Silex High School held its 2021 Commencement Ceremony on May 21.
Valedictorian Alexis Plackemeier and Salutatorian Makayla Schneider gave a joint commencement address, instead of individual speeches to the crowd at the outdoor event.
In addition to Plackemeier and Schneider, the school's Top Ten included Krista Baker, Esther Boenker, Kylie Coats, Julia Grateke, Kelan Kinion, Alaina Norton, Steven Salyer and Matthew Wilson.
Graduates gave white roses to their mothers midway through the event, to the surprise of their grateful matriarchs.
Blue Star Moms, a group consisting of mothers of current and former servicemembers, also honored Matthew Brawley, a Silex graduate who is entering the United States Army after high school.