SHORT GAP - The field at Falcon Stadium was a sea of blue on a warm Sunday afternoon as Frankfort High School held its 2017 commencement ceremonies.

By Liz Beavers
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SHORT GAP - The field at Falcon Stadium was a sea of blue on a warm Sunday afternoon as Frankfort High School held its 2017 commencement ceremonies.
Haley Elaine Geiger sang the National Anthem and Trevor Grabenstein welcomed all the families and friends packed into the bleachers to wish their graduates well as they picked up their diplomas and began the next phase of their young lives.
Keana Dale Cozatt introduced salutatorian Emily Ruth Deneen, and Cheyenne Nicole Wilson introduced valedictorian Kaley Paige Wilson to give their traditional addresses to the crowd and their classmates.
Principal Joe Riley, with assistance by vice principal Kelly Haines, recognized the five inductees into the Frankfort Hall of Fame - Joe Alkire, Phillip Dayton, Mick Lantz, Nancy Parsons, and Terry Parsons.
Each year, the senior class votes on the faculty member they feel has been the Most Influential Teacher, and multiple winner Kenn Cowgill was again chosen for the honor.
Members of the Academic Top Ten were also recognized: Taylor Marie Adams, Thomas Franklin Clark III, Emily Ruth Deneen, Garrett Michael Grose, Alexandra Jalean Hill, Seth Allen Leedom, Hanna Reese Slider, Kaitlin L. Wariner, and Kaley Paige Wilson.
Riley then presented each graduate with a diploma, followed by congratulations from superintendent Shawn Dilly, assistant superintendent Dwight Williams, and Mineral County Board of Education members Kevin Watson, Lara Courrier, William Ludwick, Tom Denne and Rob Woy.
Kathleen Elissa Wirth gave the class farewell.
Music was provided by the Frankfort High School Band.