DARE Officers (or mentors) Rodney Collins, Bradley Beard and Michael Elwood conducted the ceremony, assisted by SMS Principal Sarah Pannier and Vice Principal Brendon Eisenmenger.
Special guest speaker was 17-year-old Jennifer Rubin from Chesterfield (a suburb of St. Louis).
She is a member of the DARE Youth Advisory Board and founder of “Rockin’ for Relief.”
Winners from each of the six classes in the DARE essay contest read their winning submissions aloud to those attending the ceremony, which included numerous parents and relatives.
Some of the DARE Essay winners included Gabriel Orr, Kali Butts, Maggie Williams, Alexis Love, Mikiah Lancaster, Melissa Fernando, Emily Faries. Destiny Alllen, Taileena Oj, Chloe Fiet, Maria Talvera, Jaysen Gerke, Elizabeth Beard, Jessi Layton, Ethan Daly and Cassandra Mankin. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia Weekly Observer.