Music, song, and messages of hope and celebration marked the Class of 2014 Brock Elliott School Promotion Ceremony on Wednesday.
The venue for the event – the Sierra High School gymnasium – is one in which the graduates will fill at home for the next four year starting this fall when they start their high school education.
The Wolf Pack’s very own junior high band director, music teacher Melissa Manalastas, and the sixth- to eighth-grade who comprise the group, provided the musical backdrop. They played the “Pomp and Circumstance” as the eighth graders processed into the gym at the beginning of the ceremony, and played “Rondeau from Premiere Suite” for the recessional. During the program, the band gave a musical presentation with several members of the graduating students playing, entitled “Crystal Moon.” The band also performed the national anthem, Star-Spangled Banner, which started the ball rolling for the evening ceremony.
Additional music was provided by eighth grader Alyssa Patterson whose vocal performance was the inspiring song, “Greatest Love of All.
Student speakers Kailee Lencioni and James Figueroa gave inspirational words of wisdom coupled with reminiscences down memory lane. Lencioni’s message impressed Caroline Thibodeau, Manteca Unified’s Health Services Director, so much she commented it was the “best graduation speech” she has ever heard in any graduation, elementary or high school. Thibodeau represented the school district in declaring the class as ready for promotion to high school and in handing the certificates of promotion at the conclusion of the program.
Brock Elliott Principal Debbie Ruger, who served as the program emcee, joined Thibodeau and Anita Tillotson distribute the certificates and congratulate the graduates.