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Weston School graduates eighth-grade students
Students from Weston Elementary begin the long walk over to the gymnasium Tuesday to begin the 2011 graduation ceremonies.

RIPON — Ripon Unified school board trustee Ernie Tyhurst presented two Trustee Awards at Tuesday night’s graduation ceremonies at Weston Elementary School.  Class President Emma Lewis welcomed the parents and friends to the school auditorium.

The plaques went to Carly Stanger and Cameron Costa, both having 4.0 grade point averages.  Stanger was seen as a top math student, funny in class videos and a hard worker.

Costa has shown a love for history as well as band and has shown skills in math as well.

Eighth-grade teacher Steve Merchant presented the citizenship awards to Wesley Mohler and Emily O’Brien.  Merchant and the other eighth-grade teacher Chris Merchant accompanied the students on their class trip to San Francisco earlier in May.

“The class of 2011 has been a class of good character,” chimed Weston Elementary School’s principal Lisa Fereira.

“While at Weston they have been highly engaged in learning.  They are great conversationalists and good-natured citizens,” she said.

She warned they will face challenges as they enter high school that no other class has ever had to face with extremely large class sizes, fewer class choices, and less opportunities to make up classes they may not have passed.

The alumna speaker was Victoria Gallup from the eighth-grade class of 2007.  She was introduced by class vice president Emily O’Brien.

The class motto: “Together we have experienced life, separately we will pursue our dreams and forever our memories will remain.”