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Colony Oak promotes 59 to high school
Colony Oak graduates, from left, Landon West, Aidan Postma, and Ryan Werner share some laughs one last time as 8th graders in Michael Merchants class where they staged before Wednesdays promotion ceremonies. - photo by HIME ROMERO/ The Bulletin

The next stop for most of the 59 eighth-grade students at Colony Oak Elementary School will be Ripon High.
They received their promotion certificates to do so at Wednesday’s ceremony held in the Multi-Purpose Building.
The Class of 2017 shared their history to all in attendance. Included were families, friends and special guests.
Of the 59 honored, 39 earned academic excellence by making the honor roll throughout this past year.
Included were Malery States, Caroline Parker and Kailey Tijero.
States led in the Pledge of Allegiance, Parker provided the welcome speech and Tijero had the honor of introducing the guest speaker.
Principal Cheryl Griffiths presented the class to the Ripon Unified school board Vice President Kit Oase for promotion.
Class members included Joana Aguirre, Ricardo Alvarez, Jaden Ayala, Mia Benedetti, Madison Berry, Carter Bourdeau, Luke Bridges, Alexis Brush, Jaret Camarena, Jacob Curless, Haris Demidzic, Maria Di Scala, Samiah Elsumri, Tyler Gahm, Leah Gann, Emmanuel Garcia, Teresa Godinez Becerra, Emiliano Gutierrez, Gabriella Gutierrez, Brayden Haines, Jose Hermosillo, Kimberlee Hern, Matthew Hernand, Jared Huskey, Kailee Jackson, Alyssa Jauregui, Carter Lacey, Caleb Lagier Yciano, Jennifer Lopez, Bradley Machado.
Jordan Machado, Matthew Maragos, Samantha Martinez, Nicole McKinnon, Anthony Mendoza, Olivia Morris, Cristian Ochoa, Carlos Padilla, Caroline Parker, Hailey Porteous, Aiden Postma, Nicholas Ricketts, Sarah Rinne, Michael Robustelli, Luis Rodriguez, Ariana Scholten, Riley Simmons, Joaylyn Solorio, Malery States, Robert Strempel, Gianna Thiel, Kailey Tijero, Madyson Valencia, Tyler Van Dyk, Jaden Vivit, Ryan Werner, Landon West, Vanessa Whitmire and Alexander Williams.