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The Ledger May 26, 2016The Ledger May 26, 2016

Moundridge Graduates 30

Posted 5/26/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Hilarie Hecox, principal at Moundridge High School, wanted to take one more photograph of her first senior class at MHS during Moundridge’s 117th Commencement Exercises Saturday, May 21, at the MHS gymnasium.

MHS’s Class of 2016 had a total of 30 members.

Hecox admitted she has taken a lot of photographs of Moundridge students during her first year as principal at the high school.

“I have more photographs of your children on my cell phone then I do of my own,” Hecox told parents. “They are ‘my children’ as well.”

After using her cell phone to take one photo, she said she wanted to try it one more time. Hecox wanted to “make sure it’s a good one.”

Hexox told the graduates teachers and MHS were “always here for you.”

The principal encouraged students to do good, be honest and frank and give the world the best you have.

The graduates should “find their passions and follow them,” Hecox told the graduates.

The three valedictorians for the Class of 2016 were Sky Creed, Peri Lange and Mykaela Ptacek. All three teens had 4.0 grade point averages for their four years of high school.

In their joint address, the graduates talked about lessons learned during high school.

Ptacek said instrumental music instructor Aaron Begnoche “can relate anything to band.”

Lange noted language arts teacher Melanie Krehbiel had students learn 250 new words during the school year.

“We are a unique class made up of different personalities,” Creed said.

They said the graduating class included four foreign exchange students and 19 members joined the class through the years in Moundridge.

Ptacek noted class members had to worked together to overcome the “bad class” reputation they had earned after some members had eaten dog treats in fifth grade.

The teens ended their speech with encouraging their classmates that they were capable of changing the world.

Moundridge art teacher Kelsi Chisholm welcomed attendees to the commencement. She gave her comments like she was reading the school’s morning announcements.

Chisholm told parents, “Today is as much as bout you as it is your seniors.”

She reminded high school juniors, “Your senior year goes by the quickest.”

For the graduates, she said they should be prepared to take the most “selfies” to commemorate their graduations.

They should also expect to be asked “50 times” during the day about what are they planning to do now and if they are going to college, what will the study.

MHS teacher Adam Robb gave the closing comments. He sang parts of several songs as he spoke.

“We do believe in your future,” he told graduates and then broke into Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

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Inman Residents Take Advantage Of Shred Day

Posted 5/26/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Shirley Kroeker was among the many Inman area residents who took advantage of Inman’s Shred Day Saturday, May 21. The truck was set up near Raleigh Insurance, in downtown Inman.

Kroeker said she brought income tax records, bank statements and similar personal papers to be shredded.

“This is the first time I’ve come to it,” Kroeker said.

She noted she usually goes to a Shred Day in Hutchinson. After hearing about the local event, Kroeker said she thought it would be more convenient.

Peoples Bank and Trust, Raleigh and the City of Inman sponsored the event.

“We were really busy to start with,” Bob Ratzlaff, with Peoples Bank, said. “It’s been a good day.”

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Frazer Tells Chamber About Upcoming Projects

Posted 5/26/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – City Administrator Randy Frazer talked about upcoming city projects, as well as summer infrastructure projects, when he addressed the Moundridge Chamber of Commerce, Thursday, May 19, at Quincy’s Bar and Grill, in downtown Moundridge.

Frazer told Chamber members the city was starting to look at its wastewater treatment facilities.

“We’re starting to reach the limits to what they can take care of,” Frazer said.

He noted city staff was starting to discuss the issue with engineers “to see what we need to do next.”

Frazer said staff members were expected to have several options to consider. The city could expand the lagoon system it is currently using, add a mechanical treatment system to supplement the lagoons, or completely change to a mechanical treatment plant.

In addition, officials will need to “try to determine the city’s growth patterns.” Frazer explained officials want to make sure they plan for expected city growth, but they do not want to “overbuild” the treatment facilities and spend more money than necessary.

“It will be several months before the engineers will come up with some options,” he added.

Frazer stressed he expected the Moundridge City Council to not make a decision this year.

“It’s time to start planning for it,” he added.

However, Frazer said city staff would start talking to residents about things they could do to extend the life of the current lagoon system.

“It’s something we need to focus on,” he said.

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