Cassville High School honors area veterans
Cassville High School honored nurse Elaine Boles and dozens of other local veterans during the school's 23rd annual Veterans Day assembly, which was held in the CHS gymnasium on Friday.
Southwest Area Career Center JROTC members Kendal Cooper and Mitchell Cooper performed the 13 folds ceremony with the assistance of student narrators Jaira Ragland and Cailey Trotter.
After completing the flag folding ceremony, the cadets presented the flag, which was donated by American Legion Post #118, to Boles.
"This year, the Cassville School District would like to honor Elaine Boles for her service in the United States Army from 1980 to 1989 and her continued service to our community," said CHS Principal Chris Redmon.
Boles and each veteran in attendance also received a certificate of appreciation from the district. Redmon read the names and service information of each veteran present, and CHS Student Council President Becca Haney and Vice President Makayla Coleman handed out the honorary certificates.
The special assembly also offered performances by the high school choir and band.
Choir members sang "Who Are The Brave" and assisted the band in a performance of "Armed Forces -- The Pride of America." The band also performed "The Star Spangled Banner" and "A Nation's Prayer."
Student essays were read by Jennifer Allison, Gage Holloway and Marissa Tucker, and Scott Frederickson, high school band teacher, performed "Taps" at the close of the assembly.
JROTC members Levi Boxley, Adam Cabral, Kendal Cooper, Mitchell Cooper, Nic Cox, Christina Erganian, Trevor Hobbs, Dillon Horlacher, Brandon Jackson, Austin Marrs, Kota Mueller, Chad Norman, Levi Sisco, Austin Smith, Trinity Smith and Aghsah Zamniak presented the colors and assisted CHS FFA members in seating veterans who attended the event.