla, Hannah Beachner, Brogan Bellamy, Courtney Fountain, Sarah Hoke, Anthony Holt and Cole Miller and (third year) Alexis Allard, Rebekah Anderson, Madison Barker, Riley Bonnesen, Kaylene Bramwell, Meredith Burns, Alexandria Burris, Hannah Crawford, Olivia Dotson, Renee Edenburn, Tyler Evans, Katherine Friederich, Susanna Goodell-Fields, Gillian Haight, Lauren Hawkins, Ian Hodge, Julianna Holquin, Spencer Homan, Cheyenne Jennings, Autumn Kirchhofer, Morgan Messick, Elijah Mijares, Noah Moore, Nicole Nulsen, Justin Orpin, Aubrey Purnell, Caitlin Rash, Cassy Reeves, John Romer, Thomas Schaefer, Lewis Sharp, Madison Stockstill, Molly Takacs, Makenzie Voorhees, Kai Wesemann, Emma Widaman, Zachary Winkler, Olivia Woodruff and Suzanne Young.
...High school teachers Laura Cole and Karen Dollins presented academic letters to 43 juniors. Earning academic letters were (first year) Maranda Arcuri, Phillip Bledsoe, Abbey Breitbach, Gabrielle Cusimano, Andrew Dobson, Joseph Gomez, Morgan Hoenshell, Madison Ring, Max Whited, Amber Woolford and Zachary Zieman and (second year) Madison Bailey, Courtney Bonnett, Dalton Burge, Josie Cotter, Tyler Crane, Kaitlin Dierking, Garrison Fields, Danielle Gerken, Mikalah Gibson, Cameron Haws, Cruz Hernandez, Joely Hughes, Levi Jack, O'Tillia Jerabek, Madelynn Kahl, Cheyenne Long, Jacob Longmeyer, Michael Miller, Emma Moore, Marley Moran, Colton Neill, Emilee Walker Reed, Nathan Ryan, Brianna Shuler, Madolyn Swinney, Jamie Vaughan, Claire Villegas, Carly Voss, Jacob Watson, Joshua Young.
...High school teachers Ashley Lile and Suzan Smith presented academic letters to 74 sophomores. Earning academic letters were Macee Adams, Kevin Aguilar, Nathan Allen, Dalton Bach, Ethan Baker Arbuckle, Garrett Bakken, James Barnes, Megan Bauer, Sarah Beachner, Blake Beagle, Hannah Beissel, Ryan Bolden, Fiona Bolte Bradhurst, Brayden Bonnesen, Lauren Bonnett, Donna Borer, Robin Brundage, Haley Burge, Michelle Butricks, Mathew Campbell, Noah Campbell, Jaymie Clevenger, Tymon Conway, Sarah Davis, Rachel Dustman, Olivia Ferdig, Jacob Fisher, Zachary Gray, Kaley Hays, Ian Heinrich, Kylie Heublein, Haden Hodge, Alexandria Jackson, Noah Kenyon, Hayley Kerrick, Kaycee Kincaid, Alyssa Kramer, Haley Lamborn, Lauren Larkins, Daniel Lee, Olivia Lehmann, Cole Lightfoot, Aidan Link, Caleb Long, Kaitlyn Long, Hannah McCommon, Robert McCormick, James McGovney, Kirsten Medearis, Emma Moore, Breana Peters, Lauren Petersen, Clara Plasse, Courtney Pritchett, Graceann Ring, Jamie Ross, Blake Rutherford, Paige Sailors, Fernanda Sierra, Drake Sivils, Racheal Snyder, Jessica Turner, Madison Voorhees, Christina Waddle, Benjamin Watson, Courtney Wesemann, Gavin Wheeler, Austin White, Evan Williams, Brooke Wood, Colleen Wouters, Luella Yoder, Brooke Young and Cameron Young.
...A reception for the academic letter recipients, their families and guests was held in the high school commons following the awards assembly.

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