Graduation was to have happened this weekend, for Vinton-Shellsburg, Vinton Today wanted to share the following which was submitted by area graduates.

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Below are the Graduating Members of Vinton-Shellsburg's Class of 2020:

Sierra Marie Achey
Caydyn Daniel Kennedy Adams
Cynlea Sue Jane McKinley
Nickole Meranda Bascom
Luke Anthony Beyer
Weston Conrad Bierschenk
Amelia Faith Birker
Leah Marie Bohnsack
Jeremiah Jayden Brown
Spencer James Cantrell
Amanda Marie Cardenas
Rickey Alan Chase
Haley Rebecca Clark
Karri Anna Clemen
Bradley Len Cornell
Dallas Jordan Cottrell
Alexander Frederick Dawson-Fink
Charles Danial Dudley
Tyler Dylan Dunn
Andrew Thomas Elwick
Cyrus Michael Elwick
Olivia Kay Erhardt
Emma Marie Erlandson
Franki Lea Evans
Sonnie Audrey Evans
Lance Robert Graves
Zandalee Hannah Graves
Madalyn Pearl Gray
Sam Nicholas Griffith
Payton William Haefner
Morgan Leland Hansen
Hunter Reece Hazen
Nathan Lee Hekel
Joanna Louise Hendrickson
Lauren Kay Hendryx
Jesse Jayden Hepker
Davia Mary Alice Herger
Anthony Michael Hilton
Hayden William Hunter
Cameron Lee Hunziker
Louis Marvin Janecek III
Paul David Johnson
Bryce Phillip Kaplan
Cameron Lee Karr
Vincent Azuriah Kickel
Christopher Robert-Allen King
Cole Thomas Klinzing
Zachary Michael Kramer
Lillie Raye Lamont
Kellsie LeeAn Lane
Caroline Elizabeth Lang
Kailey Marie Lazenby
Taylor-Rae Marie Lint
Marcus Alexander Lipcamon
Christian Patrick Lovell
Kaitlin Jo Meyer
Jacob Paul Michelson
Alexis Kaylari Miller
Samuel E Moen
Blake Thomas Morarie
Kaylee Ann Morris
Wesley James Mott
LaVenus Jay Mull
Alyssa Marie Murray
Raelyn Nicole Murray
Kennedy Mae Nesler
Madison Josie Novotny
Katelyn Rose O'Brien
Alexis Kaye Osborn
Jordan Rae Pattee
Jace Robert Rake
Hayden Cale Rast
Alyssa Nicole Reynolds
Tanner Richard Rodman
Thomas Joseph Sass
Autumn Leigh Sauer
Rylee Lill Scheel
Gabriel Victor Schmidt
Clark Jacob Schoch
Ryan Christian Schoettmer
Raeleigh Jo Schulte
Broc David Shaw
Christian David Silver-Usher
Jessica Dawn Slaton
Jonah Michael Smith
Kaylee Shayna Sorum
Jace Michael Staab
Catherine Maria Steele
Taryn Leslie Sutton
Chelsee Nicole Tharp
Amy Rose Thomas
Brooke Leighann Thomsen
Hanna Ruth Timmerman
Lauren Marie Upmeyer
Beauregard Clyde Vinton
Jillian Pearl White
Jose Wilson, Junior
Blake Michael Witzel
Cody Michael Young

And last, but not least, several Graduates from Vinton-Shellsburg and beyond Vinton's borders have shared a message below:

Haley Clark
Parting Message: Our graduation won’t be as we had expected it but it will be a story to tell our kids. Being apart of this class was something i was proud of and if we could have gotten a traditional farewell that would be ideal. Either way, we all did it and the future is going to take us to bigger and better things.

Karri Clemen

To my mom,
Thank you for doing everything that you can for me. For making me continue school no matter how hard it got. For not letting me quit. For not letting me drop out. For having the endless patience that you've had for me, especially during my senior year. If it wasn't for the pushing I would have dropped out because it got so hard. Thank you for not letting me do that. For making me continue even though I wanted to give up. Thank you for not giving up on me. For endless advice. Thank you for everything that you do. You're the best. You'll always be the one that I look up to. You'll always be my mom and I'll always love you. Thank you for making me push through this when everything felt like it was falling apart. Thank you again for everything. I love you so much, mom.

To Mrs. Albritton,
Thank you for having the one classroom that felt like home. For having an open mind with me and listening to whatever I had to say. For bringing me in to work on my quilt, even after the semester was over. You made my school days better. You made it easier and you always let me rest my mind so I could be better focused. Thank you for being the teacher that I could count on. Also, thank you for all the advice you gave me to be able to move forward, not just in sewing, but in life too. I'll continue to use the skills you taught me. Thank you for everything you did in just over a semester. It means a lot to me.

Franki Evans
Your attitude determines your direction (unknown)

Hunter Hazen
Missing out on the end of our senior year really sucks, but it could always be worse, I could be a Cardinals fan.

Lauren Hendryx
Parents: Glenn and Bobbie Hendryx

I spent the majority of my time in high school wishing I was anywhere but. I couldn’t wait to move on to the next steps. I could’ve cared less for the experiences or ‘good times.’ All I could imagine was my life after. High School was just a mandatory stepping stone before life could begin. But it’s a strange feeling, knowing that we walked out, not knowing it was our last time. While I’ll never claim that these were the best four years of my life, I truthfully owe a lot to high school. It shaped me into the person that I am today and taught me more than I ever thought possible. It’s strange to say goodbye when it doesn’t feel like it ended. I don’t know if it will ever feel like a proper parting, it might always feel like an unfinished chapter in our lives, but all we can do is move forward and find what we are meant to do, whatever that might be. Though we all may never see each other in the same room again, I hope that each of my classmates finds happiness and success wherever life takes them.

Hayden W. Hunter

For my Fellow Graduating Class of 2020,
Senior Year is supposed to be the best year. Memories in the making with friends and teachers, unfortunately, we were robbed of it all due to COVID-19. There has been a lot of tears, fears and overall a lot of emotion.
We never got to make memories or say our final goodbyes and well wishes. So to my fellow quarantined Class of 2020. This makes us the strongest class emotionally. I want to say the 4 years spent with you have been a blast. Good luck to each and every one of you. Always stay true to yourself, love and respect yourself.
So with that being said,
Senior year is for the tears, facing the fears, loudining the cheers. You find out how close you are to some, and how far away you are from others. You'll have your lasts and get ready for the firsts. Then look back on it and remember it forever.
Go out and do great things!

For all my Teachers,
Thank you all for believing in me when I didn't believe in myself. Thank you for pushing me when I needed to be pushed, for being there whenever I needed you. Thank you for being a mentor and friend. You have all shown me how capable I am of achieving great things in life.
I will be forever grateful for having you all as great teachers. Without you, your teaching, your guidance, and advice, I wouldn't be the grateful young man that I am today.
I will miss all of you very much, thank you all for being apart of the last 4 years of my life.

Zachary Kramer
I miss seeing friends, family and teachers. But none of you need to worry cause“Trust me, I got this”
Congrats to the class of 2020 and I Hope everyone's future is great.

Caroline Lang

Parents: Eric and Lori Lang

Plans: Attend Iowa State University majoring in Ag and Biosystems Engineering

Quote: There is no better catalyst to success than curiosity - Michael Dell

Kennedy Mae Nesler
Thanks for the memories!

Raelyn Murray


Parents: Stephanie Hahn & Roger Murray

“ Mr. Kingsbury told the seniors that if we tried to do a senior skip day, it would ruin our chances of graduating on time. SENIOR SKIP DAY CHAMPS! “

Katelyn O'Brien

"Thank you to everyone that helped me get to where I am today

Hayden Rast
Hayden plans to pursue a career in the automotive industry and is currently enrolled in Kirkwood Community College. A gifted hockey player, Hayden has played for teams coached by former NHL players and Olympians. As a power forward, Hayden was drafted by the Milwaukee Power, a NA3 junior hockey team, in April 2019. He subsequently signed a tender with the Milwaukee Power in March 2020 to play for the upcoming season, however, has chosen to focus on academics. Hayden has an older sister, Sierra, a graduate of Vinton-Shellsburg currently finishing her first year at the Northern Illinois University School of Law. Hayden's younger brother, Sawyer, is a freshman at Vinton-Shellsburg and shares his love for hockey. Hayden enjoys all outdoor activities, including camping, fishing, and canoeing. Hayden's other sports have included basketball and soccer, and he has a talent for making friends.

Comment from Hayden:
I've grown up in Vinton, although my high school years were spent attending four schools around the Midwest. I'm grateful for the opportunities I've had to make new friends, experience different places, and learn from some great coaches. It's been good to reconnect with many of the people I knew through middle school and wish everyone much success after graduation.

Ranae Jo Rethman
Vinton Shellsburg Homeschool Program
Parents: Randy and Mary Rethman, Belle Plaine

Thank you to my parents, sister Rachelle, and friends and family who believed in me through all of this. To my angel Poppy, who is looking down on me, I did it with honors.

Live like there is no tomorrow, as we are proof, we can conquer our dreams and we will go far. We are Senior Strong!!

Autumn Sauer

Enjoy all of the time you have in high school. You never know what will happen that may cause your high school experience to be cut short.
Embrace all of the good times and learn from the hard times. Most importantly remember high school is the starting point to the rest of your life. So use your time wisely but have fun!

Rylee Scheel
Message to my classmates: “Unfortunately, we may never get to see each other walk across the stage with our caps and gowns to receive our diplomas, at least not in person. We had our last day of school without even realizing at the time that we may never see everyone together again. However, while our last year together was cut short, I’m still very thankful for all of the fun times and happy memories made in the time that we had. I will miss you all, and I hope that, once this is all over, we can all get together again in person to celebrate our graduation and moving on to the next step in life.”
Broc David Shaw
Message: To my fellow classmates, exercise your right to vote in November of 2020..... FOR TRUMP

Ryan Shoettmer
Parents are Kipp and Melinda Schoettmer. Plans on attending Hawkeye Comm College majoring in Civil and Construction Engineering Technology.

Christian Silver-Usher
To everyone out there, stay radical!

Kaylee Shayna Sorum

You’re off to great places,
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So.... get on your way!

By Dr. Seuss

Amy Thomas
Thank you to the teachers who have guided me through school and helped to prepare me for what the future may hold.

Hanna Ruth Timmerman
Parents - Kevin and Jamie Timmerman

Message - "This too shall pass" - Grammy

Lauren Upmeyer

A lot happened to the class of 2020 between the halls of Vinton Shellsburg, and we were hoping to finish off the year with special senior memories to cap off our high school experience. But we’re all still going to shine in our own ways regardless, because that’s who we are. Thank you guys.

Jillian White

This has been a very strange way to end my senior year but I understand why they are doing these things. I want to say thank you to all of my family, friends, and teachers that have been there to help me for all of these years. There are a lot of things that I wouldn't have been able to do if they weren't there. This has been an interesting time and way to end my highschool career but I wouldn't change it for anything. It is one for the history books and definitely a learning experience. I am grateful for all of the people that have been there for me this far and excited to see where I go in my next chapter at Mount Mercy University. I am going to major in secondary special education and play in the band.

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Thank you SO much for taking the time to put this together! Ummm ... those aren’t tears in my eyes. Allergies! Yes, allergies!!
By: Randy Scheel on May 22nd 11:27pm

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