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Some levity before start of solemn ceremonies for Widmer 8th graders

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Some levity before start of  solemn ceremonies for Widmer 8th graders

Justin Ramos and Galven Munoz share a high-five as they get ready to wrap up their time as elementary school students.

JASON CAMPBELL/The Bulletin


POSTED May 23, 2013 1:09 a.m.

LATHROP – Chase Hayes summed up his excitement in a single motion.

Letting his tassels fly.

With the seriousness of the 8th grade promotion ceremony just minutes away, Hayes – a student at Joseph Widmer Elementary School in Lathrop – let loose with one small gesture before having to make the stoic walk into the school’s gymnasium.

He grabbed the end of his honor cord – which he earned through making the honor roll throughout his time as a middle school student – and started twirling it in the air.

It wasn’t something that he wouldn’t have been able to get away with on stage or after fellow student Manuel Garcia Jr. formally welcomed parents, family members, friends or distinguished guests, but it was something that was both called for and descriptive given his surroundings.

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