POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - Nearly 300 students are ready to make their mark on the world after graduating from high school in Poplar Bluff, Missouri on Thursday, May 12.
This year's class will be the last to graduate from the high school's current location, as the school plans to switch locations with the Middle School beginning next school year.
Among the 298 graduates, Jackson Rideout was named valedictorian, and will be attending Washington University in St. Louis.
Christian Cmehil-Warn was named salutatorian of 2016. He will next be attending the University of Missouri in Columbia.
During the graduation commencement ceremony, a special tribute was made in remembrance of Kaitlyn Pullam, a Poplar Bluff girl who was accidentally shot and killed in December of last year.
Mikayla Ursery was awarded the Kaitlyn Pullam scholarship based on her ability to exemplify and demonstrate the values and ideals of Pullam.
In total, there was around $2.5 million worth of scholarships awarded to Poplar Bluff graduating seniors, according to Principal Mike Kiehne.