Sixteen Brock Elliott School eighth graders were lauded for perfect grade point averages at commencement ceremonies Wednesday evening in the Sierra High School gymnasium. Another 11 were credited with earning grade point averages of 3.5 or greater from the class of more than 100 students.
The top honors for outstanding academic achievement among the class went to Sarah LaRue and Tevin Franklin – both receiving plaques for their accomplishments.
Plaques were also awarded for the most improved students. Those went to Angelina Corona-Valezquez and Enoch Oliveira. Outstanding achievement in The Arts went to Anna Bingham and Kruse Kelley. Outstanding athletic achievement plaques were presented to Alexis Young and Hunter Johnson.
The Brock Elliott Spirit Award recipients were Christina Lara and Marcus Salsedo.
Students who achieved a 4.0 grade point average were Mattaniah Aytenfsu, Tevin Franklin, Jacob Gallagher, Bradley Kelley, Mark Kelly, Christina Lara, Sarah, LaRue, Alex Len, Allen Len, Tyler Lewis, Mallory Manetti, Stephanie Ochoa Castellanos, Anna Recker, Marcus Salsedo, Marissa Scott, and Alexis Young.
Students with a 3.5 or better GPA were Madeline Grigsby, Aaron Lam, Alejandro Loaiza, Alyssa Palesch, Victorianna Rangel, Denise Aguilar Reyes, Lorena Rodriguez, Raylene Sadorra, Leopoldo Soto, Alexander Stoley and Morgan Willis.
Pomp and Circumstance was played by the Brock Elliott School Band and the pledge of allegiance was offered by Connor Riley and Princess Uwakwe. Principal Debbie Ruger welcomed the guests and made the appropriate introductions.
Monay Montez was the student speaker with the slide show under the direction of Darcy Freitas and advisor Jeff Caligiuri. A student vocal performance was presented by Anna Recker, Mattaniah Aytenfsu and Taylor Steele – their selection, “Lean on Me” by Bill Whiteaker.
The band presented a musical selection entitled “Avenger” by Rob Guice under the direction of band director Melissa Manalastas.
Principal Debbie Ruger made her comments and presented the class to receive their diplomas from director of health services Caroline Thibodeau and board member Manuel Medeiros.
Kristen Maestretti took top honors at Stella Brockman Elementary School’s commencement exercises Wednesday evening receiving the coveted Stella Brockman Award.
The award singles out the one student who exemplifies excellence in every aspect of their school experience. Kristen not only had a 4.0 grade point average, but she was also credited with her peer resource activities including tutoring and her sporting achievement.
She played volleyball, basketball and took high school Spanish classes as well.
A plaque for good character went to Anis Guedoir, who was also one of the 10 students who also scored a perfect grade point average of 4.0 for every trimester at their school.
Those receiving recognition for their perfect grade point averages were Nicole Arteaga, Annie Banks, Keegan D’Souza, Marissa Gutierrez, Christopher, Landry, Alfredo Lopez, Adryan Paez and Haley Silva.
Students who earned a 3.5 grade point average or higher included Richard Bailey, Anaya Cruz, Alexandria Davis, Michael Doran, Ruth Esparza, Anna Jimenez, Madeline Keasling, Nina LeDang, Yulissa Lozoya Sanchez, Dominick SantosBrinton, Bertha Stockdale, and Ryan Vasquez.
Graduates entered the school gymnasium to the traditional Pomp and Circumstance. Annie Banks and Yulissa Lozoya Sanchez welcomed the audience and led the flag salute at the opening of the ceremonies. The Star Spangled Banner was sung by Annie Banks.
Serving as student speaker was Haley Silva.
School Principal Mrs. Candace Espinola made her own comments and presented the class as having completed the requirements to be promoted on to high school.