During the May 20 graduation ceremony, the Jefferson High School Band paid tribute to the Trimble brothers, William and Alex, who died in a tragic auto accident, and the audience was asked to think of 2016 graduate Jordyn Ellen Engleberg who is hospitalized after a serious accident near the scene of the Trimble’s fatal wreck. There was applause when Jordyn was announced among the graduates.
The 71st commencement exercises for Jefferson High School were held May 20 in The Arena as the threat of continued rainy weather conditions prompted the move to an indoor venue rather than graduation being held in Memorial Stadium.
Jefferson City Schools Board of Education chairman Ronnie Hopkins said while the basketball team and wrestlers, for example, think The Arena was constructed to provide them with a new and spacious venue – and that is true – the true purpose was revealed when this year’s graduation was pushed inside.
Hopkins also noted that the school system’s history links to a commencements dating back 198 years so it was truly a historic occasion.
While a time of celebration, it was also somewhat somber as a graduating senior, Jordyn Ellen Engelberg, is fighting for her life after an afternoon automobile accident which left her critically injured. She required surgery due to the extent of her injuries and fellow students and faculty asked that she and her family be in everyone’s thoughts as she recovers. Her name was announced among the graduates and the crowd applauded.
Also remembered were William Trimble and Alex Trimble, two Jefferson High School brothers who lost their life in a tragic auto accident not far from the location of Engelberg’s wreck on Old Pendergrass Road near the Damon Gause Bypass. The Jefferson High School Band performed “Different Drummer” as a tribute to the brothers.
The band also performed the national anthem after bagpiper Henry Frantz, playing the traditional Scottish march, “Pomp and Circumstance,” led the processional of board of education members, faculty and graduates around the interior catwalk of The Arena, down the steps and onto the court.
Jared Michael Brown presented the salutatorian address and said the class of graduates reminded him of the school’s columns which he proudly walked through – each individual pillar held up their involvement in a variety of academic and extracurricular pursuits and each are destined to venture out in different directions, but all linked together under the roof at Jefferson High School.
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