8th grade Promotion

Posted by Kathryn Thomas on 6/1/2018 10:10:00 AM

Forty-seven eighth graders crossed the stage for Hamilton Elementary School’s eighth grade promotion ceremony at Hamilton High School on May 31st. Alex Wilson and Ashley Martinez opened the evening with the Pledge of Allegiance, and Student Body President, Alexis Villegas, welcomed parents, staff, and students along with her translator, 8th grader Karina Puente. Salutatorian, Ana Araceli Orzco, addressed the students with a nostalgic speech, taking her cohort through shared memories from their early Kinder years through the last year as 8th graders, translated by Sandra Rubio. Kent Thor, this year’s Valedictorian, inspired all attendees with his poignant words centered on the class theme of the importance of being oneself. The speech was seamlessly translated by Gloria Hernandez, also the recipient of the Academic Excellence Awards. Eighth grade student, Carmen Ortiz, was the recipient of this year’s Gerald Tippping award, an award presented to a student who attended Hamilton Elementary for all nine years and selected by teachers for outstanding academic achievements. After Superintendent Tracy’s presentation of the class, the evening concluded with the Class of 2022 walking two by two to Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind.”

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