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The Monroe City R-1 Middle School held a Promotion Ceremony for the eighth-grade class on May 23 at 7 p.m. There was a total of 55 students being promoted to high school during the evenings commencement.

The processional started with the tune of Pomp and Circumstance as the students entered the middle school gymnasium. The students entered the gym from the east and west outside doors and met in the center. After the students were seated, Emily Osborn, class president came forward to welcome everyone in attendance to the special celebration.

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Next, Katelyn Johnson gave an address, sharing words of encouragement as the class advances into their next journey of high school. Afterwards, Brooklyn Fessenden addressed the audience and class.

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During the presentation of awards and certificates the following students were recognized with awards. The Lanham Essay Award was awarded to Jayla Taylor, the Outstanding Athletes were Jazlynn Stark and Cameron Jones, MSHSAA Sportsmanship Awards were received by Skylar Gosney and Reece Buhlig, the Outstanding Science Award was awarded to Colby East and Belle Clark and the Social Studies Award was presented to Ceaton Pennewell.

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This year’s Most Courteous Boy and Girl was Hannah Shoemate and Michael Barbieri, the BL Minor Good Citizen Award was awarded to Katelyn Johnson and the Principal’s Award for Outstanding Sustained Effort was received by Alex McClusky. The students graduating with the Highest GPA were Belle Clark and Jocelyn Clark. Belle obtained a 4.0 all four years of middle school and Jocelyn had a 4.0 for the last three years of middle school.

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Next, the presentation of diplomas was given out by Linda Greening, School Board Vice-President, as the graduates walked one by one to receive their promotional diploma and returned to their seats.

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The 2019 eighth grade class chose the class motto, “Hakuna Matata”, with their class flower being a rose and class color as yellow. As the evening ended, the class all joined together for a group picture, as the tune “Hakuna Matata” played.

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