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Moving onto high school from middle school

July 7, 2018

LAUGHLIN ― The eighth grade recognition ceremony serves as a way of recognizing students for their accomplishments but also to transition students into the last segment of public education before seeking out their futures whether it be to further their education or entering the work force.

Roger Reimer, of the American Legion Richard Springston Post 60, presented some awards. He said the American Legion School Awards Program is presented to eighth grade students based on a criterion of leadership, patriotism, scholarship and community service. The school staff and faculty pick the candidates while the Legion presents the awards, he continued.

This year’s recipients were Vanessa Mejia and Emiliano Mendez, Reimer said. They both received a school awards certificate and a $30 Walmart gift card.

The ceremony included academic speeches by Etana Lehman and Vanessa Mejia. Lehman said this last school year provided lots of valuable lessons. She spoke of the Detroit fire of 1805.

“Despite the people’s best efforts to save their beloved city, Detroit burned…completely. Despite the ashes the city had been reduced to, the people of Detroit were hopeful. They knew they could rebuild and they did,” Lehman said.

She compared the river to an individual’s life and the buckets of water being used to fight the fire as that individual’s actions. The fire represented the rest of the world.

The lesson to be learned is that yes bad things happen, she said. But either the world happens to someone or that individual happens to the word, she continued.

She encouraged her classmates to make good decisions and to opt to happen to the world.

Mejia talked about how much she and her classmates have learned the past three years. She pointed out what certain teachers have taught, thanking them and her parents for all the support.

She encouraged her classmates to head into high school with a critical thinking mind and to finish their school years strong.

The awards ceremony included presenting academic achievement awards for having a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and 4.0. Various awards were presented for English, math, science, social studies and physical education. Art club, band and Interact members also received awards.