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Good-bye & hasta la vista to Ripon Elementary
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Alex Bair snaps a picture prior to the Ripona School graduation of Ally Fannin and Bryce Coutrakis. Both girls have been at Ripona since kindergarten and Bryce came in the sixth grade. - photo by GLENN KAHL

RIPON - Four Ripon Elementary School students who had taken a special Spanish immersion class welcomed the graduation audience Wednesday night in the high school auditorium speaking both in English and in Spanish.

The classmates working as a team were Isaiah Sanchez, Erika Cruz, Yesenia Guerrero and Elena Ruiz.  There are 44 students in the eighth grade class.

Two of the coveted “Trustee Awards” went to Angelo Baciocco and Emily Pedersen and were presented by school board member Jack DeLiddo.  Citizenship award plaques were presented to Isaiah Sanchez and Rosa Alvarado presented by teachers Nicole Bodeson and James Thomas.


Six Ripona Elementary School graduates won the coveted “Trustee Award” usually given to only the top student or students of the class with perfect grades.   

Ripon Unified board member Kit Oase made the presentations at the 7 p.m. graduation in the school’s multi-purpose room Wednesday evening.

The students receiving the Trustee Awards included Drake Anthony Vizcarra, McLean Elise Scearce, Gina Alisa Machado, Suzanne Michelle Elizabeth Turner, Samantha Grace Hyer and Hailey Noel Johnson.

Two students were singled out of the 56 graduates for the school’s citizenship awards.  Nicholas Bartlett and Tahlia Smith, were the recipients, according to Principal Warren Council.


Eight students with perfect grades were presented with the sought after “Trustee Awards” at last night’s eighth grade graduation at Weston Elementary School out of a small class of 32 graduates.

School board chairman Mike Fisher had the honor of presenting the eight plaques to Sean Bergman, Michael Fisher, Matthew Grattan, Darren Sexton, Sarah DeFreitas, Ashley Hovis, Jadeen Llora, and Marissa Regalo.

Two Citizenship Awards were presented to Madalyn Hawes and Matthew Fisher during the ceremonies in the school’s multi-purpose room.

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Ripon Christian Middle School graduated some 70 students Wednesday evening in the high school gymnasium before full bleachers as well as others in chairs set up on the hardwoods.

Students filed in from both doors in the processional that was orchestrated by the school band.  The opening prayer was given by Superintendent/Principal Kerry Manus who also presented the student awards. 

The class speaker was Amanda Neeley and the formal address was presented by Mr. Mike Pilcher.  The diplomas were handed out by board members Brian Vos and Sue Eastham.

The class song sung by the graduates was “Majesty of Heaven.”