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Senior Spotlight

 Courtney Jones

Courtney Jones plans on going straight into the construction work force after graduating with the Class of 2018 in May.  

Courtney is involved with Adrian Band and our Adrian FFA Chapter.  She enjoys hanging out with family in her spare time.  Her favorite memory is going to Sea World in Florida and getting to interact with the dolphins.  Since Courtney is involved in band and is at a lot of our home games, she feels that Blackhawk Pride means coming out to support the teams.

Courtney enjoys animals and hopes to be able to volunteer at an animal shelter one day and help find homes for our four legged friends.  

Best of Luck to you Courtney after your graduation from AHS.
 Jessica Keel

Jessica Keel plans on becoming a nurse after graduating with the Class of 2018.  She is currently involved with helping at the Adrian Manor where she has become interested in the nursing field.

Jessica enjoys spending time with friends and riding horses in her spare time.  A favorite memory of Jessica's is going to Montana with her family.

Jessica is ready to see what her future holds after graduation and we wish her the best of luck!

Carter Lalumia 

Carter Lalumia is currently in the middle of his Senior wrestling season where he recently got his 100th win in the wrestling program.  Carter has made his mark on Adrian wrestling and even though Carter is a "quiet" participant we recognize the strength he has given to the program.  

After graduation, Carter would like to become an electrician.  He enjoys hunting, fishing, and "tearing stuff up".  Besides being involved in wrestling, Carter is also a member of the Adrian FFA.  

Carter looks forward to his weekends, which this time of year is spent at wrestling tournaments; but, Spring is coming and Carter can get to fishing.  Good Luck, Carter, on your future plans.





William Kussmaul

William Kussmaul plans to attend UCM to obtain a degree in Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education.  William enjoys playing video and board games, reading and watching TV.  

William is a member of the National Honor Society, Choir and the Gaming Club. William stated "believe it or not, I often end up playing a support role in team-based games usually a healer.  Whether or not I'm good at it, I'll leave that to you."  

William enjoys working with others.  When asked about volunteering, he would volunteer as a mentor.  Blackhawk Pride means "that you support your school whether it is helping fellow students out, telling people the (somtimes) harsh truth, or participating in school events.  It looks like William already has a little of what it takes to get that degree in Secondary Education.  

Good Luck to you, William!

Summer King


Summer King always has a smile on her face.  She plans to attend State Fair Community College to study to become a dental hygienist.  She is currently working at the nursing home in Adrian and she keeps her head held high everyday to keep moving forward.

Summer enjoys spending time with family and her best friend.  She enjoys riding horses and listening to music.  Summer is a member of the Adrian Lady Blackhawks softball team.  It has given her more confidence and made some great friends while playing.  She said that Blackhawk Pride means "to come together as a community and family and stick together to make the community happy."  

Summer is proud of her class and everything they have accomplished.  She wishes them luck in life and "just follow your heart and move forward...not backward."  Summer has a great attitude and we wish her luck after graduation.


 Taylor Edmiston

Taylor Edmiston has not yet decided where she is going to attend college.  With so many choices in colleges in the area, that is a tough decision. 

Taylor is one of our Blackhawk Cheerleaders and she enjoys that.  She also enjoys spending time with friends and family.  While in HS Taylor has been involved in cheerleading and FCCLA.  When asked about volunteering, Taylor would enjoy volunteering at a humane society.  

Many students have enjoyed naming the states they have visited.  Taylor said a fun fact about herself is that she has only visited 4 states but she has been in 5 different countries.  

What does Blackhawk Pride mean to Taylor?  "It means to be proud of being a Blackhawk.  To actually attend events, whether it is a sporting event or a choir concert.  Just making sure that you show your support to your fellow Blackhawks.  

Good Luck Taylor!



 Jordan Gray

Jordan Gray is the son of John and Loretta Gray.  The Gray family owns Gray's Restaurant in Adrian.  Jordan plans to continue working at the restaurant after graduation and continue working on his bowling score.  Jordan enjoys bowling in his spare time and would like to become a Pro Bowler someday.  

Jordan's Blackhawk Pride is supporting your team and your class; "having fun with loyalty."  If there was an opportunity to volunteer Jordan would choose a homeless shelter to help those that are less fortunate.  He has given back to the school by helping Coach Noland manage the Adrian Blackhawks Baseball team.  

Good luck to you, Jordan, during the rest of your senior year and after graduation with the Class of 2018.  Thank you for your hard work!









 Sami Costigan

Sami Costigan is the daughter of Mike and Tisha Costigan.  Sami has been accepted in the Pre-Veterinary program at Kansas State University.  She will be working towards her Veterinary Medicine Doctorate.  She has a good start with wanting to become a vet, as she works at the Koch-Stiggie Vet Clinic.  She also enjoys reading, drawing, writing and blogging in her spare time.

Sami is the secretary of our FFA Chapter and she attends every FCA meeting and will often volunteer for devotions and ice breakers.  She is also the Historian for Adrian's NHS Chapter.  Blackhawk Pride to Sami means family.  She says..."You can't grow up in a small town in a small school where all your cousins pick on you in the halls and not think of it as home".

"I love working at the vet clinic. My parents have always told me that if you find a job you love, you'll never work a day in your life. And, boy is that true. The clinic consumes most of my time. I walk through the door, and by the time I leave, I have learned so much. Every single day, I'm doing something different."

Good Luck to you, Sami, as you continue your senior year and becoming a KSate Wildcat next fall. 



 LeRon Diamond

LeRon Diamond plans on taking his love for music to become your future favorite artist.  He enjoys listening to music and watching Kung-Fu movies in his spare time.  Leron is the son of LeRon and Linda Diamond.

LeRon is a member of the Adrian Blackhawks Basketball Team, Track Team and FBLA.  LeRon would enjoy volunteering as a mentor.  Good luck to you your last semester at Adrian High School and as you enter the world of "adulting".     
 Kate Bunch

Kate Bunch plans to attend Missouri State University and major in pre-veterinary medicine.  She is the daughter of Brandon and Kristie Bunch.

Kate enjoys spending time with friends and making new memories.  She is involved in Adrian FFA and is a member of the Blackhawks Cheer Team.  With Kate's interest in veterinary medicine she would enjoy volunteering at a humane society.  

Kate describes what Blackhawk Pride means to her, "Blackhawk Pride means that you respect our school and represent the black and gold colors.  You cheer through all the good times and are there to pick our team(s) up in the bad times as well."

Thank you Kate for your involvement and pride you have in our school.  Good luck to you in your last semester at Adrian High and in becoming a college student.





 Denton Cunningham
Meet Denton Cunningham, our senior spotlight of the week.  He is the son of Matthew and Julie Cunningham.   Denton plans to attend Metropolitan Community college then transfer to UCM.  Denton is a member of FFA, the Blackhawk Football Team and the Blackhawk Baseball Team.

In Denton's spare time, he enjoys binge watching all of the Transformer movies.  If he could choose to volunteer somewhere, he would spend time helping those in need at a homeless shelter.  

"What does Blackhawk Pride mean to you?"  Denton commented that it means "showing up and getting to work.  Pushing yourself past your limits and becoming a better person everyday."

We appreciate Denton's hard work and wish him continued success.  
Enjoy the rest of your senior year.  

 Ashlee Burris
Meet our senior spotlight this week, Ashlee Burris.  She is the daughter of 
Mike and Michele Burris.  Ashlee plans to attend UCM and major in nursing with a minor in missionary work. In June of 2017, Ashlee made a mission trip to the Dominican Republic for nine days.

Ashlee is very busy at school and doesn't have alot of extra time right now.  She serves as Student Council President, FCCLA President, NHS Vice-President, FCA Devotion Leader, member of the Scholar Bowl and a Blackhawk Cheerleader.  If given a choice, Ashlee would enjoy volunteering at the VFW.  

Ashlee shares her Blackhawk Pride and feels a sense of belonging no matter who you are or the situation you were born into.  

Thank you Ashlee, for your leadership in our school and community.  We wish you continued success for the remainder of your senior year
 and in your nursing career.




 Izaak Adams

Izaak Adams will graduate from Adrian High School at semester. His plans after graduation is to join the Navy.  In his spare time, he enjoys driving his car and cooking. 
Ms Dillilio stated that Izaak enjoys being creative in her FACS class.

If he could choose to volunteer somewhere he would enjoy volunteering his time at an animal shelter.  A favorite memory of Izaak's is traveling around Europe with his family.  

"When I'm in a slump, I comfort myself by saying if I believe in dinosaurs, then somewhere, they must be believing in me. And if they believe in me, then I can believe in me."  Then I bust out laughing.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish Izaak luck and much success in his Naval career.
Destyne Bollinger

Destyne Bollinger plans to attend Metropolitan Community College and get a feel for what she is interested in.  After obtaining her Associates Degree she plans to transfer to Northwest Missouri State University.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends, reading, and visiting family and friends in Liberty.  Destyne has been involved in cheerleading at Adrian High School.  If she could volunteer somewhere, she would choose to spend time helping at a homeless shelter. 

A favorite memory for Destyne is "When I was in elementary school, I auditioned to be a dancer for a program at my church called, "praise kids". At that time I had recently quit gymnastics and had zero dancing experience. I wasn't very good but I fell in love. After begging my mom, I enrolled at Studio 10 and danced there for two years. When I started to get better my mom enrolled me at Melroe's School of Dance where I started competitive dance. My junior year I became a a part of the Liberty Sapphire's dance team. Long story short, dance helped me gain confidence, make friends and gave me several great memories."

Destyne believes that Blackhawk Pride is the love not only for Adrian High School but the community as a whole.  It is represented in your attitude, your participation and inolvement.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish Destyne continued success as she finishes her senior year and after graduation in May of 2018







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