Guest speaker for the event was Sedalia Police Chief John DeGonia, who illustrated how the choices you make today affect you later in life.
“Race Car” Bob Hiller spoke briefly about his involvement in raising funds for the program over the years with the annual DARE Car Show.
The winners of a DARE essay contest were named — Madison Gardner (first), Joseph Lovvorn (second) and Madison Hayde (third) — and each one delivered their prize-winning speech to the other students, parents and school administrators attending the program.
Officer Rodney Collins presented each DARE graduate in Mrs. Sarah Tippie’s class with a certificate of completion, while Chief DeGonia gave each student a DARE T-shirt. In addition, DARE Mascot DAREN the Lion high-fived the DARE grads as they stepped up to receive their certificates. Escorting DAREN was Pettis County DARE Officer Stephanie Sinclair.
Mrs. Tippie, along with Principal Dr. Jim Davis, received a plush DAREN for their efforts in supporting the DARE program.
Morgan McKeon received a special commemorative DARE coin from Officer Collins for her outstanding participation in the program.
Those who successfully completed the DARE program at Sacred Heart include: Summer Caton, Cody Damlo, Zaine Dover, Dylan Elwood, Madison Gardner, Anna Glen, Jacobo Gonzalez-Rubio, Grace Goodwin, Madison Hayden, Joseph Lovvorn, Ainsley Martignetti, Alex Matz, Hannah McDonald, Morgan McKeon, Isaiah Robinson, Jude Rollings, Ryan Russell, Dylan Schibi, Maia Smith, Evan Spilker, Drew Smith, Kaylea Weber, Elizabeth Wickham, Blaise Wilt and Abbigail Withers.
Father Jim Betzen provided the invocation and benediction for the event.
The event concluded with a slide show featuring the 2013 Sacred Heart DARE Class, along with posing for a class photo with Officer Rodney Collins and DAREN. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.