“Keep being there for them,” encouraged principal Kale Riccomini during his remarks. He encouraged parents, family members and friends to continue supporting the 57 students as they move through high school and life.

“Just because the past didn’t turn out like you wanted, doesn’t mean your future can’t be better than you imagined.” That was the quote selected by Sisson School’s 2019 graduates, who celebrated their accomplishments during a well-attended ceremony Thursday evening, June 6.

“Keep being there for them,” encouraged principal Kale Riccomini during his remarks. He encouraged parents, family members and friends to continue supporting the 57 students as they move through high school and life.

Joan Hayward of the Mt. Shasta 5 Star Kiwanis presented citizenship awards to Sylva Carpenter and Hunter Johnson. She said both of them exhibit qualities of leadership and always do the right thing, even when it’s not easy.

River Tacbas, who also serves as Sisson’s Student Body President, was presented the Mount Shasta City Pin by Mayor Barbara Wagner.

Wagner said the pin is awarded to a student who exemplifies the qualities of a good leader. She said Tacbas is “responsible and organized and takes charge of projects and assignments with enthusiasm. She goes above and beyond what is required and encourages others to do their best as well.”

Eighth grade teacher Carla Huhtala, who has been a teacher at Sisson for 29 years, was recognized with a round of applause when Riccomini announced that she will retire this year.

Graduates Elyssa Harrison, Camryn Sneed and Tacbas reviewed the class history. They pointed out each student and the year they joined the class. Many began their educational careers together as kindergartners at Mount Shasta Elementary School. The girls also pointed out significant events that happened during each year of their lives.

Some parents got a little teary during a short break in the ceremony, during which Kenny Chesney’s song “Don’t Blink” played, giving the audience an opportunity to come forward and take photographs.

Many students were recognized for academic awards, including the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, which required recipients to maintain a 3.5 GPA or above during each quarter of both seventh and eighth grades. Others were presented with the Principal’s Academic Award, which required a 3.5 GPA or above throughout eighth grade. Yet others received the National Fit American Award, which means that they completed six out of six physical fitness tests.

Mount Shasta Union School District trustees John Duncan and Nancy Swift handed out diplomas and superintendent Barry Barnhart presented the graduates, who promptly celebrated with confetti and streamers.

The brand new high schoolers left the gymnasium to Carrie Underwood’s song “The Champion.” The class celebrated at a Cubco-sponsored party at Say Cheese Pizza from 8 to midnight, dancing, playing games, enjoying food and signing yearbooks.

The following awards were presented at the graduation ceremony:

President’s Award

Adrian Ackerman-Mero

Nathaniel Bekaert

Sylva Carpenter

Porter Cobb

Ella Sophia Coleman

Kaia Lancour

Zora Lovrak

Brooklyn Lowry

Athena Maniatis

Noah Roach

Camryn Sneed

Chloe Sneed

River Tacbas

Willow Tinsman

Principal’s Academic Award

Adrian Ackerman Mero

Nathaniel Bekaert

Jacob Bleazard

Seth Bleazard

Sylva Carpenter

Porter Cobb

Ella Sophia Coleman

Kaia Lancour

Zora Lovrak

Brooklyn Lowry

Athena Maniatis

Adrianna Merrill

Gabriele Olson

Ella Rawitch

Noah Roach

Camryn Sneed

Chloe Sneed

River Tacbas

Willow Tinsman

National Fit American Award

Adam Aguirre

Daniel Baker

Jacob Bleazard

Seth Bleazard

Kanalei Brasch

Sylva Carpenter

Porter Cobb

Ella Sophia Coleman

Nicole Collins

Angel Cruz Millian

Riley Darrah

William Halterman

Elyssa Harrison

Andrew Hoskins

Finn Howie

Faith Hubbard

Hunter Johnson

Ransom Kenny

Caliber Kinkade

Hannay Kirby

Kaia Lancour

Zora Lovrak

Brooklyn Lowry

Alexa Luquin

Athena Maniatis

Noah Manley

Anthony Maria

Adrianna Merrill

MiaMichelle Morris

Gabriele Olson

Andrew Pigoni

Hudson Porteous

Ella Rawitch

Tristen Reeves

Cayden Reginato

Hunter Reginato

Noah Roach

Josh Shannon

Camryn Sneed

Chloe Sneed

River Tacbas

Willow Tinsman

Daniel Torres

Zechariah Welch

Maliya Wemmer

Kolton Yager

Ashlyn Zanni